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An instant New York Times bestseller!

“Rapinoe''s ''signature pose'' from the 2019 FIFA Women''s World Cup is synonymous to the feeling we got when finishing this book: heart full, arms wide and ready to take up space in this world.”—USA Today 

 
Megan Rapinoe, Olympic gold medalist and two-time Women''s World Cup champion, reveals for the first time her life both on and off the field. Guided by her personal journey into social justice, brimming with humor, humanity, and joy, she urges all of us to ask ourselves, What will you do with your one life?

Only four years old when she kicked her first soccer ball, Megan Rapinoe developed a love – and clear talent – for the game at a young age. But it was her parents who taught her that winning was much less important than how she lived her life. From childhood on, Rapinoe always did what she could to stand up for what was right—even if it meant going up against people who disagreed.

In  One Life, Megan Rapinoe invites readers on a remarkable journey, looking back on both her victories and her failures, and pulls back the curtain on events we know only from the headlines. After the 2011 World Cup, discouraged by how few athletes were open about their sexuality, Rapinoe decided to come out publicly as gay and use her platform to advocate for marriage equality. Recognizing the power she had to bring attention to critical issues, in 2016 she took a knee during the national anthem in solidarity with former NFL player Colin Kaepernick to protest racial injustice and police brutality—the first high-profile white athlete to do so. The backlash was immediate, but it couldn’t compare to the overwhelming support. Rapinoe became a force of change. 

Here for the first time, Rapinoe reflects upon some of the most pivotal moments in her life and career – from her realization in college that she was gay, through the disputes with soccer coaches and officials over her decision to kneel, to the first time she met her now-fiancé WNBA champion Sue Bird, and up through suing the US Soccer Federation over gender discrimination and equal pay. Throughout, Rapinoe makes clear the obligation we all have to speak up, and the impact each of us can have on our communities. Deeply personal and inspiring,  One Life reveals that real, concrete change lies within all of us, and asks: If we all have the same resource—this one precious life, made up of the decisions we make every day—what are you going to do? 
 
"One Life makes it clear that Rapinoe’s greatest accomplishments may ultimately come away from the soccer pitch. She’s a new kind of American hero."—San Francisco Chronicle 

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“One Life makes it clear that Rapinoe’s greatest accomplishments may ultimately come away from the soccer pitch. She’s a new kind of American hero. ” —San Francisco Chronicle

“One Life will inspire readers to go out and leave their mark on the world no matter how scary it is or how uncomfortable they may feel in the process. ” —PopSugar
 

“Rapinoe''s ''signature pose'' from the 2019 FIFA Women''s World Cup is synonymous to the feeling we got when finishing this book: heart full, arms wide and ready to take up space in this world.”  USA Today

“An invigorating read that’s incredibly hard to put down. . . .  One Life is an outstanding narrative of an exemplary life. Megan Rapinoe’s many accomplishments on the pitch are celebrated but what takes center stage is how she uses those moments to further the causes she believes in. It’s that combination of transcendent athletic accomplishment and iconoclastic social justice activism that makes Rapinoe unique as an athlete—and now as an author.”  —Out Sports

“Megan Rapinoe isn’t breaking the glass ceiling— she is shattering it, all while sharing her stage with those on the margins. She is a real-life superhero, a coconspirator to the oppressed, who is as tenacious off the field as she is on the field. This is an inspiring moment for a powerful force in social justice.” — Patrisse Khan-Cullors, cofounder of Black Lives Matter; New York Times bestselling coauthor of When They Call You a Terrorist; joint recipient of the Sydney Peace Prize 
 
“Megan Rapinoe’s  One Life is an incredible self-portrait of a new way to be public and female: to be able to enjoy and celebrate how extraordinary one is while also being attuned to the needs of others. It’s a manifesto of how to have a beating heart while also being a beast on the field.” —Natalie Portman, Academy Award winner; co-owner of Angel City

“Uplifting. . . . A compelling testimony for equality in sports with a resounding message of hope.” —Booklist, starred review
 
“Rapinoe''s passion for inclusion and equality shines throughout this appealing book, and her hard-won take on the intersection of sports and activism isn''t to be missed.” —Publishers Weekly
 
“An inspiring memoir that will thrill soccer fans as well as social justice activists.” —Kirkus

“Essential for all readers. Rapinoe shares much wisdom throughout, and her words are a call for action to continue to fight societal inequalities.” Library Journal

 

About the Author

Megan Rapinoe is an American professional soccer player. As a member of the US Women''s national soccer team, she helped win the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women''s World Cup tournaments and a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. A co-captain of the team since 2018, she was named the Best FIFA Women''s Player in 2019, and was awarded the Golden Boot.

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STAND UP
 
I was on the team bus driving through the suburbs of Chicago when I picked up a call from my agent. It was September 2016, and my team, FC Seattle Reign, had just played the Chicago Red Stars in one of the last games of the season. That wasn’t why my agent was calling. Dan Levy had represented me for almost ten years and we’d been through a few things together. Five years earlier, he’d been a big part of the discussion around my decision to come out as the first, and for a long time practically the only, gay player on the US Women’s National Team—which is hilarious given the number of gays on the team—and he’d seen me through injuries and disappointments without losing his cool. Now he sounded concerned. “This is blowing up,” he said. The actual game that night had been nothing special. Chicago, like New York and Los Angeles, isn’t a soccer town, for reasons no one can quite put their finger on. You might get people out for a national team game, but no way are they turning up on a random Sunday night in September for a league match. We’d played to a small crowd of three thousand people and the score had been a lackluster 2–2. But at the press conference afterward, the first question out of the gate had little to do with the game itself: Had I intended to kneel during the national anthem, and if so, why?

I had anticipated being asked this question, of course. The decision to kneel wasn’t one I’d made lightly. At the same time, I hadn’t given much thought to how it might be received. In trivial contexts, I can be impulsive—the kind of person who dyes their hair pink the night before a huge tournament, for example—but it wasn’t that. If I didn’t rehearse outcomes before kneeling, it’s because kneeling, to me, felt more like an imperative than a choice. Any risk assessment I did wasn’t premised on how my actions might land, but on calculating the risk—huge, societal, unignorable, in my view—of doing nothing.

Still, I wasn’t expecting much of a backlash. Compared to football or baseball, soccer has a relatively low profile in this country, particularly at the league level. The nine teams in the National Women’s Soccer League are very competitive, but they don’t exactly dominate the sports pages. In the fall of 2016, even the national team—one of the most successful sports teams of all time—wasn’t riding especially high. A month earlier, we’d been eliminated from of the Rio Olympics in the quarterfinals, our worst result in an international tournament for years. I was personally off form, in the final stages of recovering from a knee injury. And the soccer season was about to end. I was also a woman athlete. At thirty-one, I was a veteran of two World Cups and two Olympic Games, with a history of mouthing off at least as long as my playing record. Still, it seemed fair to assume that when it came to talking about politics, my voice would carry less weight than a man’s. Earlier that year, when members of three WNBA basketball  teams  had  worn  T-shirts  emblazoned  with  black  lives matter, it had triggered a flurry of interest before dying down. By contrast, when Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the 49ers, had knelt before a game in San Diego a week earlier, the response had been swift and engulfing.

I had seen the footage of Colin kneeling. It was impossible to avoid. We were in an election year, and all summer the news had been dominated by stories of unarmed black Americans dying in police custody. Black Lives Matter had become increasingly visible. For a while, you couldn’t open The New York Times without reading about the disparity between the way black and white Americans were treated by the criminal justice system and our society at large. When Colin knelt, it had seemed to me a perfectly logical response to what felt like a state of emergency. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he said, and the invitation—surely everyone else heard it, too?—was clear.
 
 
The morning after I knelt in Chicago, a quick glance at my social media feeds confirmed the scale of my misapprehension. Dan’s heads-up the night before had been a tiny taste of what was to come: people were mad. Whoa, were they pissed. When I was younger, I had labored under the delusion that dating men might be a part of my future. This felt like a bigger miscalculation. It wasn’t just the volume of outrage; it was the sheer hysterical pitch of it. I had been expecting a few chin-stroking editorials or a hashtag at most. Instead there were death threats, threats of violence, and horrible language, most of them sent to Dan and his fellow agents, often accompanied by a prim note asking if they’d mind forwarding the message on to me. A guy identifying himself as a former fan said he was thinking of burning my shirt. I was called every name under the sun. As the photo of me kneeling spread across the internet, right- wing blog posts sprung up calling for me to be axed from the team, and I was a talking point on Fox News. I was totally blindsided.

I called my parents in Redding. It’s a small town in Northern California, a formerly prosperous outpost of the logging industry, now at the tail end of a long, slow economic decline. With the exception of Rachael, most of the rest of my family—parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces—still live in the area and, my parents told me that morning, in between worrying about me, reeling at the scale of the coverage, and being mad that I hadn’t given them advance notice, they were all having to deal with the reactions of their conservative neighbors.
One by one my siblings started to check in. CeCé, who I think of as my oldest sister but is actually my youngest aunt on my mother’s side and by far the sweetest of us all, called to make sure I was OK. My oldest sister, Jenny, who with the best will in the world no one would describe as sweet, called in a state of alarm to tell me she was having to unfriend coworkers on Facebook after they kept posting links to articles that trashed me. Rachael was on a hiking holiday in the Swiss Alps. After three days in the mountains without wi-fi, she reached a village, turned on her phone, and watched as it practically vibrated off the table with messages—mostly from friends asking, “Have you seen what Megan’s done?!” She hadn’t, but was soon up to speed. We own a business together, Rapinoe SC, which runs soccer clinics for kids across the country, and through the company’s website, hate mail was piling up in her in-box, along with cancellations for forthcoming clinics. When she called me, she barely needed the aid of a satellite to be heard. “What the hell is going on?” she yelled.

I had a tough time coming up with an answer. As the team and I packed up in Chicago and prepared to fly to our next game in DC, the noise intensified. I had been disrespectful to veterans, I was anti- American, I was politicizing sports in a way that ruined them for everyone else. I had long, reasoned responses to each of these accusations, but first, I was furiously indignant. So we don’t think there’s police brutality going on? We don’t? OK. So that’s what you’re saying. You’re saying all this stuff doesn’t exist, and all these people’s experiences—they’re lying? The scale of the outrage seemed to me to underline the very problem we were addressing, which is that there is huge denial about race in this country, bolstered by white fragility.
Not all of the anger came from outside. My family rallied to my defense, as they always do, but that isn’t to say everyone agreed with me. My dad and I hadn’t seen eye to eye on politics for a while. Rachael, who totally approved of my politics, was still mad at me for not planning things out better, while other family members wondered aloud if kneeling was the best way to get my point across. The only person who, I imagined, might have been enjoying a straightforwardly positive response to what I’d done was my brother Brian. I hadn’t spoken to Brian in a while, but one grimly amusing result of my kneeling was that it pushed him several places down the league table of Rapinoe sibling to have caused the most trouble.

 There was one person I desperately wanted to talk to. Sue Bird was a star player on the national women’s basketball team, who I had met at the Olympics in Rio that summer. After reconnecting briefly in Chicago, we had agreed not to meet up again until I’d returned to Seattle and broken up with my fiancée. I had never felt this way about anyone before, and in ordinary circumstances, it would have been enough drama to last me the year. Now, as the controversy around me raged on, Sue was the person I most wanted to be with and couldn’t. Not all the responses to my kneeling were bad. My Seattle team- mates, while largely baffled by what I’d done, were also quietly supportive, as was my team coach, Laura Harvey, and Bill and Teresa Predmore, two of the owners of the Seattle Reign. In the airport, on the street, and amid the torrent of abusive messages online, strangers came forward to offer encouragement. As tends to happen, however, the negative stuff took up the most space, and as journalists kept asking if I planned on kneeling again, I found myself in a familiar position. The quickest way to get me to double down on something is to tell me I can’t do it. It didn’t occur to me for a second that it might not be my decision to make.
Three days after the game in Chicago, the Seattle Reign played the Washington Spirit at a stadium in Maryland. As I was changing, Laura quietly came up and told me that the owner of the Washington team had decided to play the national anthem while we were still in the locker room, to deny me the possibility of kneeling. “That is fucking wack-ass,” I said, and burst into laughter. It seemed cowardly and dishonest, the worst possible way to deal with someone with whom you disagree. It also signified the beginning of a new phase, in which strangers swearing at me online was replaced by a worse phenome- non: people being polite to my face while trying to defuse my actions behind my back.

By “people” I mean the US Soccer Federation. Once they saw what was happening, they tried to shut down my protest. The strangest thing about this was dealing with something people of color must feel all the time: the out-of-body experience of having one’s basic reality denied. Every time I opened my mouth to talk about kneeling, or racial injustice, or police brutality, it was as if a chorus within the soccer world popped up to say: That isn’t happening, and the real crime is you disturbing the peace by even suggesting it. In fact, those who disagreed seemed to be saying: Not only is your protest illegitimate, but the anger directed toward you isn’t happening either, or at least people aren’t angry for the reasons you specify. I couldn’t get used to this. I understood that people were mad; I even understood, thanks to my dad’s dalliances with right-wing views, that people can be manipulated into blaming the wrong people for their problems. What I couldn’t understand was how anyone with half a brain or conscience could argue that there wasn’t an issue here worth protesting, or that action soon taken against me by the Soccer Federation was anything but an attempt to quiet me down.

The beginning of the end came on a Thursday evening in mid- September. It was the first time since kneeling that I’d played with the national team, on a very different stage from that of a league game, with higher stakes and a bigger audience—around ten thou- sand that night, in the stadium in Columbus, Ohio. It was an international friendly against Thailand and, as always, we were the favorites, ranked number one in the world to Thailand’s thirty-two. Before the game, Jill Ellis, the national coach, had been asked what she thought of my kneeling and said something vague about being “team first,” which, while it wasn’t a ringing endorsement, hadn’t struck me as particularly ominous. In pleasant 70-degree weather, the anthem started to play. I dropped to one knee.
I didn’t play the first half. In the second half, when I came in off the bench, a noise started to emanate from the crowd that, since it rose every time I received the ball and diminished every time I passed it, soon became unmistakable: booing. Three days later, in a friendly against the Netherlands in Atlanta, it would be much, much louder. (It figures; it was the South.) But that game against Thailand was critical in terms of the effect I believe the booing had on my coach. For Jill, the sound coming from the bleachers that night in Ohio was, I suspect, her first real taste of what had been going on in the wake of my kneeling. From that moment on, my relationship with her was in serious trouble.

Tunnel vision is a prerequisite for most professional athletes. Just as when you take a penalty kick in front of fifty thousand people— the ambient cheering settles into white noise—it turns out that the sound of ten thousand people telling you to go fuck yourself can also blend into a solid mass possible to ignore. I wasn’t disturbed by the booing that evening, nor during the game in Atlanta. If you want to be an asshole and boo social justice, I thought, go ahead, be my guest. But while we won 9–0 that night—a good result even by our standards— it would be my last celebration on the field for some time. After the game, US Soccer released a statement saying it expected players to stand for the anthem. The day after that, Jill told me she wasn’t starting me in the game in Atlanta. A few weeks later, I was told by Jill not to dress for two national team games, guaranteeing I wouldn’t set foot on the field, and with the exception of a training camp I attended in November, I wouldn’t be invited to train with the team again that winter, or the following spring. In early 2017, the US Soccer Federation formally banned players from kneeling during the anthem.

This should have been the worst time of my life. I was in the wilderness with no team, no training camp, and no workable relationship with my coach. And while I was still technically a team member—Jill hadn’t fired me, yet—what does that mean when you’re not even invited to train, let alone to play? My career as a national team player was shattered. I was out in the cold with no obvious path of return. And yet, as my agents discussed the possibility that I might never play for my country again, I didn’t feel despondent at all. I felt ignited. Everything in my life had been leading to this.
At the post-game press conference after I first knelt in Chicago, I hadn’t rehearsed what I was going to say. I didn’t need to. Still red- faced from playing, I said I had knelt in support of Colin and to start what I hoped was a more thoughtful conversation about race. It was a show of solidarity and, I said, a way to broaden the conversation about racial injustice to people who, to put it politely, might find me a less threatening messenger than Colin. It was something else, too. I wasn’t just familiar with the politics behind Colin’s protest; I felt them, in my own way. “I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties,” I said. “It was something small that I could do

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Lisa E
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A Hat Trick!
Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2020
I was expecting to enjoy this book because it’s Megan Rapinoe and I generally align with her. Plus, she seems like an awesome person. I did not expect to LOVE this book. I laughed, cried, felt outraged and hated to see it end. I ended up purchasing the book in every form... See more
I was expecting to enjoy this book because it’s Megan Rapinoe and I generally align with her. Plus, she seems like an awesome person. I did not expect to LOVE this book. I laughed, cried, felt outraged and hated to see it end. I ended up purchasing the book in every form and I’m looking forward to reading the audiobook because while reading you can hear her voice shining through.

This book is about so much more than Megan the athlete because she is so much more than an athlete. Her family dynamic (past and present), the way she was Mothered by Mammers, and how she found her voice was so present in this book throughout the chapters. When you hear Megan speak and watch her play, she puts it all out and leaves it all out on the field. That’s exactly what she did in her memoir and I for one found this book relatable.

Don’t just read the book because it’s trendy and don’t read it to see if you can find a reason to dislike her. Read the book because Megan is human, flawed and honestly one of the most genuine people this world has been graced with. And her love story with Sue Bird is so beautiful. It’s rare to find that kind of love. Congrats to them!

I highly recommend this one and I’m looking forward to doing a reread this weekend.
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TK & Rachael
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One of my favorite Autobiographies
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2020
I’m a huge fan of autobiographical stories and books. It’s authentic. I love how Megan Rapinoe stuck to her true self. Daring and a lovable petty bitch. Love it. The shade thrown at Jill was epic. Every true fan saw it coming. I hope more Gays follow in the footsteps... See more
I’m a huge fan of autobiographical stories and books. It’s authentic. I love how Megan Rapinoe stuck to her true self. Daring and a lovable petty bitch. Love it.
The shade thrown at Jill was epic. Every true fan saw it coming. I hope more Gays follow in the footsteps of the vulnerability and authenticity she shows.
I want to Thank Megan Rapinoe for staying true to the fight for equality and racial justice. Refreshing book.
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Danielle
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Great Read
Reviewed in the United States on November 15, 2020
Great read with insights into how a public figure took a knee, to stand for what she believed was right. And how what one marginalized population can do affects others. Using our white privilege, after learning we have it, to address the issues in our society is something... See more
Great read with insights into how a public figure took a knee, to stand for what she believed was right. And how what one marginalized population can do affects others. Using our white privilege, after learning we have it, to address the issues in our society is something all of us need to do to bring the country back together.
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Maria Carolina
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Well written!
Reviewed in the United States on November 20, 2020
The book is very well written, thanks to the wonderful work of Emma Brockes, a very competent biographer. I like memoirs, I like football and, living in Seattle since 2017, I like Rapinoe a lot. I am Brazilian, so Megan was directly responsible for my greatest sadness as a... See more
The book is very well written, thanks to the wonderful work of Emma Brockes, a very competent biographer. I like memoirs, I like football and, living in Seattle since 2017, I like Rapinoe a lot. I am Brazilian, so Megan was directly responsible for my greatest sadness as a football fan in 2011, a moment that was narrated in detail in this book.

Football stories (I''m sorry, Americans, but Soccer is not the name of that sport) are interspersed with Megan''s ideals about the world, her strong activism and thoughts about intersectionality. The narrative structure is well constructed and organized. I intercalated between the Kindle book and thee audiobook and strongly recommend the audio version, narrated by Megan herself.

I share the way Megan sees the world and if there is something she has inspired me to do, is to act. To use my privilege to change. I believe the message that stands out from this book is: Everyone has a platform, no matter how big or small, you can always do something.

Megan also demonstrates that she still has a lot to mature (and this is ok) - The chapter in which she tells about the experience she had in France is slightly (but obviously not intentionally) intolerant and maybe she needs to understand a little more about introversion. Well, no one is perfect :)

If you are reading this review and know Megan Rapinoe, please tell her two things:

1) Read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can''t Stop Talking by Susan Cain;
2) Please Megan, stop scoring goals or making unbelievable plays when you are playing against Brazil!
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Great read, not an "I am the greatest" book.
Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2020
Received it today and read it straight through. Very good read. Not at all what I was expecting.
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Elizabeth
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Megan is superior!
Reviewed in the United States on April 6, 2021
Listened to Audiobook! I don''t like to judge memoirs based on the content, as it''s the author''s personal story, however, how can we not give Megan five stars all around! :) Megan touches on everything from moving up through the US women''s national... See more
Listened to Audiobook!

I don''t like to judge memoirs based on the content, as it''s the author''s personal story, however, how can we not give Megan five stars all around! :)

Megan touches on everything from moving up through the US women''s national soccer team (USWNT) ranks, torn ACLs, and other injuries to balancing college soccer with the USWNT.

Then of course, she covers her experience fighting for equal pay for the USWNT and women athletes in general. She also talks about her coming-out experience and how hers differed from others in her *family* and on her *soccer teams.*

She lovingly discusses her and Sue Bird''s meeting and escalation to a relationship! <3

What I loved most though, was Megan addressing racism and her choice to kneel during the National Anthem. She was highly criticized for this move; she explains in great detail what it meant to her and why she did it. Megan admits to being naive to racism and racial bias, as she is a privileged white woman. However, she took ACTION and educated herself on the issues so she could be confident when she took a stand on them. She discusses how natural it is for her to be an advocate for the LGBTQ community and for equal pay, but she had to work harder to know how to speak up about racism. I really respect her for admitting that she needed to do research and work to educate herself like many white Americans need to.

Thanks for sharing with us, Megan! :)
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The Peppy Techie
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Open, honest, entertaining, and a fantastic read. Loved it!
Reviewed in the United States on August 5, 2021
Reading this book was a great experience. You learn about Megan, her family, teammates, but also about her activism for issues she believes in and researches. Loved the story, and her truth. Loved that she told us about her life, coming out, her history with the National... See more
Reading this book was a great experience. You learn about Megan, her family, teammates, but also about her activism for issues she believes in and researches. Loved the story, and her truth. Loved that she told us about her life, coming out, her history with the National team, and her jump into activism. Her research was amazing, and I found myself, diving into the issues she discussed as well. Thank you Megan for your story. If I could hand this book to my 14 year old self, I wonder how different my life could have been. Many may have paved the way, but you showed the world how to stand tall and throw out our arms and be proud of who we are, who we can be, and to fight for issues, that may not be ours but should be.
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EJP
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Compelling, intimate account of how a true heroine grew to become one
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2021
Megan Rapinoe has become a beacon for social justice. Using her celebrity status as an athlete to encourage all of us to join the cause. She tells us candidly how she grew up in a lively, loving family who nurtured her soccer passion without hesitation. Her loves and... See more
Megan Rapinoe has become a beacon for social justice. Using her celebrity status as an athlete to encourage all of us to join the cause. She tells us candidly how she grew up in a lively, loving family who nurtured her soccer passion without hesitation. Her loves and struggles are described with charming candor. I love this story!
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J. Staniforth
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Almost someone worth my nieces following.... almost.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 13, 2020
Hmmmm... she almost nailed it. Great story, ballsy woman who has stood up for her beliefs, makes a big speech about being kind ... and then falls into the kind of lazy xenophobia that has led us to where we are in the world. Don''t imagine she''ll be invited back to France...See more
Hmmmm... she almost nailed it. Great story, ballsy woman who has stood up for her beliefs, makes a big speech about being kind ... and then falls into the kind of lazy xenophobia that has led us to where we are in the world. Don''t imagine she''ll be invited back to France any time soon - and as a Brit, can hand on heart say that I''m not miserable at all. Sorry love :)
Hmmmm... she almost nailed it. Great story, ballsy woman who has stood up for her beliefs, makes a big speech about being kind ... and then falls into the kind of lazy xenophobia that has led us to where we are in the world. Don''t imagine she''ll be invited back to France any time soon - and as a Brit, can hand on heart say that I''m not miserable at all. Sorry love :)
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STEPHEN HUBBLE
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Xmas Gift
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 23, 2020
Christmas gift. Arrived on time in perfect condition. Item exactly as described.
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Anja Lehmann
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This woman has something to say
Reviewed in Germany on December 10, 2020
Meinung zur Biografie von Megan Rapinoe: Schon als das Buch bei mir ankam, war ich sehr gespannt auf den Inhalt. Megan Rapinoe ist eine der bekanntesten Fußballnationalspielerinnen der USA. Sie hat mit ihrer Mannschaft schon mehrmals den Weltmeistertitel (zuletzt 2019)...See more
Meinung zur Biografie von Megan Rapinoe: Schon als das Buch bei mir ankam, war ich sehr gespannt auf den Inhalt. Megan Rapinoe ist eine der bekanntesten Fußballnationalspielerinnen der USA. Sie hat mit ihrer Mannschaft schon mehrmals den Weltmeistertitel (zuletzt 2019) geholt. Was nicht so sehr bekannt ist, ist die Tatsache, dass sich Rapinoe auch stark in der Gesellschaft für die Rechte von "Randgruppen", wenn man es so bezeichnen will, einsetzt. Sie macht sich stark für die Rechte von Homosexuellen und Schwarzen und kämpft dafür, dass Frauen gleichwertig wie Männer entlohnt werden. Wenn man ihre Geschichte gelesen hat, muss man die Frau einfach für ihren Mut bewundern. Sie scheut sich nicht davor, ihre Meinung zu sagen, selbst wenn das ihre Sportlerkarriere mehr als einmal gefährdet hat. Ich finde es toll, dass sich jemand mit so viel Social Media Einfluss auch für politisch wichtige Verbesserungen einsetzt und deshalb kann ich dieses Buch jedem empfehlen. Ich habe es im Rekordtempo gelesen und keine Seite davon war langweilig.
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Schon als das Buch bei mir ankam, war ich sehr gespannt auf den Inhalt. Megan Rapinoe ist eine der bekanntesten Fußballnationalspielerinnen der USA. Sie hat mit ihrer Mannschaft schon mehrmals den Weltmeistertitel (zuletzt 2019) geholt. Was nicht so sehr bekannt ist, ist die Tatsache, dass sich Rapinoe auch stark in der Gesellschaft für die Rechte von "Randgruppen", wenn man es so bezeichnen will, einsetzt. Sie macht sich stark für die Rechte von Homosexuellen und Schwarzen und kämpft dafür, dass Frauen gleichwertig wie Männer entlohnt werden. Wenn man ihre Geschichte gelesen hat, muss man die Frau einfach für ihren Mut bewundern. Sie scheut sich nicht davor, ihre Meinung zu sagen, selbst wenn das ihre Sportlerkarriere mehr als einmal gefährdet hat. Ich finde es toll, dass sich jemand mit so viel Social Media Einfluss auch für politisch wichtige Verbesserungen einsetzt und deshalb kann ich dieses Buch jedem empfehlen. Ich habe es im Rekordtempo gelesen und keine Seite davon war langweilig.
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How To Use Your Clout As A Celebrated Athlete
Reviewed in Canada on February 11, 2021
Megan Rapinoe grew up in a Conservative family. Her dad voted for Donald Trump. She''s gay and unapologetically vocal about her beliefs. She''s tiny in her stature, and yet, she''s fearless. Even as far as going against her family''s political leanings. She''s faced censure from...See more
Megan Rapinoe grew up in a Conservative family. Her dad voted for Donald Trump. She''s gay and unapologetically vocal about her beliefs. She''s tiny in her stature, and yet, she''s fearless. Even as far as going against her family''s political leanings. She''s faced censure from the league in which she played, even as far as being benched by her coach. All because she decided to kneel as the Star Spangled Banner played. But still, she persisted. She''s won awards, accolades, suffered injuries and heartbreaks. But still, she persisted. If you are expecting this memoir about how an athlete rallied to defeat everything against all odds, you would only be partly right. Because amongst everything, Rapinoe uses her platform for activism. And this book is about that. Facing censure against a league who didn''t want to change the status quo, she persisted in raising awareness about the racial injustices in America. And when she''s not doing that, she''s rallying the women of the league to get their due. The economic inequality between professional men and women soccer players is beyond laughable. The women''s team have won more games, gold medals, and championships than the men''s team, and yet they only make half of what they earned. Truthfully, I''ve never followed Women''s Soccer until Megan made an enemy of the White House. Since then, I''ve been a huge follower. What I admire about her the most is that she took the time to educate herself about racial disparities before she opened her mouth. She read books, talked to people, and did her research. She learned about redlining which is a bank''s way of denying mortgages to people of colour who live in a district that they deemed ''dangerous''. She also talked about how the GI bill that excludes Black vets from receiving benefits. These are just two racial issues that she''s learned on her researches. She was the first white athlete to kneel in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. Honestly, what''s not to love? We never really learn about Megan Rapinoe in her memoir. She barely talked about her childhood, her twin sister. Though she was very candid about her brother''s ongoing battle with addiction. Mostly, I think the main purpose of her book is to show how someone of her stature and clout could use her privilege for the good.
Megan Rapinoe grew up in a Conservative family. Her dad voted for Donald Trump. She''s gay and unapologetically vocal about her beliefs. She''s tiny in her stature, and yet, she''s fearless. Even as far as going against her family''s political leanings. She''s faced censure from the league in which she played, even as far as being benched by her coach. All because she decided to kneel as the Star Spangled Banner played. But still, she persisted.
She''s won awards, accolades, suffered injuries and heartbreaks. But still, she persisted.

If you are expecting this memoir about how an athlete rallied to defeat everything against all odds, you would only be partly right. Because amongst everything, Rapinoe uses her platform for activism. And this book is about that. Facing censure against a league who didn''t want to change the status quo, she persisted in raising awareness about the racial injustices in America. And when she''s not doing that, she''s rallying the women of the league to get their due. The economic inequality between professional men and women soccer players is beyond laughable. The women''s team have won more games, gold medals, and championships than the men''s team, and yet they only make half of what they earned.

Truthfully, I''ve never followed Women''s Soccer until Megan made an enemy of the White House. Since then, I''ve been a huge follower. What I admire about her the most is that she took the time to educate herself about racial disparities before she opened her mouth. She read books, talked to people, and did her research. She learned about redlining which is a bank''s way of denying mortgages to people of colour who live in a district that they deemed ''dangerous''. She also talked about how the GI bill that excludes Black vets from receiving benefits. These are just two racial issues that she''s learned on her researches. She was the first white athlete to kneel in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. Honestly, what''s not to love?

We never really learn about Megan Rapinoe in her memoir. She barely talked about her childhood, her twin sister. Though she was very candid about her brother''s ongoing battle with addiction. Mostly, I think the main purpose of her book is to show how someone of her stature and clout could use her privilege for the good.
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Lots of politics, little football
Reviewed in India on August 6, 2021
Rapinoe''s life certainly had an epic story arc and several parts make for great rafting. The story telling is usually kinetic and laced with humour. A couple nits: I wish she''d given more real estate to leaving bread crumbs of advice that aspiring spokeswoman could follow....See more
Rapinoe''s life certainly had an epic story arc and several parts make for great rafting. The story telling is usually kinetic and laced with humour. A couple nits: I wish she''d given more real estate to leaving bread crumbs of advice that aspiring spokeswoman could follow. I wish she''d talked more about football and the tricks of the trade on how to be the first high performance athlete in her field. Instead, there''s a lot of time spent on her political thinking. Even if you completely agree with her (as I do), it makes for laborious reading, some of the way.
Rapinoe''s life certainly had an epic story arc and several parts make for great rafting. The story telling is usually kinetic and laced with humour.
A couple nits: I wish she''d given more real estate to leaving bread crumbs of advice that aspiring spokeswoman could follow. I wish she''d talked more about football and the tricks of the trade on how to be the first high performance athlete in her field. Instead, there''s a lot of time spent on her political thinking. Even if you completely agree with her (as I do), it makes for laborious reading, some of the way.
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