Instaread Summary of The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger
Five out of five stars
This summary describes a book where the interest will naturally be higher during the Olympics. For the main theme is about the single-minded dedication that is needed in order to succeed in athletics at that level.
Charlotte “Charlie” Silver is a 24-year-old professional tennis player and she is playing at Wimbledon for the first time. As a consequence of the wardrobe rules, she cannot wear her shoes and is forced to use inadequate substitutes. This leads to a major injury that requires six months of rehabilitation. Charlie believes that her current coach is not dedicated enough so she is fired and Charlie hires Todd, a man with a reputation for abusive treatment of clients that leads to success.
There is some personal trauma and “dirt” mentioned in the summary, Charlie has a brief encounter with a movie star and there is a great deal of the standard brand building of celebrity sports stars. One key point in the summary appears in the character analysis. “Charlie is not just the protagonist but also the only character whom readers get to know in any depth. Readers are told the most important things about her, such as her innermost thoughts and fears, as well as the mundane details of her breakfast.” From this, the reader understands that the book is like others where the emphasis is on a celebrity, all other characters are relegated to minor support roles.
From this summary, the book does not appear to be one that will interest a broad audience. There is little beyond Charlie’s tennis career. From the summary: “Her singular focus on her career is framed as a sacrifice, not a personality flaw like narcissism.” These stories are common during the Olympic games, right down to the nasty behavior of the coaches. However, at other times they rarely appear and fiction books containing this subject matter that do not describe real people have a limited appeal. There was no desire in me to read this book generated by reading this summary.
This book was made available for free for review purposes.