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The Singles Game

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  11,548 ratings  ·  1,027 reviews
The new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada and Revenge Wears Prada—a dishy tell-all about a beautiful tennis prodigy who, after changing coaches, suddenly makes headlines on and off the court.

Charlotte “Charlie” Silver has always been a good girl. She excelled at tennis early, coached by her father, a former player himself, and soon b
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by Simon Schuster
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Ann Lewis I think the book ends the way it does because tennis isn't as important a part in Charlie's life any more, so we don't hear all the details (or…moreI think the book ends the way it does because tennis isn't as important a part in Charlie's life any more, so we don't hear all the details (or result!) of the final match, as she has moved on in her life. Judging by how settled she is, and how she beat Natalya in the previous round, I would presume that she won and this ended this stage of her life on a high.(less)

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Heather
Jul 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Really enjoyed this book! Loved the tennis aspect of it as well!
Z
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit, read-2016
Charlie Silver hires a notoriously brutal coach to finally win a slam and overcome her rival Russian tennis icon Maria Sharapova Natalya, while trying not be distracted by her casual fling with the underwear modelling Spaniard considered 'one of the greats of the open era' Rafael Nadal Marco.

Honestly, the book in general seemed to be pretty slow to deliver and (maybe it's picky) but parts of the story didn't seem accurate in the context of the tennis tour as I follow it. For example, the 'pink s
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Aditi
To be a tennis champion, you have to be inflexible. You have to be stubborn. You have to be arrogant. You have to be selfish and self-absorbed. Kind of tunnel vision almost.

----Chris Evert


Lauren Weisberger, the New York Times bestselling author, is back with a glamours yet entertaining contemporary story of a female pro tennis player in her new book, The Singles Game where the author weaves the journey of a tennis player who after undergoing a nasty injury in her life-changing Wimbledon Open,
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Amy
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
So here's the thing. This book? It isn't very well written. I was torn, in fact, between giving it one or two stars.

I settled on two because I did finish reading it, even though I kind of hated myself for continuing to read long past the desertion of my interest in the story.

I'll start with the good parts: you learn a lot about the pro tennis circuit. Lauren Weisberger clearly did her research because she shows you the minutiae of traveling, uniforms, practice schedules, nutrition, and the like.
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Samantha
May 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-books
Light and easy chick-lit that is perfect for reading by the pool or packing in your carry on. Having been horribly disappointed by Weisberger's two last novels, it was nice to see her get her game back (haha). Centered around the world of competitive tennis, THE SINGLES GAME is a "coming of age" story that follows one young, star player as she figures out who she wants to be/what she wants. The cast of characters is predictable: like most summer reads there is a best friend, a previous mentor, a ...more
Yoda
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
If Im being completely honest with myself then I dont really know why I liked this book so much. But I did, I liked the characters and the plot. Honestly its not a book I will remember for a long time, but it was entertaining. And I learned a lot about tennis, Im pretty sure Im a pro now.
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Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
4 Stars

”I will comeback from this injury.
I will get into the top ten.
I will win a grand slam.
I think I can even be number one.”


This is not a romance novel. I repeat this is not a romance novel. (I mean there’s romance in it, but it’s more about a girl and her love of 🎾)

This is a story about Charlie Silver, pro-tennis star who has her sights on winning and winning big.

As with most, of not all, of LWs books this chronicles the life and behind the scenes of what it’s like to be a famous tennis
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DeB MaRtEnS
Froth, brain dead book for those kinds of days.
Ronya
Apr 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to like a book that has an unlikeable main character. I found Charlie annoying and self-centered. Nevertheless, I did make it through without being bored. It wasn't a great story--Weisberger will never write another Devil Wears Prada--but I made it through.
Jennifer
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars

The Singles Game is a standalone that I would classify as Chick Lit.

The narrator is 24 year old Charlotte/Charlie. She is a professional tennis player. The book features 3rd person narration.

When Charlie was younger her father taught her everything he knew about tennis. Now she is a professional tennis player with her brother Jake working with her.

I really enjoyed this book. I loved seeing the life of a tennis player: the travel, the parties, the luxury, the scandal. It was all so int
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Amanda
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, netgalley
Originally posted on Desert Island Book Reviews

To start, I’d like to mention that I know very little about professional tennis, so I can’t vouch for whether any of the behind-the-scenes details are based on truth or speculation. That said, I found the depiction of a tennis star’s life to be absolutely crazy! First, the things that are obviously true: constant traveling, strict diet and exercise regimens, and crazy drug testing requirements. I could never be a pro athlete! I thought Weisberger’s
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Eva • All Books Considered
Review originally posted at All Books Considered: 3.5 STARS

I devoured this, seriously; I read it one day and could not put it down! Isn't that the best feeling? And I love love loved the first 60-ish%. At that point, however, I feel like the characters changed a bit? I don't know that I can pinpoint it but I felt like Charlie and some of the other main characters became a bit inconsistent feeling to me in their words and actions and there was definitely a bit of unnecessary drama. I also didn'
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Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Charlotte Silver, or Charlie, is a professional tennis player who is known for her good girl ways. She wears pastels on the court, has had the same coach for years, always does the right thing, and even weaves a pretty ribbon through her trademark braid. Essentially, she is the all-American good girl, but that doesn't translate to wins on the court. In fact, Charlie is ranked number twenty three. She wants to win a Grand Slam, but that is never going to happen. This is especially true after her ...more
Daci Jaye
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Just what I needed to escape this dumpster fire we call 2016.
Dean Cummings
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Before I even began reading Lauren Weisberger’s “The Singles Game” I sat there staring at the alluring blue and green cover of the book, asking myself, “where does an elite tennis player come from?” I was hoping that Weisberger might give me a sense of some of the aspects of a child’s life that might begin them down the path of dedicating themselves to this great, but extremely demanding sport. I was reasonably confident that if Weisberger could give me a glimpse of this in an authentic and beli ...more
Gina
This new novel from Lauren Weisberger captures the life of 24 year old Charlie Silver, a professional tennis player, who has had a potentially career ending injury. However, Charlie isn't ready to give up so she hires a new coach known for his hard core coaching regimen, gets an image makeover, and comes back at the beginning of the next season as the new and improved Charlie "Warrior Princess". Her image overhaul includes a personality one as well, armed with instructions to make her secret dal ...more
Karen Adkins
Jul 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
This was really unpleasantly bad. To be clear, I knew going in that it was chick lit, and enjoy that genre as a reading break -- I enjoyed her first book (Devil Wears Prada), and was up for some harmless fluff. But the characters were caricatures, and while it was nominally a book about the demands of professional tennis (and she clearly did her research on how physically and mentally grueling that is), it was written for 8th grade girls who spend all their free time writing about boys in their ...more
Becca
Jul 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We're introduced to Charlie, a top tennis player, playing her first match on centre court at Wimbledon, which is a pretty big deal. Naturally, the trainers Nike have given her have pink soles which isn't allowed in Wimbledon rules. To be honest, Nike would never do this, but I get it's for the plot. Having chosen to wear someone else's ill-fitting shoes, Charlie ends up injured moments before she is going to win the match.

When Charlie's coach (who actually seems like a decent human being) sugges
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Angy Potter - Collector of Book Boyfriends
What an amazing book! I don’t even know how to start my review. I decided to listen to this audiobook because I loved The Devil Wears Prada, I’ve only watched the movie but the book has been in my TBR for a long time now, and I couldn’t let pass the opportunity to read the new book of this great author. I’m so happy to say that I’m 250% satisfied with what I read and listened to. The writing was exceptional, the plot was really entertaining— I should reconsider not being a fan of sports because ...more
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
Nov 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Review
I took this one out of the library on audio on a whim. It was available and I was bored. Well, I was shocked when I finished listening to it in a day!

We follow Charlie through the year or so after a serious injury where she has made serious changes to her life and tennis career to try and win a Grand Slam. There is family conflict, romantic prospects, professional decisions and some of the extravagances that come with celebrity. Throughout Charlie has to figure out what is best for her a
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Bethany Clark
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to think at first being that I am not a tennis person per say. The beginning was a little slow to get started but once I was into the story I loved it! Tennis is the background but the story line of Miss Charlie Silver is full of life, sadness, loneliness, craziness, and love all rolled into one!

Charlie on the outside seems to have it all - a father who loves her, a brother who will do anything for her, a coach that has been with Charlie for over 10 years and has filled her m
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Marisa Turpin
Jul 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
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Sharon May
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster and the author for the opportunity to read and review this book!

This is definitely a great book to pack on your summer vacation - I loved reading about the behind-the-scenes world of professional tennis.

Charlie (Charlotte) is a young tennis player who has always excelled and done so being the good girl - always kind to opponents and everyone else. After a devastating injury, she leaves behind the coach that was a second mother to her after her own mother
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LLA
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
OK - this is going to make me sounds like the crankiest picker of nits, ever - but this book could seriously have used some better editing. (And it is very rare that I ever think, much less say, that!). There were a handful of continuity type issues that were jarring, and would have been super easy to catch.
(I just edited this post - I was starting to list the ones that bugged me the most, but it made me feel super nit picky. So now I'm just going to go yell at kids and tell them to get off my
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Sky
May 25, 2016 rated it liked it
After reading other titles by Lauren Weisberger I was very keen to read The Singles Game.

Based around the tennis scene (which I find it popping up in a lot of books lately) and tennis player Charlie Silver.
Charlie is a good girl, who always plays by the rules. After suffering a injury Charlie makes a comeback which sees her firing her coach and hiring a guy that is extremely difficult to work with. Her image is given an overhaul and shes the life that she knows so well change before her very ey
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Judy Fogarty
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
Reviews are subjective, to be sure. Still, as an author who carefully reads her own, I'm pained to review The Singles Game. Maybe it's just me, but the writing didn't engage; the characters were flat; and the plot failed to intrigue. Since the conceit of my own novel, Breaking and Holding, is tennis, and since Chris Evert gave The Singles Game a positive blurb, I was sure I'd find it a good read. And I did learn a few things about the women's tour, as promised. But I'm someone who, almost withou ...more
Svetlana Petrova
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this book. I love books about tennis. Unfortunately, The Singles Game is very uneven. The beginning is very promising and exciting. The ending is blah. I liked reading about how it feels like to compete at the very top level; the book is indeed very well researched. However, the main character, Charlie, is bland and predictable. Her Russian nemesis Natalya Ivanov (BTW, no Russian females have last names ending in -OV, it does not work this way) is a stereotypical villain. There ...more
Rachel Gilbey
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

I found The Singles Game to be an exhilarating and exhausting look at the world of female singles tennis on the professional tour. The book took place over the year, and charts Charlie's recovery from injury while she attempts to win a Grand Slam, while changing her coach from a mild woman to a harsh ex-pro player who want's to give Charlie's whole image a makeover. Over the course of this, she gets more endorsements and becomes a brand image, but whether she can really still live with
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Rachel
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Great read! This read the way I've expected Emily Giffin's newer books to read (which disappointed me to no end). It was fast paced, fun, and exciting. I loved the behind the scenes look of the pro tennis world. I liked Charlie as a character, I thought she had a lot of depth and really embodied the I-never-had-a-childhood adult lol. There was only one part I wasn't a huge fan of, but overall I thoroughly enjoyed this. Wish I would've picked this up over the summer, it's a perfect beach read!
Beautifulday4makeup The-book-and-Me
For some time now I was done with the genre chicklit. This story refounded my enthousiasm for the genre. The book is well written and quick paced. I really enjoyed it!
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