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Solo: A Memoir of Hope

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  2,130 ratings  ·  250 reviews
The Glass Castle meets A League of Their Own in Solo, a candid and moving memoir about family, loss, and reconciliation from Hope Solo, the supremely talented, headline-making goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s national soccer team.

During the 2011 Women’s World Cup, Solo became an idol, role model, and sex symbol to a new generation of young American sports enthusiasts, inspi
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by HarperCollins
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Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
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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
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Regi Smith
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: biographies
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
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
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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Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun, quick read. Love these women and lov Hope, too. I've followed avidly since '99. But ya know, Hope, at the point where people continue to treat you unfairly and disrespect you and otherwise hold you back, when it keeps happpening, it's probably on you, not them. Hope uses this memoir to defend herself and her freedom of speech. Yes, we all have freedom of speech, but none of us have the right to expect a safe zone when expressing our controversial opinions. I'd love to read about the next 4 ...more
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite books of the year. Refreshingly honest, Solo captured the intense/difficult/rewarding aspect of playing team sports at a very high level.
April Fell
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ar
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dana Berglund
2.5 stars. This memoir did give me a lot of background understanding for events I was only partially paying attention to, as well as understand Hope's tendency to speak her mind. Overall, though, it didn't really emotionally resonate with me. It felt too rushed in some places but too detailed in others, and too full of explanations as to why everyone is against her. The treatment of her in a certain time period was ridiculously bad from her perspective, but too much of the book felt dedicated to ...more
Aug 15, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Julia Carr
Mar 23, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Aug 15, 2012 rated it liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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!!
Aug 14, 2012 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.
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
Leah Rachel von Essen
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Love Hope as a keeper. She's had a lot of issues and her attitude is infamous for causing trouble since this book has come out, but this is an interesting look into the controversies of her soccer history, her strength, the 99ers and later winners, and more.
Kristine Montalbano
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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.
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Hope Solo never gives up.
She always try's and try's again.
Jun 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Much defensiveness, there is. This padwan needs to let some things go
Nayer C
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: auto-biography
This is probably one of the best biographies/autobiographies I’ve read this year - and I’ve read a few.
Reading this allowed me to understand everything U.S. Soccer forced Hope to endure from her perspective and see the way she persevered through person drama off the field.
Reading her memoir will inspire the next generation - no matter what field they’re working in or where they are - to focus on the current people they work with, and allow who they work for and external personal not to hold a
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
E. Ozols
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Rebecca Lederman
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great book, not necessarily for content on face value, but because it paints such an interesting psychological portrait of fame, success, and these soccer players.
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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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