Thursday, January 28, 2021

One Life

 One Life 

Author: Megan Rapinoe

Publisher: Penguin Press

Year: 2020

Woke up this morning to a little snow here on the Outer Banks of NC. Snow on the beach doesn’t happen here very often. ❄️

US National Women’s Soccer Team superstar Megan Rapinoe discusses her childhood, love of the game, sexuality, rise to fame, and activism in this thoughtful autobiography. 

Rapinoe recounts her childhood in the small conservative Northern California town of Redding. She’s from a large and boisterous family with supportive and loving parents. Megan and her twin sister both excelled at sports from an early age and both loved soccer. Megan doesn’t sugar coat her family. She discusses h er older brother Brian’s battle with addiction and his arrests and prison time. 

Soccer opened many doors for her and gave her a path of college and then the chance to play around the world for the US women’s team. Rapinoe has had a long and successful soccer career and this book could have really gotten bogged down in stats and the minutia of every game she every played in. But she sticks to the bare minimum when describing a playing season and games. As a casual fan, I really appreciated that! And it helped the narrative move swiftly. 

She’s candid about her sexuality and discusses how she came out to her mother and then her decision to be an openly gay athlete on the world’s largest stage. She credits Colin Kaepernick’s protest for social justice for inspiring her to speak out more for equality not only for the LGBTQ community, but also for gender and income equality, social justice, prison reform, and BLM. 

I liked Rapinoe’s no holes barred and breezy conversational tone. This was a quick and entertaining read for me. I think even the most casual fan can enjoy Rapinoe’s journey and her message of empowerment and being true to yourself. 

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