Solo: A Memoir of 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 ...

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Overview

"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.

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Editorial Reviews

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Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Hope Solo has been the U.S. national team goalie since 2000. In 2011, she played a key role in getting the Americans to the FIFA Women's World Cup finals. On Dancing With the Stars, she was a semi-finalist; she's a two-time Sports Illustrated cover girl who been called the sexiest woman in sports. All of that is good news, but it forms only part of the appeal of this remarkable memoir. The story of Solo's family life alone can engulf our interest: She gained her love of soccer from her father, an often homeless Vietnam vet who was once convicted of embezzlement. An early reader described Solo as The Glass Castle meets A League of Their Own; now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

Library Journal
Featured twice on the cover of Sports Illustrated and a TV regular, Solo may have made her name as the independent-minded goalkeeper for the U.S. women's national soccer team, but she's much more. Here's her story, focusing on her relationship with her father, who taught her to love soccer but disappeared from her life for a time when he was convicted of embezzlement. Given Solo's headliner reputation, not to mention comparisons to Jeannette Walls's The Glass Castle, the 30,000-copy first printing seems a bit cautious.
Kirkus Reviews
The unflinching account of U.S. women's soccer team member Solo's life on and off the field. Born in Richland, Wash., a plutonium-producing town "created in the dark shadows of the American dream," Solo came from a family that "[didn't] do happy endings." Her father was a philandering con man who married her mother while still serving a prison sentence for embezzlement. When Solo was 7, he kidnapped her and her brother Marcus from their mother; after he was arrested, she did not see him again for many years. But the damage had already been done. Her home life was fraught with tension that manifested as fights between Solo and her brother and alcoholism in her mother. She found refuge in sports and excelled as a soccer player. By the time she was a high school junior, she had caught the eye of college coaches across the country. Solo chose the University of Washington, where she lived a double life as a respected college athlete and a national soccer team member while gradually rebuilding a relationship with her now-homeless father. Dreaming of World Cup glory, Solo then played for professional teams in the U.S., Sweden and France while continuing to train with the American national team. Never one to hold back, she speaks with great honesty about the difficulty of living in the shadow of the 1999 World Cup championship team. She also reflects thoughtfully on her infamous benching at the 2007 World Cup competition and how the misunderstanding it caused nearly ruined her reputation and professional standing. Through heartache, setbacks and career-threatening injuries, Solo demonstrates not only a fierce determination to overcome, but also the grace of a true champion. A readable, inspiring memoir about staying true to dreams and principles in a world that too often forces personal compromise.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062136756
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/18/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 183,350
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Hope Solo

Hope Solo, one of the most charismatic athletes in America, is widely regarded as the best women's goalkeeper in the world. An 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. At the 2011 World Cup, FIFA awarded her the Adidas Golden Glove as the tournament's top goalkeeper. A prominent spokeswoman for Gatorade and Nike, she starred on the hit reality show Dancing with the Stars. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Ann Killion is a columnist with Sports Illustrated and a regular commentator on Comcast TV. She has covered the past nine Olympics and the last three Women's World Cups, and was a sports columnist at the San Jose Mercury News for twenty years.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    To hope solo if u r reading this

    Dear hope,
    I have watched u play at the olympics and th world cup many times. I have watched other athletes do he same, but u standed out. U have followed r dream ti become the best us womans goalie there has been. I remember, in fith grade, when i played REC soccer. I had played soccer since i could walk, and i love the sport. My dad was my coach. We didnt have a goalie, and my dad asked me to play in goal. I went up to the box and stood in front vthe goal, having no idea wht to do, no idea what would happen when te ball came to me. Eventually, i found out. A girl dribbled the ball down the field and into te box. I thought to mysekf: i have to save this. I have to, i have to, i have to. I ran towards the girl. I kept running, ad then i dove. I swept te ball in my arms just as the girls kicked. Istead of hitting the ball, she hit my nose. Th is rec soccer we r talking about, so thankfully, her kick wadnt that hard. Still, it hurt, and i ran off the field crying (which, as i had just learned the hard way, u arent supposed to do. Whoops!) But my dad and mom, and my whole soccer team, thought i yad a talent: playing goalie. I was like, thanks guys but idk if this is the right thing for me. Then sixth grade came, and i found out i had made the travel soccer team. There were two teams: white and blue. I was on white, which wasnt as good as blue. But then they needed ppl to play on bith teams, and i said yes. I loved being on bith teams, but i didnt like playing on the field. I liked goalie more. One day we were at a tournament. We were playing a hard team, and i was put in goal. The girl dribvled te ball up, and shot. I dove and got a finger on it. She shot again and somehow i got it again, this time holding it. All of the adults were cheering wildly (which is rly funny if u think about it!) an i was rly happy. The rest of the season was terrib fir both teams. We won only one or two games in the spring and fall seasons combined. I tryed out again for travel soccer and made the blue team. I cant wait until this soccer year starts. When i grow up, want to b where u r now. I hope u read this, and i wanted to say, u r my hero in many ways. Ps if u rly r reading this, wambach grew up where my grandparnets live.
    Sincerely,
    Lauren.

    14 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2012

    There is much to be said about this outspoken goal keeper for th

    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.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    Not a team player

    An average player with a selfish attitude. An okay book. I wish she would take more accountability for her actions on and off the field. Not an ideal role-model for young ladies.

    6 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2012

    Awesome book

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    Fantastic read. It takes u thrugh a roller coaster of emotions.

    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.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2013

    I am not a soccer player, but wanted to read it and hear Hope So

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Incredible!

    I absolutely loved this book! I would definitely reread this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Amazing

    Verh inspiring book for young soccer players and very entertaining

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2012

    Excellent Memoir! This is a book that shares very intimate detai

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Love hope solo!

    Hey, well i havent read the book yet but i love hope solo!!! My passion is soccer. Anyways this book looks fantastic. I read a little at barnes and noble store. There are a few curse words. Im ten years old and im fine with the cursing- its natrual life. Sorry if im wasting u guys time if if just wanted a simple review!! ;)

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Inspering story loved it

    Had me at the begging. Hope no mater what happens keep going and dont stop i envey u for setting yourself a goal and then accomplished that goal tooo.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012

    HOPE SOLO

    Hey

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    IS IT TRUE??

    Heard she got arrested for domestic violence or asault. lol, girl's about to ruin her life and fame. Bet she wont participate in the World Cup next year. Btw Costa Rica is totally gonna win the World Cup. They better take out Holland!!!! <br> It's Queen Bree

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2014

    Usa

    I have rwad the biook five times ea a bug fan till git arrested go ys we c win

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2014

    We all know sh got arrested for aggraveated assult

    And it isnt funny because it is going to mess up her reputation

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2014

    GRACE GEPHART !!!!!!

    This is leah i need your email adress if you want me to text you back!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    Oops

    Sory I forgot to mention my name. My name is Grace Gephart and I am 8 years old

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014

    World Cup

    LETS GO USA WE CAN WE THE WORLD CUP

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    I think this was a very good book, and was very satisfied with h

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Great book

    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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