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Solo: A Memoir of Hope

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  1,001 ratings  ·  163 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...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by Harper
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Regi Smith
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.
Aug 15, 2012 Courtney rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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...more
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...more
This is a book that shares very intimate details of the struggles Hope experiences from childhood through adulthood. I must admit that not being an avid soccer fan, I had never heard of Hope Solo before Dancing with the Stars. When I saw how Hope was portrayed on the show as very defensive to criticism, it just seemed in stark contrast to the jovial look I saw on her face when the soccer team for TEAM USA won gold. This is why I purchased her memoir. I wanted to know what was underneath all the...more
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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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
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Jess Kogel

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...more
April Fell
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.
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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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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
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
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!!
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.
I was ambivalent about reading this because I care more about the sport of soccer than about the gossip and politics off the pitch. I appreciate Hope's honesty, and this was certainly a pageturner. However, there's always more than one side to every story, and this is only Hope Solo's version.
wonderfully written book that openly shares the struggles (and positives) Hope went through to get the top and become the best goalkeeper. Also shares an amazing insight of what its like to be in the game verses being a fan!
Kristine Montalbano

Hope Solo holds nothing back in this book or on the field. She's an inspiration that you can break the cycle of your childhood with drive and determination.
Nov 22, 2013 Genevieve is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition

Hope Solo never gives up.
She always try's and try's again.
This book reads like a novel. It’s harder for me to pass judgement on memoirs because these are true stories and all the decisions the authors made lead them to a certain point in their lives. I love reading them because even if they read as a novel, it still happened and if she/he could do it why can’t I. This is one of the biggest motivator for me.

Hope Solo is a really inspirational person. Not only in terms of her professional success and perseverance and hard work but also because she is so...more
I love to read about pro-athetes, especially when there is an insight into the work it takes to be a pro. This was a bit hard to read, while there was a great overview of Hope's career and drive, there was also a fair amount of discussion of the rest of the US national team, and the politics involved. While this may be true, i would rather have not been presented with the politics - it felt very one sided. There was no rebuttal from the other parties, so it sees a little she says she says. Overa...more
E. Ozols
This book was surprising. I was surprised at myself for even taking an interest in this book (I can't remember where this interest first manifested, but my best guess is that it came from seeing her talk about her father on Dancing With the Stars). I was surprised to find the other Goodreads reviews favorable enough that I decided it was worth actually reading. I was surprised that it was so well-written. And I was surprised when I realized halfway through the book that I was completely prepared...more
I found this book fascinating. Hope's father was the most puzzling; he was beloved by children but also jailed for embezzlement and ended up homeless (and framed for murder) for several years. Hope herself is also a complex person. Even from her own descriptions, it's clear that she doesn't go out of her way to make friends, and probably comes off as tough and abrasive. At the same time, it does seem that she was unfairly demonized in some cases. I sort of vaguely remember hearing about the scan...more
Hope Solo is the best goal keeper in the world and one of the most fascinating athletes on the planet. Without her we would not have won gold in London or Beijing and with her we may have won the '07 World Cup. That last part, her benching at the hands of incompetent coach Greg Ryan, in favor of a past her prime Briana Scurry, is what drives much of the book. It's a tale of an unfair decision derailing a team and nearly wrecking a career that had not yet hit its peak.

Hope did not have it easy gr...more
Understandably Outspoken …

Prior to the 2012 Olympics, my only familiarity of Hope Solo is that she was a current member (goalie) of the athletic juggernaut also known as the US Women’s Soccer Team. Honestly, my interest in women’s soccer peaked and waned with the 1999 Women’s World Cup team and I don’t watch “Dancing with the Stars”, but Hope Solo grabbed my attention with the news of her candid tweeting during the past summer Olympics … especially her audacious jab at Brandi Chastain, the poste...more
Aaron Marvel
Really excellent read for anyone who is a soccer, USWNT, and/or a Hope Solo fan. An extremely open and insightful look into the unique hardships of her life and upbringing all the way to the trials and tribulations of making and staying on with the USWNT. I'm sure there will be plenty of people who will say that this is only one side of the story, and that is definitely fair enough. But I will say a huge soccer fan, the decision to bench her after three straight shut outs in the 2007...more
This book really brought interest to me because it was about soccer and someone who I felt is a role model to me. It talked about Hope Solos feelings, and point of view. It gave me a new view on the game of soccer and I learned so much. It talked about the meaning of life, and what it really is meant for. That you have to put in all of your effort and strive to succeed. Even if you lose, you can still be a winner. Soccer is her life, but there also is that part of her that could care less about...more
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