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SOLO

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  1,641 Ratings  ·  223 Reviews
Featured twice on the cover of Sports Illustrated. TV appearances ranging from The Late Show with David Letterman to Dancing with the Stars. Social media queen with 850,000 Facebook fans and 345,000 Twitter followers. Solo may have made her name as the independent-minded goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s national soccer team—she was there for the Olympic gold in 2008—but she ...more
Published (first published August 14th 2012)
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Susanna
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
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Courtney
Jul 26, 2016 Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Shelves: favorites
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
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.
katrina
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
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
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Ben
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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Donna
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
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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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: Goodreads.com

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
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Craig
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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
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Ciara
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
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Lisa
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
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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.


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I would highly recommend this book for someone to read it really inspired me and once I pi
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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
Anna
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.
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!!
Katie
Sep 08, 2012 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Kristina
Nov 03, 2012 Kristina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
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.
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.
Genevieve
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.
Christi
Much defensiveness, there is. This padwan needs to let some things go
Tanya

When Hope Solo makes a statement, she doesn't make apologies, she just reveals how she sees the situation and leaves it at that. I love how she is such a hard worker. I didn't love how she drank at a young age and then felt singled out and made an example of because if you take the risk, you must be willing to accept the consequences. I love how she adored her father unconditionally and how she was always his "Baby Hope."

I wish there were more photos, but I mostly liked the ones that were there.
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Dachokie
Sep 14, 2012 Dachokie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
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
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E. Ozols
Sep 02, 2014 E. Ozols rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ryley
Oct 26, 2015 Ryley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Review of Hope Solo
Hope Solo is known as one of the best women's goal keepers in the world. She has won numerous awards such as the Golden Glove and winning the World Cup. She inspires young girls everywhere to get to where she is now as a professional athlete. Hope is an amazing teammate as her friends told in the story about her willingness to become the starting goalie. Hope had to overcome many obstacles in her life to become to where she is now and that is what this book explains and shows
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07RachelR
Mar 16, 2013 07RachelR rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury: I find the book "A Memoir Of Hope Solo by Hope Solo and Ann Killion to be very good at teaching kids to never give up on their dreams however, there were areas in which the book was not uite as good of really going into detail on how hard it was for her growing up. This book i think would be good for adults and teens that like soccer and want to know a little bit more about Hope Solo.
I like this book because it made you respect the way Hope acts like the way
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Sonya
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
Garri
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
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Aaron Marvel
Jun 11, 2013 Aaron Marvel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 this.....as a huge soccer fan, the decision to bench her after three straight shut outs in the 2007 ...more
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