Solo: A Memoir of Hope

Solo: A Memoir of Hope

by Hope Solo

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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.

Signed poster inside.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062303509
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/18/2013
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 371,161
File size: 4 MB

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 and the San Jose Mercury News.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Prologue 1

Chapter 1 Life Behind the Smiley Face 7

Chapter 2 God's Second Paradise 21

Chapter 3 A Double Identity 35

Chapter 4 Somewhere-Anywhere-Far Away 45

Chapter 5 Bare-Branched, but Ready to Bloom 55

Chapter 6 The '99ers 69

Chapter 7 "I Should Have Died a Long Time Ago …" 81

Chapter 8 An Arm Like Frankenstein 91

Chapter 9 Made in the WUSA 105

Chapter 10 Baa, Baa, Black Sheep 119

Chapter 11 "Only a Daughter Cries Like That" 133

Chapter 12 Shadows 145

Chapter 13 "You Can't Go by a Gut Feeling" 153

Chapter 14 Stepping into Liquid 167

Chapter 15 "Don't Let the Devil Steal Your Joy" 179

Chapter 16 The New #1 195

Chapter 17 Pretty Damn Sweet 211

Chapter 18 Unprofessional Professionals 221

Chapter 19 Seattle's Finest 233

Chapter 20 It Just Takes One 245

Chapter 21 The Silver Lining 255

Chapter 22 Bare-Ass Naked on a Lawn 265

Acknowledgments 283

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Solo: A Memoir of Hope 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
BaumanBookReviews More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have followed hope and the us women team for such a long time. It is an inspiration to see how she overcame so many struggles. There is so much i learned about the number one goal keeper in the world. People will have their bad reviews but if you ask me Hope Solo is indeed a true role model. In life you have to stand up for what you believe and never settle for less than what you deserve. I believe that through this book Hope has allowed the world to share and actually get to know the real Hope Solo. This book should be an inspiration to all that life is not always easy but you can never give up. Hope is living proof that you can achieve anything you set your mind to. Great book, written very honestly and hey sometimes the truth hurts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read. It takes u thrugh a roller coaster of emotions. Nice flow between stories of personal life and soccer life. If u don't like honest and non political correc then this book is not for u. The stories are pure honesty and a "if u agree is ok or if u disagree is ok" attitude. It's bold and honest. I love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Verh inspiring book for young soccer players and very entertaining
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She did but she feels so bad and is still one of the best keepers in the world she wont wreck her fame( she played in the worldcupandgot golden golve)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im pretty sure costa rica didnt even make it to the knockout rounds, hope solo played and she concieded only three goals and usa on :) so get rekt
lruz18 More than 1 year ago
I am not a soccer player, but wanted to read it and hear Hope Solo's story. I do think I would have appreciated the book more if I were a soccer player, but I still found the book interesting. She goes into detail about certain games and the plays that would be more appreciated if read by a soccer player. The book left me angry during the 2007 drama and how her team treated her. I am confused after finishing because it sounded like up until the end of the book, in 2012, she decided to be with Adrian, but she is now married to Jeremy Stevens. Just curious what changed there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! I would definitely reread this book!
BooksintheBurbsBlog More than 1 year ago
Excellent Memoir! This is a book that shares very intimate details of the struggles Hope experiences from childhood through adulthood. I must admit that not being an avid soccer fan, I had never heard of Hope Solo before Dancing with the Stars. When I saw how Hope was portrayed on the show as very defensive to criticism, it just seemed in stark contrast to the jovial look I saw on her face when the soccer team for TEAM USA won gold. This is why I purchased her memoir. I wanted to know what was underneath all the costumes, whether soccer or dance, and learn more about her. Hope Solo’s memoir bares it all on the floor for you to see. She shares every triumph, challenge, and personal journey through it all. As I was reading the book, I not only learned more about her, but also about the sport of soccer. It was amazing to see the hurdles she had to literally jump, the criticism she had to take from the national team under Greg Ryan‘s leadership, and how a woman must still break barriers to be successful. Contrary to the media and all the hype her book has received for “throwing ‘so-and-so’ under the bus”, this is about Hope’s journey…nothing else. There is no hidden agenda in this book, she isn’t trying to make anyone out to be the “bad guy”, nor is she trying to justify her own actions. She is who she is and she gives it all to her readers….take it or leave it, you will walk away with a better understanding of the person behind the accomplishments and criticisms that come with it. I walked away from this book with so much respect and admiration for a young woman who defied what critics had said, what statistics said based on her family issues and where she lived, and what others in her sport had expected her to be. Hope is not a “solo” act. She depended on her family for emotional strength and on her body for physical strength. She depended on her team to do their job and wanted them to know they could depend on her. Hope lives in a man’s world of sports, but through her sport and experience, she has allowed other young dreamers to follow in her place. The goalie position, known as the unpopular place soccer players want to be….Hope made it the place that demanded respect and deserved it. She may come across as tough, uncaring, and she is when she needs to be. However, she is also very sensitive and loves to laugh, be with those who enjoy life, and who know that she is more than a soccer player…she is a woman with heart and passion. This is a book I highly recommend for anyone who wants to be inspired, who has been told “no” one to many times, and who obviously loves soccer. However, more than that, this is book that deserves to be read because it’s got pure heart and she holds nothing back.
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There are tales of athletes that leave me unmoved in spite of their achievements - but this is different . Hope Solo expresses such honesty of feeling it is hard to argue with her point of view. Her sense of passionate work to be the best matches the readily accepted male sports heroes. Like Brady, Jordan, or even Armstrong (yes he did it all to spite cancer's face). Whatever doubts I had about women's soccer they are now gone. Congratulations on this book, Hope, let alone the soccer medals you earned.
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And it isnt funny because it is going to mess up her reputation
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sory I forgot to mention my name. My name is Grace Gephart and I am 8 years old
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I think this was a very good book, and was very satisfied with how it was written. I like how Hope comes out and tells her life struggles. It is encouraging to see that even the most famous people go through things like us normal people. I thought it was very brave of her to come out and say how her dad was a criminal and lived on the streets, and also how her family was so disfunctional growing up. She  did not realize how different her family was, but it was good to see now that she is not ashamed of what she went through as a child.  I believe she is not ashamed because she came through her struggles and still accomplished what she wanted to.  - Samantha Johnson
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Personally I hate to read. I couldn't put this book down! Through this book I have become a huge fan of the US WNT watching their matches on tv and youtube. I play sports and Solo has made me want to work so much harder to become a great athlete and a great teammate. Sometimes its rough to see someone you look up to painted in such negative ways but it makes one realize that even those we idolize aren't perfect, and that is good for many to understand. Great book. Read it.
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Hope solo used to be an awesome soccer player but now shed an awesome soccer player and an awesome writer. She not only is a soccer pkayer she is a legend. Beautiful writing and you can really tell it comes from her heart. She has lived through so many things that many shouldnt have to experience. Hope tells her story and is not afraid to reveal her true self and life. Solo tells how even though everyone else sees her father as a con man and someone not to be trusted she sees the part of him that is free and ready to be baby hopes loving and caring father. Solo movespast everything that has happened between her and her father and forgives him. Although she and marcus fought a lot they are family and family sticks toghether thus showing siblings that even though you may fight and insult deep down you know you love each ither. Solo talks about herrelationship with her team and how she hasnt always had the easiest time. If you are a SOCCER FAN THEN YOU SHOULD GET THIS BOOK OR IF YOU LOVE THE USWNT OR IF YOU LOVE BOTH AND WANT TO KNOW AS MUCH AS YOU CAN AND ENJOY READING ABOUT SOCCER. I woukd recommend this book for ages 13 or up unless you are a semi advanced reader and are ok with some inapropriate language and some inapropriate actions. I loved that the solos growing up had a big smiley face painted on their fence. Do you know why they had a big smiley face painted on the fence? Read the book and youll find out! Solo goes out a bmpy road that many will not ever have to experience. Hope has always been an athlete and did you know that hope was originally mostly a forward on her team when she was a little girl? Hope started her goalie career after she started playing for a few years. Hope alsi describes her experience with WUSA and others clubs that have come a long way from the rough days that womens soccer had a few years back. Hope also adds a little bit on her time with dancing with the stard and her hard time with her partner. Although she didnt win hope did get far and got some very hard steps that dancing requires. The story of hope solos life can be at times dark but at other times it seems she has the best life anyone would want. She has a incredibky fantastic support staff support friends and her incredible friends. Her family travels around to see her plsy and that shows how much they love her. Hope tells how for a little bit no one on the team would even acknowledge her except for Carli llyod. Greg Ryan a previous coach for the USWNT takes solo and puts her on the bench during a huge game for solo. Hope talks about her relationships with her coaches, teamates, family, friends, fans, and supporters. In my opinion this is a fantastic read and a must read. Although it had some inappropriate items in the book this is an inspirational book for many young soccer playing girls with big dreams. What else can i really say about this book except its truly incredible and hope is an incredibly talenyed w
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for anyone who loves the women's game. Solo offers a rare, raw, behind-the-scenes look at Camelot and what it cost her to live there. Competitive sports is not always pony tails and pizza parties. Only the tough survive.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello, Hope Solo is like an instaration because she so awesome.First of all i love her name.