Book Review: 'Solo: A Memoir of Hope '
Solo helped lead the much loved and publicized team to the Olympic Games as one of the favorites.
The tournament itself did not come to an end without controversy. A series of tweets sent out in response to Brandi Chastain's criticism of the defense got a lot of publicity and could have been a major distraction. Still, she was able to push that aside and focus in goal to capture gold.
Now, she has released her autobiography Solo: A Memoir of Hope.
If Solo does not do one thing well, it is mincing words.
The juicy details of her career with the women’s national team are laid out. If you thought you knew what had happened throughout her career by newspaper clippings or television pundits, you are wrong.
It is the captivating tale of her upbringing that truly reels you in to Solo's journey. The star goalkeeper opens up about her father, mother and everyone else close to her. She takes you on her emotional roller coaster of a childhood.
You will get to learn of her high school playing days and a rather villainous athletic director, who seemed to have it out for Solo simply because of her last name. Solo explains how she went from wanting to go to a university far away from home to having a moment of clarity, when she knew she wanted to attend the University of Washington.
From there, Solo brings you to her start with the national team.
She gives you the most in-depth look at the inner-sanctum of the USWNT at that time. Solo removes the rose-tinted glasses that are on the public's face. Solo opens the blinds to the politicking going on behind closed doors.
She recounts the most talked-about moment of her career: the 2007 World Cup semi-final post-match interview.
The reader is given a whole new perspective on the events that led to that moment from the moment Greg Ryan became the head coach until his final encounter with Solo on the Arizona State University pitch, after she had become a gold medalist at the 2008 Athens Games.
She talks about her brief stint in the WUSA, in Swedish and French pro leagues and a different look at the WPS and both of her controversial team owners.
The book is about much more than soccer.
Her family is a vital part of her story. Grandma Alice, Grandpa Pete, her mother Judy and father Gerry, brother Marcus and many more play a crucial role in who Solo is today.
For all the lovestruck, goo-goo-eyed fans, she does talk about the special people in her life too. However, that is a mere footnote to the extremely captivating tales she brings to light in this book.
Whether you are simply a bibliophile or Hope Solo fan, this is an excellent read. Solo and Ann Killion, suck you into her story from the prologue.
It is a book that you will find hard to put down.
Solo: A Memoir of Hope comes highly recommended.
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