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My Shot: Balancing It All and Standing Tall

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  174 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Elena Delle Donne, 2015 WNBA MVP and 2016 Olympic gold medalist, shares her inspirational story of being a young basketball prodigy who gave up an impressive basketball scholarship for family and self-discovery.

Elena Delle Donne has always forged her own path. During her first year of college, she walked away from a scholarship and chance to play for Geno Aurriema at UConn
Hardcover, 253 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Makayla D
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a great read. This book was all about a girl Elena growing up as a star basketball player. It talks about all the different games she was in and the struggle in her life. She grew up in a good household with a disabled sister which makes it hard for her to be away at college. Then after her college life, it explains her going into the WNBA and what that looks like for her today. It was so good and was a challenging but easy storyline to follow. Such a great read and recommend ...more
J & J
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jona's rating = 5
Joslyn's rating = I rate this book a 5 because it made me feel like a 5 star person! Elena has overcome so much in her life and I have a lot in common with her.
Anna Walston
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think the theme of this book is to always live in the moment. Elena had many ups and downs throughout her career. She changed her thoughts about many different activities she played throughout her early years. Though she had many different thoughts, she always lived in the moment of all of them and always tried her hardest and never gave up. Elena always showed people to live in the moment because she knew that after it happened, it was gone. Her passion and determination were key to her succe ...more
C.E. G
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: autobios, sports
I've been obsessed with the WNBA this season and this was like candy to me. I loved hearing the background of one of the league's top players, and reading what it was like to play for the Chicago Sky with Sylvia Fowles. The book wasn't particularly well-written and the pep talk parts about being yourself and striving for excellence felt a little hokey. But I think the target audience of sincere middle and high school athletes would love this book. And if you love the WNBA, I also thought this wa ...more
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't follow the WNBA so I didn't know who Elena Delle Donne was before I got this review copy, but I have to say that she is a very inspiring individual.
Many of the points she makes as she shares her struggles and triumphs are rather edifying and can be applied to any walk of life. She's an example to follow.
This is definitely a book I recommend for teen readers of any gender.
Kimberly Larsen
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
You don't need to know who Elena Delle Donne is to appreciate this memoir. I think many students will relate to the trajectory of having talent &loving a sport and then getting caught up in travel teams, camps, etc. and finding yourself hating what you once loved. But there is more to Elena's personal journey than basketball (sister with cerebal palsy, battle w/ Lyme disease, sexual orientation). The memoir is relatable and communicates positive messages. An added benefit for young readers...sup ...more
My name Natalia Leu-Pierre and the title of my book is My Shot by Elena Delle Donne. The genre of this book is a Young adult, Autobiography. Something that drew me into the book was When i notice on the cover my favorite WNBA basketball player. I picked this book because I already knew that it was going to be about basketball and i play basketball so in a way i can relate about this book. The author hooked me to this book by the introduction because The first senses of the book says “I hate bask ...more
Tonja Drecker
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an autobiography from Elena Delle Donne, a very successful women's basketball player. I wasn't aware of who she was until I read her books, and I'm not usually an avid reader of autobiographies. It's an interesting read and has many moments, which teens (especially those strongly involved with sports or other activities) can relate to.

The book starts with the early years, and the first chapter mostly concentrates on Elena Delle Donne's family, especially her sister, Lizzie. It offers a v
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've lived in Delaware my entire life. I attended the University of Delaware and have spent a lot of time hanging in Newark; however, other than hearing a few coworkers talk about the fact that she switched sports and left UCON I knew nothing about Elena Delle Donne before reading this book.

Elena Delle Donne wants to inspire and encourage the "little girls who line up after games to get her autographs" And frankly I think she has done a pretty good job. The first section of the book really empha
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing

My shot by Elena Delle Donne is my favorite book. This book is an autobiography. The setting takes place many locations but mainly in Delaware.The book mostly talks about her basketball life and the struggles in her normal life, but it also talks a lot about her family.

I liked a lot about this book. My favorite part was when she got drafted 2nd to the WNBA. She was not just drafted because of her size but she worked hard. She has an amazing style and I think that she was also a good team playe
Valerie McEnroe
If you have a lot of girls in your school who play basketball then this is a must for the nonfiction library collection. Elena Delle Donne talks about being accepted to the #1 college for women's basketball, UConn, and then walking away from a full scholarship before school even started. After so many years of giving it her all, the pressure took over, and she actually began to hate the sport. She returned to her home state of Delaware where she could be closer to her family and disabled sister. ...more
Heather Shembarger
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This biography gave interesting insight into Elena Delle Donne's basketball success. Her road to success has not always been an easy one. I was surprised to learn that at many points in her life, she did not even enjoy basketball. Elena also has a special needs sister who she enjoyed spending time with. As basketball because more a part of her life, it pulled her away from her family as she had to leave home. This amongst other things caused her to struggle on and off with wanting to quit a spor ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you fail try, try again but don’t try too hard that you hurt yourself so bad that you can’t do what you love. This is a book about Elena Delle Donne’s life/basketball story up to about the year 2019 and what she went through. In the book My Shot by Elena Delle Donne, she has a burnout from working herself too hard, being to stressed by thinking she was the only hope on her team, and she was a little harsh on herself.

I really liked the book because I kept wanting to read it. The book had rea
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Autobiography of Elena Delle Donne, basketball player. She loved the sport from a very early age and worked really hard to get good at it. Her dad especially encouraged her and got a trainer for both her and her brother. She received a scholarship to a prestigious school but she had extreme anxiety and left within the first few weeks. She took a break and ended up at a much smaller school closer to home and led them to success. She still suffered from anxiety and drove herself really hard. She w ...more
Angelica LeMinh
Sep 24, 2020 rated it liked it
This was the book that I didn't know that I needed. I was hooked from the first chapters, where she talks about being burnt out and not knowing what to do because she was at odds with no longer loving to do the thing that she loved to do. I can strongly identify with that, as well as taking a step back to come back. She's got one up on me, because she made her way back, and I'm wondering if I'm just a bit older, and 20+ years is just a long time to be doing anyone.

I also love that she found love
Matt Lowy
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read that takes you through a journey of a talented individual that didn't ask for her blessings (athletic talent, height) but did bust her ass to embrace it and maximize her opportunity. Through embracing her talents on the hardwood, she covers the times that she lost her passion and questioned her life goals. We all question ourselves at different times and Ms. Delle Donne's story comes off as authentic and understandable.

The journey of how she embraced leadership both verbal and by ex
Ms. Yingling
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
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For a woman a bit older than my own daughter, Delle Donne has had enough interesting things happen in her life to write a suitable memoir. She talks about her high school career, family struggles, her challenges in deciding what to do in college, problems with recurring Lyme disease, coming to terms with coming out, and her career in the WNBA and involvement with the Special Olympics. The book is fairly well written and moves along at a good pace, but is still fairly lon
If you've read profiles of EDD there won't be much new in this memoir, but it's still an enjoyable read for basketball fans and/or those who like sports memoirs.
Della Donne's much-talked-about burnout that led her to walk away from a full ride at the country's best school for women's basketball (UConn) drives a lot of the narrative, not only in content but messaging. Her emphasis on learning balance is well suited to a teenage audience, as is the toggling between first-person narrative and inje
Jashvina Shah
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sports, biographies, sjw

This book was really interesting and I loved learning about how she dealt with her struggles of loving baskeballt, not loving it, leaving and being able to return. That's especially important in sports where it's really uncommon for players to leave and take care of themselves. I'm not a big basketball person so I don't really follow the WNBA and wasn't familiar with her story. I assumed she was still playing, but I didn't know what college she went to, etc., so that kept an element of surpri
Bernadette Kearns
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting middle grade memoir/autobiography of basketball star, Elena Delle Donne. The book traces her life from childhood when she began playing basketball, through high school and college and into her current life playing in the WNBA. The book reveals a lot about her emotional challenges with being burned out and losing the love of playing a sport at which she excelled, as well as the many health challenges she faces from having Lyme disease. Athletes who play basketball would particularl ...more
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the inspirational autobiography of the WNBA star. The book tells about the author’s life in basketball, with snippets of her personal life included. Tween & teen girls will especially appreciate the positive messages about being different & taking care of yourself. The only downside to the book is the lack of photos. Being a public figure, I would think they’d be readily available & it would have made the book more interesting.
Molly Dettmann
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
A solid autobiography for middle and high schoolers. Elena has dealt with a lot in her life, but has handled it well and keeps her family first. The relationship she has with her sister Lizzie who has cerebral palsy was especially touching to read. Even while battling Lyme disease she is an accomplished basketball player, and I think kids would enjoy her story. Definitely not a hard read at all.
Dawn Ferencz
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a lovely surprise. I really enjoyed learning about Dellle Donne's life, basketball journey, and the obstacles she overcame on her way to career and personal fulfillment. I would recommend this book to any young reader who is interested in learning about someone who reached incredible succcess despite handling various challenges along the way. ...more
Nadzirah Sukor
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think I can relate w Elena's struggle in finding her love in sports. I've been struggling for quite some times & I certainly agree w her view to stop & reset your mind. Wish I read this sooner cause it did help me in finding what's my priority in life.

To Elena, thanks for sharing part of your life, good luck in future & I hope to see you in Tokyo 2020!
Kimberly B
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I read this for my Teachers as Readers book club. There were some very inspirational moments in the story. I really didn’t like the writing as Elena Dells Donne came across in a lot of the book as very egotistical. I would say maybe it was just how it was written, but she coauthored the book. I think it is an interesting perspective of a female athlete that kids, particularly girls, will like.
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Elena Delle Donne is a wonderful role model for today's youth. With my niece being a fan of the WNBA, I was already familiar with Elena's story. This book filled in the gaps and made me admire her more than I already did (if that was possible). She puts family first and demands excellence of herself and others. ...more
Kelly Patterson
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting read for any WNBA fan. I enjoyed learning about Elena's life and her basketball career, especially her decision to leave UConn so soon, take time off from basketball when she was burned out, and play a bit of volleyball at Delaware before returning to the basketball court. ...more
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Elena makes some good points. She offers good advice about juggling priorities and handling failure.
After a while, the book dragged a little and felt a little repetitive.
Mary Ellen
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Middle school summer read!
5th grade and up: great biography that is perfect for someone who doesn't know anything about the WNBA or basketball in general. ...more
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An American professional basketball player for the Washington Mystics of the WNBA. Lead them to their first WNBA Championship in franchise history in 2019.

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