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Solo: A Memoir of Hope by [Solo, Hope]
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"My family doesn't do happy endings. We do sad endings or frustrating endings or no endings at all. We are hardwired to expect the next interruption or disappearance or broken promise."

Hope Solo is the face of the modern female athlete. She is fearless, outspoken, and the best in the world at what she does: protecting the goal of the U.S. women's soccer team. Her outsized talent has led her to the pinnacle of her sport—the Olympics and the World Cup—and made her into an international celebrity who is just as likely to appear on ABC's Dancing with the Stars as she is on the covers of Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine, and Vogue. But her journey—which began in Richland, Washington, where she was raised by her strong-willed mother on the scorched earth of defunct nuclear testing sites—is similarly haunted by the fallout of her family history. Her father, a philanderer and con man, was convicted of embezzlement when Solo was an infant. She lost touch with him as he drifted out of prison and into homelessness. By the time they reunited, years later, in the parking lot of a grocery store, she was an All-American goalkeeper at the University of Washington and already a budding prospect for the U.S. national team. He was living in the woods.

Despite harboring serious doubts even about the provenance of her father's last name (and her own), Solo embraces him as fiercely as she pursues her dreams of being a world-class soccer player. When those dreams are threatened by her standing within the national team, as when she was famously benched in the semifinals of the 2007 World Cup after four shutouts and spoke her piece publicly, we see a woman of uncompromising independence and hard-won perseverance navigate the petty backlash against her. For the first time, she tells her version of that controversial episode, and offers with it a full understanding of her hard-scrabble life.

Moving, sometimes shocking, Solo is a portrait of an athlete finding redemption. This is the Hope Solo whom few have ever glimpsed.

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About the Author

Hope Solo, one of the most charismatic athletes in America, is widely regarded as the best women's goalkeeper in the world. A two-time Olympic gold medalist, she has been a member of the U.S. national team since 2000 and has appeared on the covers of Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine. A prominent spokeswoman for Gatorade and Nike, she starred on the hit reality show Dancing with the Stars. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Ann Killion is a columnist with the San Francisco Chronicle. She has covered the past ten Olympics and the last three Women's World Cups for SportsIllustrated.com and the San Jose Mercury News.


Product Details

  • File Size: 3159 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (August 14, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 14, 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007BCG9N2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,856 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Rich Haney on August 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am generally anti-celebrity and adverse to hype. But I eagerly went to Amazon to order this memoir. Hope Solo is awesomely talented and incredibly beautiful but she also has flaws and scars, which she readily stands up to and then confronts the fall-out. Yes, she is out-spoken and controversial, as she displayed in London during the Olympics. But she backed it all up with her goal-tending and her honestly. In a world of phonies, Hope Solo is no phony. I just ordered another copy of her book to give to a friend that criticized her during the Olympic coverage. I'm 72-years-old and Hope Solo is my hero, or heroine. Americans should be proud of her, not critical of her.
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It's rare to get insight into the dynamics of a team that failed as spectacularly as the 2007 U.S. Women's World Cup team. It's even rarer to learn how a program rights itself like the U.S. did in winning the 2008 Olympic gold medal and beyond. Such dramatic turnarounds don't happen often, and even less often do we get the inside story that Hope Solo tells here. The honest details behind Solo's relationships with her coaches and teammates during this turnaround are the most rewarding part of her autobiography. While I was touched reading about Solo's difficult relationship with her father in her own words, Solo told much of this story to the press already. Solo reveals a lot about her personal life, and many women in their 20s will relate to her boy troubles. I was personally interested in her struggles as an introvert. But what makes Solo unique is her experiences as a lightning rod during a tumultuous transition period between generations of the U.S. women's national team.

The members of the 1999 Women's World Cup have been deservedly lionized by the American media for what they did to grow women's sports in America, but the media has too often failed to recognize that the '99 athletes are human beings, not goddesses. Solo exposes the flaws of the '99ers for all to see. She gives appropriate respect for the '99 team's accomplishments, while also explaining how these veterans later abuse their privilege. The veterans on the 2007 team enable coach Greg Ryan to make the fatal and foolish decision to bench Solo in the World Cup semifinals against Brazil in favor of '99 veteran Briana Scurry, despite Solo having been the starter throughout the World Cup to that point.
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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 the reader, gain an insight into what made Hope into the person she is today.
When you think of star athletes, you think of fame, fortune maybe, and having a life where everyone looks up to you. For Hope, the story did not go that way. She has had to face much adversity to get to the place she is today.
Her books takes you through stories about her personal family life, some of which could be really hard to share with people. Especially knowing the media hasn't always been on your side - there will always be critics. The stories are filled with emotion, and gives you a pretty good insight into the type of person she is, which does not include selfish.
There aren't many good ways to critique an autobiography, you can't judge the story, because it is all real. But, the writing in this book was full of intelligence and class. Hope has faced many issues with her team and with the media, she explains how every one of those events came about. She may not apologize for everything she says, which she shouldn't, but she gives her perspective on the situations and makes you realize that the media does, in fact, blow things up in order to get a good story.
It will have you crying one minute, then laughing the next. I guarantee, if you ever had a negative opinion about Hope, your mind will instantly be changed after reading this emotion-filled memoir.
5/5 stars. Beautifully written, and had me hooked from the very first page.
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This is a great look at, what Hope Solo is, and what
makes her what she is.
She has the reflexes of an Old West Gunslinger, and
the attitude of a Middle Linebacker.
That is why she plays the position she does.....Goalkeeper.
But this book is way more than just a soccer tale, it is also
the story of a person that has been trying to find out who she
is, and why her World is sometimes so confusing.
Hope can come off being brash, cocky, arrogant, demanding,
pushy, angry, standoffish, intimidating, opinionated, and above
all.........a goalie you would want in net, when the big game is on
the line.
In other words, she talks the talk, but she can walk the walk.
I have coached many soccer teams, men and women, and have
always enjoyed watching the Goalkeepers, as they are in their own
zones, and they have to be.
Many coaches, fail to understand, a goalie has to think of themselves
as unbeatable, or they can't be that "last man".
They have to love that kind of pressure, and want to be the one to save
the game.
I have had quite a few Goalkeepers, go on to play in college, and they all
had the look in the eyes, that you see on Hope.
Don't judge Hope Solo, until you have read her story.
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