Forward: A Memoir

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Forward is the powerful story of an athlete who has inspired girls all over the world to believe in themselves. Abby shows us by example how to overcome problems and live a happier, braver life." —Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, New York Times Bestselling author of Lean In 

“This is the best memoir I’ve read by an athlete since Andre Agassi’s Open. I could not put it down, and you will not want it to end.”  —Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take

Abby Wambach has always pushed the limits of what is possible. At age seven she was put on the boys’ soccer team. At age thirty-five she would become the highest goal scorer—male or female—in the history of soccer, capturing the nation’s heart with her team’s 2015 World Cup Championship. Called an inspiration and “badass” by President Obama, Abby has become a fierce advocate for women’s rights and equal opportunity, pushing to translate the success of her team to the real world.

As she reveals in this searching memoir, Abby’s professional success often masked her inner struggle to reconcile the various parts of herself: ferocious competitor, daughter, leader, wife. With stunning candor, Abby shares her inspiring and often brutal journey from girl in Rochester, New York, to world-class athlete. Far more than a sports memoir, Forward is gripping tale of resilience and redemption—and a reminder that heroism is, above all, about embracing life’s challenges with fearlessness and heart.

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Title:Forward: A Memoir
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    Forward: A Memoir Reviews

  • Natalie

    My best friend gave me this book as a Christmas present, and I'm so glad she did. I enjoyed reading it, however I can't say I am a bigger fan of AW after reading it. I am not used to reading memoirs, ...

  • Brooke

    This was not the memoir I expected from soccer legend, Abby Wambach. Soccer is front and center yes, but so too is the incredible pressure Wambach put on herself to perform at the highest level and th...

  • Ashley

    I love soccer – I’ve been playing it on and off for 30 years – and I especially love women’s soccer. I went to five World Cup matches up in Vancouver Canada last year, including the final, whe...

  • reading is my hustle

    this is a completely authentic memoir about the personal & professional struggles (triumphs, too!) of abby wambach. also, to date, abby is the highest all-time scorer for men & women. 184 goals. read ...

  • Kathleen

    It's hard to review this book because, even after reading it, I'm extremely biased in Abby's favor. I'm not giving the book 5 stars because it's a great literary read. Nor is it "heartwarming". Instea...

  • Laura Skladzinski

    This book came recommended as a great athlete’s biography for a reading challenge. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to broadening my horizons. Wambach came off as an egotistical jerk in the book, ...

  • elisabeth

    Memoirs are always weird, and this is no exception? Abby Wambach is a Certified Trainwreck....

  • Karen

    I found this book annoying. Not very well written or introspective. While I understand that a person can act like a leader but internally feel unworthy, she describes herself as if being a leader just...

  • Seri Hertel

    Incredibly surprised with her candor in this memoir. I was expecting the usual boring life story kind of bio, but she really exposes herself--both the good and bad parts. I respect her even more after...

  • M

    It's jarring to hear that such a successful athlete had so much turmoil in her personal life. Her doubts and fears coupled with her immense success are reminders that our feelings do not need to dicta...