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Solo by Hope Solo
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Aug 19, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: biographies
Read from August 19 to September 10, 2012

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 crazy life in a realistic yes-I-recognize-how-crazy-this-sounds manner while still coming out the other side a deeper public figure and solidly-grounded personality. Though sometimes reading like a middle-school diary (as excerpts of her diary are in fact included) and often revealing its dual-purpose of public venting of past injuries, the writing is crisp enough and the dwelling short enough to make reading this memoir an engaging conversation throughout. Also, the reader gets to witness authentic personal growth from her youth to young adult to established professional veteran, in the condensed period of simply reading her memoir. Many memoirs are entirely retrospective and mature from the beginning. Solo seems to grow and progress in maturity along with the pages turned by the reader.

Still just as often as not, Solo's actions and comments seem just as unjustified as before she made her case (which can often be boiled down to if this was in a man's arena it would be a non-starter). But few people would not have felt the injuries leading to her backlashes as keenly. Her approach to such obstacles has been a 'why-the-hell would I not say my piece'? Of course, retrospectively, the reader will often wonder whether she would not have come out on top more often had she kept her mouth shut and allowed things to work themselves out.

Her best counter-argument to this questioning comes late in the book, when she makes a clear point about the rapidity of successful team change engendered by the backlash she fomented post Brazil 2007 Olympics.

This book should be on the to-read list of anyone who has ever been the least bit curious about Hope Solo's life. Like Solo herself, her memoir has few rivals among sports-stars or public figures alike.
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message 1: by Heather (new)

Heather Bond In a nutshell, what was the mad-whack portion of her life story? I want the juicy bitlets.

Brittany Bond Well her dad was a straight-up hobo. Came out of the woods to watch her play.

But it's looking like there post-book publishing had much more mad-whack in store for Hope.

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