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Unstoppable: My Life So Far

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,897 ratings  ·  291 reviews
From Maria Sharapova, one of our fiercest female athletes, the captivating—and candid—story of her rise from nowhere to tennis stardom, and the unending fight to stay on top.

In 2004, in a stunning upset against the two-time defending champion Serena Williams, seventeen-year-old Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon, becoming an overnight sensation. Out of virtual anonymity, she la
Kindle Edition, 283 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by Sarah Crichton Books (first published 2017)
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I am a massive tennis fan. Fanatical at times. And I keenly follow both the men's ATP and women's WTA circuits. Maria Sharapova was always a player I admired. More often than not when watching her matches I cheered for her to win. Every time she stepped on the court for a competitive match she gave it everything. Her tenacity and drive were comparable with the best of the best that have ever played the sport professionally. She committed to every point in a match & you knew if you were going ...more
Sean Peters
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Firstly, thank you to Net Galley, the publishers and Maria Sharapova, for an advanced copy for an honest review...

I believe I can give a honest review, as a former tennis coach for fifteen years, a player for thirty years, and a fan of men's and ladies tennis, who watches tennis all the time... and on the ATP and WTA website everyday !!

Firstly let me say that Maria Sharapova is an intelligent lady, and her honesty and forthright comments I am sure will shock some fans and also some players...

Daniel Balici
Actual rating: 4.5 stars

A pro athlete really dies twice. At the end, like everyone else, but also at somewhere closer to the beginning, when she loses the only life she's ever known.

While I have been known to seldom read nonfiction, every now and then I find myself curious to read the autobiography/memoir of a certain famous person, specially an athlete, whose life and career I deem interesting. I think that behind one's success often lies an extraordinary and inspirational story which prove
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Like a lot of my fellow Britons, I call myself a tennis fan when Wimbledon is on the television each year. But I was drawn to this memoir because I've always found Maria Sharapova an interesting figure, so took the opportunity to read this when it became available on NetGalley .
This is a compelling read, I thought, and I found it to be honestly and openly written. Maria (or rather Masha) makes no excuses for what she has had to do in order to get to the top in her sport.
She was seperated from he
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a fan of most sports I have always enjoyed learning more about the game through the lives of those playing and personally involved.
My tennis knowledge is based on watchjng Wimbledon from a child and when I had children myself taking them to UK tournaments in Birmingham and Nottingham.
I was therefore blessed to watch Sharapova warm up and play a singles match. I was struck by her commitment and drive. So when offered a chance to read an early ARC of Maria's book "Unstoppable" I was delighted.
Keep Calm Novel On
Sep 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
An interesting title as she is not unstoppable. Sharapova has been stopped by her drug use. She cheated and got caught--shameful. Her character or lack there of has been revealed. This autobiography lacks honesty and integrity. Not a role model for aspiring athletes.
Olivia Wild
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Most Brilliant Autobiography for Tennis Fans

I love tennis, but I’ve never been a particular fan of Maria (or Masha, as I learned from the book) Sharapova. Despite this, I couldn’t put down ‘Unstoppable’. I was hooked from the first word to the last. This book is not your usual memoir of a top professional tennis player. Its raw honesty allows you to have a rare and unique glimpse into the world of professional tennis and what it takes to get into it.
Let me start this review by praising Yuri
Tennis is one of the handful of sports that I don't like to miss when it's viewable on television and have watched all the televised tournaments since I was a young girl. Of course, being British my favourite grand slam has to be Wimbledon - taking place in the summer months when the grass is lush and green. I plan to get tickets on a year that I know I'll be able to attend.

I am not usually one for autobiographical books but when I was offered the chance to read an advance copy of UNSTOPPABLE -
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Firstly I would like to point out that I am neither a huge Tennis fan or have any particular allegiance to Maria Sharapova but I was drawn to this book by the description I read about the book. This is the story of a 6 year old girl who was taken by her father from Russia to Florida in an effort to make her a successful Tennis player. With very little money and a minimum of English both Maria and her father show tremendous determination, drive and belief to achieve their goals. It tells how a fa ...more
Pippa Ainsworth
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love a good Sports memoir so I was keen to read Maria Sharapova's autobiography. I wasn't disappointed. With a sometimes humorous and always honest look back over her 30 years of life Sharapova takes you on a journey from her conception, in a region affected by the Chernobyl disaster, through to her youngest days in Sochi and her move to America as a seven year old.
Unlike many sporting memoirs this isn't simply a list of matches played and how she approached them and felt afterwards., although
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before reading:
I use this comment to say a huge happy birthday to my tennis idol Maria Sharapova! Wishes for health, love and plenty of success on and off court! And beat all of your opponents! I can't wait to read this book! :)

After reading:
This book made me love Maria even more! Such a great human-being and an amazing champion! I love to read about her tough childhood, her first years in the USA and all of the sacrifices of her family! I remembered all of her significant matches, including the
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 Unstoppable is easy to read but lacking in real depth. Maria Sharapova's personal story of coming to America at a very young age (without her mother) with a dream to become a tennis superstar is intriguing. The problem is her memoir is superficial. The reader never really learns her real feelings about her parents, what made her a winner and just about everything she discusses. The one thing you do come away with is how the world of a pro athlete is big business.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
There is no doubt that Maria Sharapova is a fantastic athlete, or that she is always 100% committed to her chosen sport. I always knew these two facts, but this autobiography has taught me so much more about this talented and fiercely competitive tennis player. As well as being a five time Grand Slam winner, and one of the very few ladies to hold titles in all four Grand Slams, she has overcome an agonising shoulder injury, undergoing corrective surgery and still bouncing back. Indeed my facts m ...more
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Like many people with an interest in sport or tennis I found myself caught up in the huge news story about Maria Sharapova found guilty of taking performance enhancing drugs – namely Meldonium – in 2016. Who was to blame and why did it happen, all this and more is answered in Unstoppable.

I have to admit I really enjoyed reading the biography about one of tennis’s most glamorous female players to have graced the court, certainly in the last decade or so. Not that glamour has any right to win ten
Dave Wheeler
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great, honest and personal read. Unlike so many autobiographies I have read this felt personal as in it felt like it was Maria talking (or writing) just to me, a private conversion. This is written true to many of here early coaches who Maria described as no bullshiters to quote her, and she tells you it warts and all. Many will know a lot of Maria Sharapova's story as it has been lived out in the public eye but as you read this and I encourage you to and highly recommend you do, you will disc ...more
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it
thanks to the publishers and netgalley for a free copy in return for an open and honest review.

Found this book very interesting especially from her ban from tennis and wanted to learn more about the background to her career and her growing up in russia and moving to the states to improve her tennis career at a young age, however felt the book in the middle late sections wasn't as good as the earlier sections but feel that this book would suit tennis fans.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who knows me knows that Maria is my favorite athlete of all time. Naturally, my review and rating for her memoir are going to be biased. I was so intrigued from the very first line of this book. I got to know my idol better; where she came from, how she got to where she is now, what she went through, all the ups and downs of her career. I could see how she inspired me before (even more with this book), and I came to understand why she is my favorite athlete; we are very much alike in our ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It was the year 2006 and my dad was watching the US Open final. I had never held a racket in my life and I wasn't the kind of person who watches sports on tv, but for some reason that night I wanted to sit and join dad. He told me her favorite player was Justine Henin, who had won myriad tournaments and once more had made it to a grand slam final. Justine was playing against a tall, blonde russian dressed in a little black dress; it was Sharapova. At that time I had no idea who Maria was, and I ...more
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
It is a while since I read a sports autobiography. From the start I liked this book.

It opens with a frank and controversial prologue. The book then moves on to chart the time before her birth in Belarus and her early years in Siberia, then Sochi. The account then moves on to her first experience of tennis in Sochi aged four or five.

I felt that the way this book is written very much echoes the cool, serious and driven image which I have of Maria Sharapova, having watched her play tennis for man
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Easy, nice read. I’ve been a fan of her game for a long time so it was interesting looking at a little behind the scenes., especially her childhood. Recommended for fans of hers... she is a little cocky at points (but what elite athlete isn’t?)
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well-written biography of Maria Sharapova, full of emotion and truth about her life and career evolution. I didn't know much about her, nor the particularities of tennis as a professional sport. She has honestly wrote down a detailed account of her most important challenges, matches, hopes and fears. I learned a lot about her style and determination to win it all, about this strong mentality of a champion. It's amazing how many hours and years it takes to become the dream.

Many thanks to Netga
Linda Sims
I've always been a tennis fan, and had always enjoyed watching Maria Sharapova play. When she was banned from the game for taking a banned substance I was shocked. So when I was given the chance to read her story I jumped at the chance,

This is a well written account of her life so far, it is at times very compelling and moving. Her move to the USA from Russia as a young child accompanied only by her father, and then not seeing her mother for some years cannot have been easy. But this is a girl w
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

What an amazing read.
Showing the determination and grit required by all parents and children who want to be successful tennis players.
Lynda Filler
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When you write a memoir there’s nowhere to hide

This is a beautifully written memoir that deserves recognition for Maria’s passionate portrayal of her life and her challenges along the way. From the very first page I admit to tears flowing regularly, so much so that I slowed down my reading to treasure every single page. A life lived without passion is no life at all. I admire her emotional strength and thank a very close friend for insisting I read about Maria’s journey. A must read for its less
Oct 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting read and while it is obviously her viewpoint on issues, I thought in general she was pretty frank. I have always enjoyed watching her play and a major reason is that though talented her biggest strengths are her mind and willpower and it is clear from the book that she takes pride in not giving up no matter what.
Jim Beatty
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Strategy for this opponent. Sure. Hit the ball until you win.
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Masha the smasher.

Maria (real name, Masha) Sharapova has written a highly readable account of her fairytale journey to the top of the women’s game. A short-lived position: as she says, once you have won a Grand Slam tournament, you have to win another to prove that the first one wasn’t a fluke.

As always with celebrity memoirs, the struggle to the top is more interesting to read about than the maintenance of success. Sharapova’s story is particularly fascinating: her parents lived a hundred mile
Val Robson
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
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I was very interested in reading about Maria's Sharapova's background as I had no idea of it. She was almost born near to Chernobyl in the town of Gomel which is either 40 miles or 100 miles away according to whichever version in the book is factually correct...or not. Because of their concern about the effect that the Chernobyl fallout was having on their area her parents moved to Western Siberia just before Maria was born.

Her talent and grit for playing tennis was evident at a very early age w
Tra May
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having no background in tennis, I came to learn a lot about tennis and not only about Maria the athlete, the daughter, the human. so humble, committed to her sport and hard working. Loved her relationship with her parents. I'm glad I stumbled upon this book and will be recommending it to my friends. RESPECT.
Vowelor Books
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Maria Sharapova is the latest athelete to join the club of CELEBRITY WRITERS.

Her autobiography Unstoppable: My Life So Far is set to release on 12 Sep 2017. The book is going to be moving one as Maria discusses all the ups and downs of her life including her personal life, career and family. Unstoppable is an inspiring journey from an immigrant to the World No. 1 Female tennis player. ...see more
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Born in Nyagan, Russia, Maria Sharapova moved to the United States when she was six years old. At seventeen, Sharapova beat Serena Williams to win Wimbledon. She reached the number-one world ranking at eighteen, and has held that ranking a number of times since. To date, she has won five Grand Slams. She lives in Manhattan Beach, California.
“You can’t control what people say about you and what they think about you. You can’t plan for bad luck. You can only work your hardest and do your best and tell the truth. In the end, it’s the effort that matters. The rest is beyond your control.” 6 likes
“At the beginning, it’s all you have: a simple forehand, a simple backhand. It’s all you have at the end, too.” 4 likes
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