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Solo: A Memoir of Hope

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,466 Ratings  ·  211 Reviews
"My family doesn't do happy endings. We do sad endings or frustrating endings or no endings at all. We are hardwired to expect the next interruption or disappearance or broken promise."

Hope Solo is the face of the modern female athlete. She is fearless, outspoken, and the best in the world at what she does: protecting the goal of the U.S. women's soccer team. Her outsized
ebook, 320 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Harper
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I debated docking this a star for the occasional moments when Hope's perspective doesn't really allow her to accept other viewpoints or see the negatives of some of her own actions. But this book is a memoir- of course it's biased, of course Hope calls things exactly as she sees them. Every story has (at least) two sides, and Hope never claims to present more than one of them. I feel the onus is on the reader to read her accounts of events with a critical eye.

I was surprised by how moved I was r
Aug 15, 2012 Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
There is much to be said about this outspoken goal keeper for the US Women’s National Team. Some people will describe her as selfish, some as too outgoing. People say she needs to keep her comments to herself. To me, she is an amazing goal keeper who says the things many people think, but are too afraid to say, and doesn’t care what the media says about her. Why should she? She is an Olympic gold medalist – more than once, and the greatest goal keeper in the world. In her autobiography, you, as ...more
Oct 29, 2012 katrina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
After reading this book, I am not sure if I am a fan of hers anymore. Yes I admire her ability to rise up and become one of the greatest goalies ever. She makes it seem as if her family was the worst and she had the worse childhood. She had an entire community rally behind her to make sure her dreams came true. The book was a little boring and read like a gossip magazine. There wasn't a whole lot of substance. Yes we understand your life was rough, but the fact that she stated that 50 thousand t ...more
Regi Smith
Oct 18, 2012 Regi Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was blown away by the honesty and openness of this book. I have always seen Hope Solo as a wonderful athlete, but I truly see her as an amazing woman. I am glad my daughters see her as a role model.
Brittany Bond
A good deal of Hope Solo's identity is an outspoken competitor and fierce athlete. She is definitively one of the greatest living athltes (of any gender) alive today.

Few people will be able to relate to more than just tiny commonalities shared with Solo's story because it is a pretty mad-whack one to hear and tell. But there is plenty to admire and even aspire to as far as personal strength and character-building is concerned.

Astonishingly, Hope Solo has managed to deliver her memoir about her
May 27, 2014 Ben rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hope Solo provides a look at her life, which is filled with much conflict and complication from a young age. She also provides a look into her rise in soccer and other notable moments (i.e. the fallout from comments she made in 2007 after being benched during the World Cup and her appearance on "Dancing With the Stars.")
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Oct 06, 2012 Lyndee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd recommend to those who love or hate Ms. Solo. I have a connection to Hope- We went to the same high school and she was in the same class as my younger sister and brother-in-law. I knew of or personally knew many of the people she named in the section outlining her childhood. I had heard things about her family, probably from people closer to my age who knew her brother, but I was still surprised to learn just how devastating her childhood was. There is major drama here, the stuff that people ...more
I didn't know much about Hope Solo before reading this. She is a very strong person, not just athletically, but also in every other way. I like that she was a fighter and truly stood strong in every thing she believed in. She put her best self out there and was a loyal friend and expected all of that in return. When here expectations weren't met, that sometimes led her into impulsive decision making and not all of those were quiet and understated. She was in proverbial 'hot water' on more than o ...more
Julia Carr
I enjoyed learning more about Solo's life and about her interactions with her teammates, but I couldn't escape thinking more than once that she should not be airing dirty laundry. Whatever was done or said to her, she needs to move on. Her tone is repeatedly one of victimization, and the strongest women I know do not think this way. Hopefully (no pun intended), with the writing of this book she purged herself of all the pent up emotion surrounding past events and can move forward in a way fittin ...more
Rory Gallagher
May 02, 2015 Rory Gallagher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soccer
First off, I purchased the book because my son plays keeper, and we both enjoy watching Hope Solo play--she is arguably one of the best goalkeepers in the world, male or female.
I had hoped for some inside tips--special tricks of the trade, a glimpse of a Michael Phelps type diet, a great drill that helped form her amazing reaction to the ball. Nope, not a word and you could probably substitute basketball or volleyball for soccer and still have same story. .
This isn't that type of book--if you
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Jess Kogel
Aug 27, 2012 Jess Kogel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beat-makers

I came into this read not knowing where it would take me as previous players (Akers, Hamm, etc), didn't get too deep and bare all their demons. I was strongly surprised and refreshed by how relatable and honest Solo is. Where most girls would look at her past as feel sorry, I look at her past as looking in the mirror at myself and how I became the person I am today much like herself. Her raw and straight to the point manner is on point so that you aren't misguided by too much detail but you are
April Fell
Apr 10, 2013 April Fell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Name: April M. Fell
Title: A Memoir of Hope: SOLO
Genre: Biography
APA: Killian, H. S. (2012). A Memoirof Hope: Solo. New York: Harper Collins.
Selection Process:

Hope Solo has been deemed America’s greatest women’s soccer goalie of all times. This title has come at a tremendous cost for Solo’s career as a professional soccer player. The tattoo etched on her back speaks to her fight in the face of adversity and it is from second Corinthians: “Persecuted but not forsaken. Cast down but
Nov 19, 2012 Ciara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lover, A fighter, A goalkeeper:

I have not yet completed the book but I am about halfway through it. As of now it is extremely shocking, I would never have guessed what Hope Solo has gone through in her life time. She is one tough cookie, having to deal with her dad's issues and fight for a starting spot on the U.S. National team. She has to make decisions and it is a truely inpirational story.
The book so far is a great read, it gives details on everythings placing a vivid picture in your mind
Aug 18, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting read, though at times a little too self-indulgent...Solo is an amazing athlete, and shows how her less than glamorous childhood and home life contributed to her tenacity and outspokenness...I was, however, a little surprised at how long the team continued to admonish her after the incident with her then coach, Greg Ryan, when she basically lambasted him in the press for using Brianna Scurry over her in the World Cup Final back in 2007. Didn't realize professional athletes were the ...more
Corey Larwa
Feb 14, 2014 Corey Larwa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it takes place in Richland, Washington. the main characters are the dad, mom, Hope Solo and Hope's best friend Cheryl. the story is about a poor girl that had it rough all her life and had a dream to play pro soccer. she was very talented but was poor and needed help financially, and her community helped her with money. she works really hard throughout the story to achieve her goals.

I would highly recommend this book for someone to read it really inspired me and once I pi
Apr 10, 2016 Garri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was six in 1999 when the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team played in front of a sold out Rose Bowl and won the coveted World Cup.

That team is a huge reason I decided to start playing soccer. It just looked like they were having so much fun.

The 1999 team did a lot for the women’s game but so much has changed since then, a fact that hasn’t escape current U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo.

So this summer, after the team brought home its third World Cup title in sixteen years I sat down with Hope Solo’s me
Jan 07, 2016 Madi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hope Solo is tough. Her story is an inspiration to any soccer players, or anyone dealing with crazy challenges. Her family is a mixture of hate, love and looking past the surface of each other to find the good. Her father is a con man with a large criminal record, but her mother finds him to be a fun, charismatic person at first and can eventually be at peace with how everything ends. Hope’s father is one of her largest supporters and they have a special bond. As she advances in her soccer caree ...more
Breanna Hoffman
Jan 07, 2016 Breanna Hoffman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 23, 2015 Elle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 19, 2015 Alamason7 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hope's book inspires; it will bring you to tears, some of which are in sorrow or in happiness! I relate to her on so many levels! I'm training for the Women's national team and live anything but a normal life! Solo's story puts soccer in a new perspective! That peoples opinions have no meaning, what's the significance of listening to them tell me I can't do it! She's overcome enormous conflicts with her friends, teammates, herself, and especially her family! She lives like nothing happens and go ...more
I can see how this book would offend people, from what's been termed an "overindulgent sense of self-pity" to those who are still aghast that a national team player would "break the code" and spill the beans in what probably looks to some like an attempt to tarnish the legacy of the 99ers.

Good thing she didn't write this book for you.

I actually think most of my beef is stylistic. Memoirs are a hard sell for me ordinarily because of the inability to either tell a story with linearity, or with th
Dalton Phillips
Dalton Phillips

A Memoir of Hope
Written by Hope Solo with Ann Killion

The author wrote the book to tell the story of how she overcame all the struggles in her life to become one of the best women goalkeepers in the world.
The author wants you to realize that no matter what life throws at you, if you work hard and focus on your goals, you can overcome all your obstacles.
There were two different styles the author used in writing this book: description and narration. Description was used when s
Dec 02, 2014 Sonya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hope Solo wrote an incredible memoir about her life. She captures her time as a child growing up until she is a mature adult focusing on her soccer career. Hope keeps her head high through thick an thin, but she struggles from the beginning of her life when she first finds out some secrets about her father. As a child her father is one of the most influential people in her life. He coaches many of her sports teams, but one day she comes home to her father and her mother's family quarreling over ...more
3.5 stars. Obviously, Hope Solo has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately. Maybe that's why the book ended up in my local thrift store. I didn't hesitate to buy it because I'll read any memoir by a soccer player.

The book makes it really clear why Solo is such a polarizing figure: she speaks her mind even when the cultural expectation is pushing the other way. Her teams often came across as being like sororities, and Hope comes across as being a scrappy fighter with a complicated upbr
In this book, Hope Solo and her family go through tough times and overcome much more than any family should have to. Hope Solo describes her journey to become one of the best goalies in the world. I believe Hope Solo wrote this biography to let the world know that even an amazing athlete doesn't have a perfect life. An example of that, is when Hope’s dad gets accused of murder. Hope knows her father didn't do the crime, but everyone else blames him for it. I also think she wrote this biography t ...more
Mandi Bryan
May 10, 2014 Mandi Bryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I start reading a non-fiction book I prepare myself for a dull experience. I just like the possibilities that fiction books can have. I picked up this auto biography of Hope Solo because I was familiar with her, I just knew she was the goalkeeper for the women's national team and I have watched some of her games on TV. When I started reading this book I was shocked at how difficult her life was as a kid. She wanted people to know that no matter how bad something seems if you stick to what y ...more
Matt Markarian
Aug 23, 2012 Matt Markarian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing book. Hope Solo, Goal Keeper on the US National Soccer team tells an amazing story. She is one of the most polarizing athletes in the US, and I love that about her. She tells her side of her life from growing up with an absentee father to being kicked off the World Cup team, to her redemption.

I didn't know what to expect when I picked this book up, but it ended up being one of the most compelling biographies I have ever read!!
Breanna Hoffman
Jan 06, 2016 Breanna Hoffman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 15, 2012 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
How convenient that my newfound US women's soccer fan-dom aligned with the release of this tell-all book. Certainly not fine lit, but it fulfilled its purpose of telling the controversial goalkeeper's side of the story. In a world where women have been groomed to be people-pleasers and not take responsibility for their own successes, a person like Hope Solo is refreshing. Lord knows that male athletes get away with behavior that is 10x worse.
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