Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Book Review: Solo A Memoir of Hope

I read Solo: A Memoir of Hope the other week and I found it extremely enjoyable.

If you're unfamiliar, it's the autobiography of Hope Solo the US Women's Goalkeeper.  It's the story of her journey within US Women's Soccer, but it's also the story of her life behind the soccer net.  I am a very casual soccer fan (like, I watch every four years during the Olympics) and though I had heard her name before, I definitely didn't know much about her.

The storyline involving her upbringing and her father were hard for me to read because I saw many similarities between Mr. Solo and Mike Maloney - unstable men who loved their children but couldn't fit within the confines of social norms.  Reading about Mr. Solo's struggles, his homelessness, his death... very sad.

I loved the behind-the-scenes backstory about the friction on the women's soccer team.  Hope is a very outspoken person, and she had clashes with many of her teammates and coaches.  Obviously this story is written from her point of view, so I tended to side with her without knowing the other player's perspective, but I found it both interesting and entertaining.

I also really enjoyed reading about what she went through to make the team, and what she went through each year to stay on the starting roster.

One other thing I wanted to mention was that I read the book on the iPad, and it was a very different reading experience versus a paper book... can't say that I loved it, but it's definitely convenient in many ways.  (The book became available via the library's online collection, and I had it downloaded within a few minutes... a much easier experience instead of taking the bus to the library during the business hours, etc etc).

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