One Life

One Life

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."

Title:One Life
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781984881168
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    One Life Reviews

  • 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 injusti...

  • 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 bes...

  • 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 tha...

  • 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...

  • 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!!!...

  • 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 caree...

  • 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,...

  • 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 mo...

  • 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...

  • 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...