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Megan Rapinoe, Olympic gold medalist and two-time Women's World Cup champion, has become a galvanizing force for social change; here, she urges all of us to take up the mantle, with actions big and small, to continue the fight for justice and equality Megan Rapinoe is one of the world's most talented athletes. But beyond her massive professional success on the soccer field, Megan Rapinoe, Olympic gold medalist and two-time Women's World Cup champion, has become a galvanizing force for social change; here, she urges all of us to take up the mantle, with actions big and small, to continue the fight for justice and equality Megan Rapinoe is one of the world's most talented athletes. But beyond her massive professional success on the soccer field, Rapinoe has become an icon and ally to millions, boldly speaking out on the issues that matter most. In recent years, she's become one of the faces of the equal pay movement and her tireless activism for LGBTQ rights has earned her global support. In One Life, Rapinoe embarks on a thoughtful and unapologetic discussion of social justice and politics. Raised in a conservative small town in northern California, the youngest of six, Rapinoe was four years old when she kicked her first soccer ball. Her parents encouraged her love for the game, but also urged her to volunteer at homeless shelters and food banks. Her passion for community engagement never wavered through high school or college, all the way up to 2016, when 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 social change, both on and off the field. Using anecdotes from her own life and career, from suing the United States Soccer Federation alongside her teammates over gender discrimination to her widely publicized refusal to visit the White House, Rapinoe discusses the obligation we all have to speak up, and reveals the impact each of us can have on our communities. As she declared during the soccer team's victory parade in New York in 2019, "[T]his is everybody's responsibility, every single person here, every single person who is not here, every single person who doesn't want to be here, every single person who agrees and doesn't agree.... It takes everybody. This is my charge to everybody. Do what you can. Do what you have to do. Step outside yourself. Be more. Be better. Be bigger than you've ever been before."


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Megan Rapinoe, Olympic gold medalist and two-time Women's World Cup champion, has become a galvanizing force for social change; here, she urges all of us to take up the mantle, with actions big and small, to continue the fight for justice and equality Megan Rapinoe is one of the world's most talented athletes. But beyond her massive professional success on the soccer field, Megan Rapinoe, Olympic gold medalist and two-time Women's World Cup champion, has become a galvanizing force for social change; here, she urges all of us to take up the mantle, with actions big and small, to continue the fight for justice and equality Megan Rapinoe is one of the world's most talented athletes. But beyond her massive professional success on the soccer field, Rapinoe has become an icon and ally to millions, boldly speaking out on the issues that matter most. In recent years, she's become one of the faces of the equal pay movement and her tireless activism for LGBTQ rights has earned her global support. In One Life, Rapinoe embarks on a thoughtful and unapologetic discussion of social justice and politics. Raised in a conservative small town in northern California, the youngest of six, Rapinoe was four years old when she kicked her first soccer ball. Her parents encouraged her love for the game, but also urged her to volunteer at homeless shelters and food banks. Her passion for community engagement never wavered through high school or college, all the way up to 2016, when 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 social change, both on and off the field. Using anecdotes from her own life and career, from suing the United States Soccer Federation alongside her teammates over gender discrimination to her widely publicized refusal to visit the White House, Rapinoe discusses the obligation we all have to speak up, and reveals the impact each of us can have on our communities. As she declared during the soccer team's victory parade in New York in 2019, "[T]his is everybody's responsibility, every single person here, every single person who is not here, every single person who doesn't want to be here, every single person who agrees and doesn't agree.... It takes everybody. This is my charge to everybody. Do what you can. Do what you have to do. Step outside yourself. Be more. Be better. Be bigger than you've ever been before."

30 review for One Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brandice

    One Life is Megan Rapinoe’s memoir. More than a badass soccer player and champion, Megan has become known for her activism — She is informed and unapologetic. She has recognized her privilege and works to use it to help others, whether it’s fighting for LGBTQ rights, racial justice, or equal pay for women. Megan was raised in a big family in a small, conservative town in Northern California. She discusses her childhood, her family, her love of soccer, other activities she was involved in before One Life is Megan Rapinoe’s memoir. More than a badass soccer player and champion, Megan has become known for her activism — She is informed and unapologetic. She has recognized her privilege and works to use it to help others, whether it’s fighting for LGBTQ rights, racial justice, or equal pay for women. Megan was raised in a big family in a small, conservative town in Northern California. She discusses her childhood, her family, her love of soccer, other activities she was involved in before her athletic career took off, as well as her love life. Though I love many sports, I was never much of a soccer fan. I did watch the 2015 and 2019 World Cup games, in which the U.S. Women’s Team won gold. It’s frustrating that even in the world of professional sports, bursting with cash, there is a blatant pay gap, especially in U.S. soccer where the women’s team is, and has been, far more successful than the men’s team in recent years — I share all this to say, you don’t need to be a soccer fan to enjoy this book, it’s about more. I listened to the audiobook of One Life in one sitting on a road trip. It’s narrated by Megan and I appreciate the enthusiasm and emotion she brought to the book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nadia

    I was prepared to like this book, but not as much as I did. Because for the all the "Go Gays!" and soccer highlights I expected, what I didn't expect was for Rapinoe to tackle issues of racial injustice, poverty, incarceration, politics, activism, feminism, equity, and the power of celebrity. Perhaps that's my own failing, for not being as familiar with her role as an activist, but I found she addressed every topic with tact and compassion, managing to convey the salient points without condescen I was prepared to like this book, but not as much as I did. Because for the all the "Go Gays!" and soccer highlights I expected, what I didn't expect was for Rapinoe to tackle issues of racial injustice, poverty, incarceration, politics, activism, feminism, equity, and the power of celebrity. Perhaps that's my own failing, for not being as familiar with her role as an activist, but I found she addressed every topic with tact and compassion, managing to convey the salient points without condescending to a readership that perhaps won't be as versed in those topics as she is (or I am). Her strength as a writer (and while some credit here may go to Emma Brockes, whose own memoir I quite enjoyed - I think this is mostly Rapinoe's doing) lies in the fact that she addresses her privilege not as a means to avoid having the conversation, as I feel is often done by white people (in a "I'm white and have privilege, there I've said it, now let's move on as though I've actually interrogated the way those things have affected what you're going to read here" kind of way), but as an entry point to amplify the issues. As a white woman celebrity, she has a box that others don't always have access to stand on. And the fact that she is able both to address that box, speak from it, but also acknowledge that it's her responsibility to allows others to step up onto it as well, was a subtle needle to thread, but is done well. Throughout, you remember that for all of her privilege, she is also an out lesbian woman in the public eye, who is politically vocal (I'm not going to say controversial, because I don't think her points are, or should be considered so), and suffers the consequences of speaking from that space. Okay, that was perhaps a lot just to say that I really liked this book. Like really. For all the ways it addresses real issues, for the insight into Megan's own life and process, for the drama of being a professional soccer player who is undervalued in the sports world, and of course for the gays. Go Gays! (https://www.glbtrt.ala.org/reviews/bo...)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jenny (Reading Envy)

    I am not the audience for this book as I'm not really that impressed by or interested in sportsing, much less women's soccer, haha. But I tend to like to listen to accounts from people who are the best, and Megan Rapinoe will not hesitate to tell you she is! I probably appreciated the social justice pieces of this the most - the cost of being out at the Olympics, the cost of a kneel, etc. I had a copy from the publisher as an eBook but ended up listening to the audio since it was read by the auth I am not the audience for this book as I'm not really that impressed by or interested in sportsing, much less women's soccer, haha. But I tend to like to listen to accounts from people who are the best, and Megan Rapinoe will not hesitate to tell you she is! I probably appreciated the social justice pieces of this the most - the cost of being out at the Olympics, the cost of a kneel, etc. I had a copy from the publisher as an eBook but ended up listening to the audio since it was read by the author. This is somehow the second book this year I've read where the author had dated Abby Wambach. This came out November 10.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sage

    I stan Megan Rapinoe and this memoir was a delight. So many of the games that Megan recapped here, (well, mid-2000s to present) I remember watching with my family and cheering the USWNT on. I love that she is using her privilege to lift up others, and teaching and inspiring people to do the same. I LOVED that not only was the book about her life and her personal journey thus far, but also about racism, prison reform, equal pay and other important (and timely!) issues that impact every American o I stan Megan Rapinoe and this memoir was a delight. So many of the games that Megan recapped here, (well, mid-2000s to present) I remember watching with my family and cheering the USWNT on. I love that she is using her privilege to lift up others, and teaching and inspiring people to do the same. I LOVED that not only was the book about her life and her personal journey thus far, but also about racism, prison reform, equal pay and other important (and timely!) issues that impact every American on a daily basis. That was expertly woven in to every part of the book. My mind was blown that Megan dated Abby Wambach (another one of my loves!) — talk about a USWNT power couple!! But THE CHAPTERS WITH SUE had me heart eyes emoji-ing (is that a word? Well, I made it one!) forever. They are truly an iconic couple and both equally amazing in their own right. That Sports Illustrated spread was LEGENDARY. I love that Megan is informed, politically active, unapologetic, and she just seems like a really kickass person that would be so much fun to hang out with! Also, again, SHAME ON U.S. SOCCER for screwing around the USWNT and not immediately paying the team equally (and retroactively). Such bullshit. PAY👏🏻THEM👏🏻

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shari Suarez

    We all know Megan Rapinoe as the star soccer player with the pink hair. She's so much more than that as this book proves. She covers her childhood and family life unflinchingly. She also talks candidly about her soccer career including her relationship with FIFA and the fight over equal pay with the men. The part that impressed me the most was her activist work. She talks about using her privilege and platform to help others and how you can do that thoughtfully. We all know Megan Rapinoe as the star soccer player with the pink hair. She's so much more than that as this book proves. She covers her childhood and family life unflinchingly. She also talks candidly about her soccer career including her relationship with FIFA and the fight over equal pay with the men. The part that impressed me the most was her activist work. She talks about using her privilege and platform to help others and how you can do that thoughtfully.

  6. 4 out of 5

    El

    4.5. May god someday bless me with the self-confidence of Megan Rapinoe, I truly envy it. Ugh she’s so good and non-apologetic and knows what she’s worth!!! Give me that energy!!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Maia

    This is a fantastic memoir. I listened to it as an audiobook on the strength of knowing only that Megan Rapinoe is queer and seemed cool. She is much more than that. She's had over a decade long career of playing at the very highest level of women's soccer, winning multiple world championships. Along the way she has been passionately advocating for acceptance of LGBTQ athletes, equal pay for women, and for Black Lives Matter. She is four years older than I am, so perhaps it isn't surprising that This is a fantastic memoir. I listened to it as an audiobook on the strength of knowing only that Megan Rapinoe is queer and seemed cool. She is much more than that. She's had over a decade long career of playing at the very highest level of women's soccer, winning multiple world championships. Along the way she has been passionately advocating for acceptance of LGBTQ athletes, equal pay for women, and for Black Lives Matter. She is four years older than I am, so perhaps it isn't surprising that she had her political awakening earlier than I did. It's such a fierce joy to hear her talk about standing up for what she believes in over and over and over again.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Molli B.

    I had been eyeing this and had it on my TBR, but I hadn't planned to read it as soon as it came out. But then GR sent me an email saying it was available, and I read the sample, and a few hours later, I was done. Very good. Very interesting. Quick. Enjoyable. Timely. Well written. It really covers her whole life—growing up a twin, growing up in a big family, growing up with a family member with addiction troubles, growing up as a kid who'd always had athletic talent. We see her progress from play I had been eyeing this and had it on my TBR, but I hadn't planned to read it as soon as it came out. But then GR sent me an email saying it was available, and I read the sample, and a few hours later, I was done. Very good. Very interesting. Quick. Enjoyable. Timely. Well written. It really covers her whole life—growing up a twin, growing up in a big family, growing up with a family member with addiction troubles, growing up as a kid who'd always had athletic talent. We see her progress from playing on a boys' team when she was 6 all the way up to preparing for the 2020 Olympics :\. And as I read in a couple of places beforehand, a good deal of the book is dedicated to Megan talking about how she uses the platform her sport has given her to be vocal about LGBT, pay, and racial equality, plus other "political" issues. It's all woven together very well—her life and her politics are all discussed as a fluid thing, rather than the first half being about her growing up and the second half about her politics, or anything like that. It was an easy book to consume, which you can't say for a lot of books that have a non-zero amount of "political" discussion. I highlighted so many passages—she talks about so many things that resonated with me. And none of it is really groundbreaking (well, I guess that depends on who you talk to and listen to!), but it's still nice to hear this: "Part of the problem for women is that when it comes to asking for raises, we've been socialized to not make 'selfish' demands. We can advocate for our families, or in the service of a cause or campaign, but if we're simply asking for more money on our own behalf and because we have the temerity to believe we deserve it, we are liable to be called greedy. And the problem doesn't end when we have the money; we are also supposed to feel bad about spending it." Yes! Times a million. She talks about kneeling at a game in 2016 and the huge amount of flack she took—including basically being frozen out of the USWNT by her coach. All of it is really interesting and so relevant. Anyway, I highly recommend this. It's got everything: sports, politics, gays, twins, the whole thing. I've actually never read a book like this in which I've agreed almost 100% with everything said. But I think even if you don't wholly agree, you'll learn something, and at the very least be exposed to someone else's well-reasoned opinions. The world really needs more voices like this, and I'm so happy this book is actually good. Tons of credit to Emma Brockes, who I assume is responsible for making it such a well-told, well-written, and cohesive book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    I grabbed this one from my library's website with a vague clue who Megan was, women's soccer player, gay, and fighting for things. I don't watch soccer, but thought I remembered her fighting to get more pay for the women. This one entertained and educated me. I liked hearing about her early soccer days and how things went for her when she started to get better and be a "somebody" on the national stage. I liked that she took advantage if her fame to highlight things that need to be changed in the I grabbed this one from my library's website with a vague clue who Megan was, women's soccer player, gay, and fighting for things. I don't watch soccer, but thought I remembered her fighting to get more pay for the women. This one entertained and educated me. I liked hearing about her early soccer days and how things went for her when she started to get better and be a "somebody" on the national stage. I liked that she took advantage if her fame to highlight things that need to be changed in the world. It makes sense that she started with LGTB rights, but I found it very interesting how it translated to supporting Colin Kapernick, when not many others were. Interesting too the back lash that she recieved from the public and within the soccer powers that be. Her little battle with Trump made me laugh, I wouldn't have gone either, he's everything she fights against. And like everyone else Covid is stopping her. She finally got the soccer powers to be to discuss more money, but it hinged on the Tokyo Olympics and with the games pushed to 2021 and Covid still out of control in the US, who knows if they will even happen.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amy Liu

    Major takeaway from Megan's book is that everyone has a voice even if we don't have a massive platform so use it and speak up! You don't have to be a superstar to make an impact or a difference. Every little action you take counts. Some of my favorite quotes from the book include: "This is a nebulous part of the problem: Female athletes, in my experience, are paid for what we've already done, while men are paid for what they could do in the future. We have to prove ourselves; they only have to sh Major takeaway from Megan's book is that everyone has a voice even if we don't have a massive platform so use it and speak up! You don't have to be a superstar to make an impact or a difference. Every little action you take counts. Some of my favorite quotes from the book include: "This is a nebulous part of the problem: Female athletes, in my experience, are paid for what we've already done, while men are paid for what they could do in the future. We have to prove ourselves; they only have to show promise." "When I say something 'rude', I think about who I am saying it for, not who I am saying it to." I wished I bookmarked more quotes of the book but I might have to go back and look for them. I wished there was more tea about Sue but it's ok LOL.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I enjoyed this book. What is obvious about Megan and reiterated in this book, is that she is unapologetic about what she deserves while simultaneously being an advocate for making sure others get what they deserve. It shouldn't be radical to ask for what you want, but women are still "frowned upon" for being too bold, too assertive, and too confident. As someone not known for being shy, I still found her audacity to be refreshing and a good reminder to not let antiquated social norms hold you ba I enjoyed this book. What is obvious about Megan and reiterated in this book, is that she is unapologetic about what she deserves while simultaneously being an advocate for making sure others get what they deserve. It shouldn't be radical to ask for what you want, but women are still "frowned upon" for being too bold, too assertive, and too confident. As someone not known for being shy, I still found her audacity to be refreshing and a good reminder to not let antiquated social norms hold you back from both your own needs and those of others being silenced, bullied, and held down.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    My first audiobook of 2021 did not disappoint. I listened to this in one sitting, and it's definitely high up there on my list of favorite celebrity memoirs now. I HIGHLY recommend this one on audio. Megan Rapinoe is a great narrator with such a great story to tell. If I liked Megan Rapinoe before, I am a STAN now. She talks about so much more than just her life and her soccer career. In her introduction, she mentions that she's using this book as an opportunity to discuss bigger topics, and she My first audiobook of 2021 did not disappoint. I listened to this in one sitting, and it's definitely high up there on my list of favorite celebrity memoirs now. I HIGHLY recommend this one on audio. Megan Rapinoe is a great narrator with such a great story to tell. If I liked Megan Rapinoe before, I am a STAN now. She talks about so much more than just her life and her soccer career. In her introduction, she mentions that she's using this book as an opportunity to discuss bigger topics, and she does just that. She discusses LGBTQIA rights, her personal journey, systemic racism, the prison system, equal pay, intersectionality, the opioid crisis and so much more. I cannot recommend this enough. If you're looking for a good audiobook, definitely check this one out.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Laura I.

    This is a mix of things, some of which I appreciated more than others. I always find the childhood and early teen portions of famous people’s memoirs to be a bit repetitive/uninteresting, although the stuff about Rapinoe’s brother was really interesting (& upsetting). I followed the 2019 World Cup and the time since so closely that there honestly wasn’t much new there, although she’s good at describing the vibe, the crowd feel, etc of a game as well as the play-by-play. Most interesting to me we This is a mix of things, some of which I appreciated more than others. I always find the childhood and early teen portions of famous people’s memoirs to be a bit repetitive/uninteresting, although the stuff about Rapinoe’s brother was really interesting (& upsetting). I followed the 2019 World Cup and the time since so closely that there honestly wasn’t much new there, although she’s good at describing the vibe, the crowd feel, etc of a game as well as the play-by-play. Most interesting to me were probably the most disparate elements — the early career and dating stuff (yes, she talks about the Wambach breakup and has some choice words to say about OL and Jill Ellis), and the social justice stuff. Definitely the most interesting and valuable thing this book does is serve as a call to action, and although I expected/hoped for that, I was still really impressed. Overall, I definitely recommend it!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hill Krishnan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. One Life—Megan Rapinoe 1. In the beginning of the book she said the most powerful line of the book: When you stand up for others it makes it easier to stand up for yourself. 2. In my opinion if you stand up for one cause you are in purpose. But she stood up for 3 things and become a legend: 1) Racial Equality; 2) Gay Rights; 3) Gender Equal Pay! 3. In the book she talked about her brother becoming a heroine addict and ending up in st. Quentin prison and came out as a white supremacist with a swasti One Life—Megan Rapinoe 1. In the beginning of the book she said the most powerful line of the book: When you stand up for others it makes it easier to stand up for yourself. 2. In my opinion if you stand up for one cause you are in purpose. But she stood up for 3 things and become a legend: 1) Racial Equality; 2) Gay Rights; 3) Gender Equal Pay! 3. In the book she talked about her brother becoming a heroine addict and ending up in st. Quentin prison and came out as a white supremacist with a swastika tattooed in his arm. What she didn’t explore is what kind of impact that had in her standing up for black rights. 4. Moments of goosebumps: 1) When she scores a goal against France and looks into the crowd going wild by asking “Are you not entertained?” (Lines from gladiator); 2) When she wins the game and the entire crowd chanting equal pay!! 😢 3) When she kneels for American National anthem in solidarity with Colin (when most white athletes don’t) she gets death threats and even when her mom asks is there another way she can support the cause, Megan doesn’t back down. 5. Openness: 1) She said her 2018 income was just $500,000 when male International athletes of her stature gets paid in millions. 2) Gay lifestyle of her fellow athletes during the days of training breaks. 6. Acknowledging sacrifice: She acknowledges how her blue collar working mom drives her and her sister to training from her age of 6 to 17 with very little sleep and knowing the fact that 99.99% of these players will not become professional. 7. What infuriated me: Despite higher viewership and revenue for the women’s team the soccer federation continued to underpay women. When Megan filed a lawsuit the federation said the men athletes have more responsibilities than women athletes have! REALLY? 8. IT IS ONE LIFE & She is using it brilliantly!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    It should come as a surprise to no one that I adore Megan Rapinoe. She’s a badass and a hero and everything that she should be. One Life reveals that she has always been these things and has not ever been shy to embrace them. And recently she has channeled these qualities into activism and has become a force on the side of good. Hers is a special journey, and I enjoyed the way she and her co-writer captured that journey. I love that she’s not finished and may never be finished until we achieve t It should come as a surprise to no one that I adore Megan Rapinoe. She’s a badass and a hero and everything that she should be. One Life reveals that she has always been these things and has not ever been shy to embrace them. And recently she has channeled these qualities into activism and has become a force on the side of good. Hers is a special journey, and I enjoyed the way she and her co-writer captured that journey. I love that she’s not finished and may never be finished until we achieve the kind of equality that as a nation we have always pretended to espouse. She and Sue, whose coupling may be the greatest achievement of all lesbiankind, have a permanent invitation to my home—I will even cook and purchase the most expensive beer and ice cream.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Annikky

    4.5 So enjoyable. And I recommend the audiobook in this case.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Birch

    Loved the audiobook and hearing Megan’s own experience with matches and events I was already familiar with. Goosebumps while listening to her replays of some major matches and remember where I was during them. The inside perspective on her activism was also *chefs kiss*

  18. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    While this started out a bit bland, it really grew on me as Megan tackled topics of pay equity, anti-racism, and LGBTQ visibility/equality. I've been somewhat aware of her activism, but this memoir filled in a lot of the blanks. There is a pretty modest amount of juicy gossip. Overall, would recommend; Megan reads the audio herself, and if you listen at 1.5x it's only maybe a 5 hour listen. LFG. “Female athletes are paid for what we have already done, while men are paid for what they could do in While this started out a bit bland, it really grew on me as Megan tackled topics of pay equity, anti-racism, and LGBTQ visibility/equality. I've been somewhat aware of her activism, but this memoir filled in a lot of the blanks. There is a pretty modest amount of juicy gossip. Overall, would recommend; Megan reads the audio herself, and if you listen at 1.5x it's only maybe a 5 hour listen. LFG. “Female athletes are paid for what we have already done, while men are paid for what they could do in the future. We have to prove ourselves. They only have to show promise. And then, when we outperform expectations we are asked, "Well, are you gonna do it again?" We are always playing catch up.”

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    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 format and I’m looking forward to listening to 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 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 format and I’m looking forward to listening to 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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Pomerantz

    I love Pinoe and appreciate this book but it was definitely not written for me (a long time, dedicated fan). Rather, I suspect it was written for all of the people who have latched on to her since last summer. It was very much a summary of her highs and lows so none of it was new to me. I did appreciate hearing what she had to say about her various coaches though.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Robyn Hammontree

    I’ll give this one the greatest compliment I can give any book: this book made me want to be braver, and reminded me that I have always had the capacity to do so.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Murphy Moroney Ryan

    Truly an amazing book, one of the best I’ve read this year.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joy Messinger

    [4 stars] A straightforward memoir in which Megan Rapinoe recounts her childhood, early career, and rise to global sports stardom through the lenses of family, advocacy, and soccer. I was familiar with some of the content, having casually followed her for the past decade-ish, so the book was very much what I’d expected and similar to other athlete memoirs I’ve read. She also offers up additional reflections on key games, the USWNT pay equity fight, her rocky relationship with former USWNT coach [4 stars] A straightforward memoir in which Megan Rapinoe recounts her childhood, early career, and rise to global sports stardom through the lenses of family, advocacy, and soccer. I was familiar with some of the content, having casually followed her for the past decade-ish, so the book was very much what I’d expected and similar to other athlete memoirs I’ve read. She also offers up additional reflections on key games, the USWNT pay equity fight, her rocky relationship with former USWNT coach Jill Ellis, and her political awakening. Readers who aren’t currently but want to be more connected to social justice activism may find a blueprint in her pathway, as someone who wasn’t raised in a particularly politically active environment but found her way there through education, reflection, and self-awareness. I can always do without overt nationalism but also knew it would be there (and admittedly, I joke that the only time I celebrate anything USA-related is when the USWNT plays). Recommended if you’re looking for a read with a sprinkling of vulnerability and social issues alongside its celebrity timeline, a conversational tone that reads like The Players Tribune, or some dishy lesbian dating stories to simultaneously give you a laugh, make you roll your eyes, and cleanse your palate after the hot mess that was Happiest Season. Goodreads Challenge: 90/90 (woot met my goal!)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Raye

    I received a signed copy of One Life for Christmas. It was on my wish list, not because I like soccer, but because when I saw Rapinoe run off the soccer field, with pink hair, and lift her arms up in a pose worthy of Wonder Woman herself, I thought, “I need to know more about her.” This book definitely helped me understand her as a person, activist, and athlete. I enjoyed this book. She has done quite a bit with her One Life. Even people like me who know nothing about sports will enjoy this book. I received a signed copy of One Life for Christmas. It was on my wish list, not because I like soccer, but because when I saw Rapinoe run off the soccer field, with pink hair, and lift her arms up in a pose worthy of Wonder Woman herself, I thought, “I need to know more about her.” This book definitely helped me understand her as a person, activist, and athlete. I enjoyed this book. She has done quite a bit with her One Life. Even people like me who know nothing about sports will enjoy this book. Yes, she speaks about sports, but in an inclusive way, not using jargon or endless talk of plays that would exclude someone like me. She admitted to, and even called others to, participate in activism, fight injustice, and stand up against racial inequity from a place of privilege. I was happy to hear this. She truly is inspiring. As a queer woman, I was also proud of her representation of the LGBTQ+ community. A straight person would walk away from this book with a realistic understanding of “gayness.” And let’s be honest, possibly a bit of a crush - but perhaps, that’s just me! A good read overall. I will definitely pay attention to women’s soccer more and help her and others push towards equality in pay. I wish many other athletes would follow her lead and use their position of power and privilege to speak up about systemic racism in our country!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Mester

    An excellent audio read by Pinoe herself. Not a slight to her, but she's not a writer by trade, so I was expecting to like this but I was not expecting to be blown away by the book overall. Joke's on me because this was such an impressive piece of writing. Liz and I listened to it together and had to keep pausing to talk about events we remembered but also about how good the writing was or how she perfectly grew the story from the seeds she had been planting. The whole thing is structurally impr An excellent audio read by Pinoe herself. Not a slight to her, but she's not a writer by trade, so I was expecting to like this but I was not expecting to be blown away by the book overall. Joke's on me because this was such an impressive piece of writing. Liz and I listened to it together and had to keep pausing to talk about events we remembered but also about how good the writing was or how she perfectly grew the story from the seeds she had been planting. The whole thing is structurally impressive. She also does a great job conveying her advocacy and activism points in a way that acknowledges and works through her privilege but also weaves these ideas organically into her stories without feeling like they're didactic lessons to the audience or lowering the complexity of the ideas for readers newer to this work. Perfect tone and balance, one of my favorite reads this year and one that should have a massively wide audience.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Roemer

    We STAN even more than before!! One of my new fave celeb memoirs for sure. She doesn’t just rant about her life like a lot of famous people use their books to do, but she uses it as an opportunity to speak about intersectionality, equal pay, LGBTQIA rights, systemic racism, etc. I also love love loved hearing about her love story with Sue Bird. I’m going to leave you with some of my favorite quotes from the book in hopes that you’ll read it! “If you’re feeling uncomfortable about speaking out abo We STAN even more than before!! One of my new fave celeb memoirs for sure. She doesn’t just rant about her life like a lot of famous people use their books to do, but she uses it as an opportunity to speak about intersectionality, equal pay, LGBTQIA rights, systemic racism, etc. I also love love loved hearing about her love story with Sue Bird. I’m going to leave you with some of my favorite quotes from the book in hopes that you’ll read it! “If you’re feeling uncomfortable about speaking out about something, instead of doing it for yourself, do it for someone else” “I’m opting out of mandatory gratitude” “If you elect a President on the basis of his attacks against one group of people, it ends up being bad for us all. I don’t know if everyone understood at the time that when Trump denigrated women, immigrants, or the differently abled, on the campaign trail, it wasn’t just a joke, those words mattered. To those people who said ‘we’ll see how he does in office’ fine. But we, gay people, black people, people with disabilities, the vulnerable, all of us fucking knew what was going to happen.”

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sean

    I knew a little about Rapinoe going into the memoir, but I’ve left respecting her even more. I admire her courage and her dedication to use her platform to discuss racism, homophobia, inequality and justice. This is a great book and an important reminder that silence is not an acceptable response in the face of injustice. It also provides insights into the game and her upbringing/personal life. Listened on Libby.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Allie Scac

    This book was EVERYTHING I could hope for from such strong celebrity activist. Soccer is the one sport my dad and I can bond over. Taking him to games and cheering on the woman’s team, seeing so many powerful female athletes and little girls in the stands wearing their shirts filled me with emotion. I loved that team. For everything they represented and could be. Megan Rapinoe is one of the more outspoken ones, and her activism and dedication to standing up for what she believes is right is awe- This book was EVERYTHING I could hope for from such strong celebrity activist. Soccer is the one sport my dad and I can bond over. Taking him to games and cheering on the woman’s team, seeing so many powerful female athletes and little girls in the stands wearing their shirts filled me with emotion. I loved that team. For everything they represented and could be. Megan Rapinoe is one of the more outspoken ones, and her activism and dedication to standing up for what she believes is right is awe-inspiring. Not only did she recap her youth and the journey from her early challenges to professional success on the field, but important issues such as incarceration, racial injustices, politics, and gender equality that we are facing today. She even said teachers should be paid more. I felt as if she was speaking to me. To all of us, encouraging us to ignite our own flames of activism and Stand up for what we believe in too. Her discussion of past world cups and games and other key players was also a highlight for me. 5/5

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sara I

    I never imagined that I—an avid and nearly exclusive fiction-learning reader—would be brought out of my reading slump with a nonfiction book, but here we are. This memoir offers peak into Megan's life and that of a world famous soccer player. Having watched and celebrated with the USWNT in 2019, I was familiar with Megan and some of the larger events she played a role in but I was easily sucked in to learning more and particularly hearing her experiences with the general public and organizations I never imagined that I—an avid and nearly exclusive fiction-learning reader—would be brought out of my reading slump with a nonfiction book, but here we are. This memoir offers peak into Megan's life and that of a world famous soccer player. Having watched and celebrated with the USWNT in 2019, I was familiar with Megan and some of the larger events she played a role in but I was easily sucked in to learning more and particularly hearing her experiences with the general public and organizations and people in high positions of the soccer world reacted to her activism. I appreciated how intentional Megan was with highlighting her own privilege and how she was open about how she further educated herself when she simply was unfamiliar with something. This book made me admire Rapinoe more than I already did after getting a glimpse deeper into her life and hearing her own accounts of the battle for equal pay and more LGBT+ visibility within the sports world and then most recently in speaking out for Black Lives Matter. These pieces of her life were blended together beautifully through her direct and genuine writing to further support her message on the power and usefulness of intersectionality as an obvious next step for everyone's activism and values.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sandi

    What an unflinchingly honest and uplifting book to read in the midst of a pandemic and following a wrenching political season that may continue for the next months while Covid continues to ravage the world. This November 2020 I desperately needed a book to challenge me and remind me that ONE LIFE lived well, faced with courage as well as daring can raise us all up. Megan Rapinoe has used her voice and her sterling soccer career as a platform calling out for justice and equality. Thank you, Megan, What an unflinchingly honest and uplifting book to read in the midst of a pandemic and following a wrenching political season that may continue for the next months while Covid continues to ravage the world. This November 2020 I desperately needed a book to challenge me and remind me that ONE LIFE lived well, faced with courage as well as daring can raise us all up. Megan Rapinoe has used her voice and her sterling soccer career as a platform calling out for justice and equality. Thank you, Megan, for being a warrior! To my joy this book while steeped in soccer was multifaceted and dealt with the nitty gritty of life, decisions, love, victories, stumbles and the unfinished work of change. Just by the way.... while this entire book spoke to me “be brave and speak out” I was particularly touched by Megan’s aunt Wendy asking for a pay raise at a university. Somehow those short paragraphs of a woman my age speaking out and risking employment made me so proud of young women leading the way and having loud voices. And I want speak out more honestly with greater volume against injustice. Kudos to Aunt Wendy for absorbing the larger fight Megan Rapinoe represents for all of us!

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