Book Review: Forward


Soccer super star Abby Wambach has written a touching and tender memoir. I went into this book knowing very little about Abby outside of her success as a soccer player and her marriage to author Glennon Doyle, therefor this book almost read like fiction. I was eager to find out what happened next and to get to know the author and absolutely flew through this book.

Forward is a sober and sensitive look into the life of someone who’s greatest successes and failures have been lived out in the public eye. Abby tells her stories through a series of names that she has been called. Told in chronological order, each chapter is titled one of these names, both the good (hero, role model, champion) and the bad (addict, head case, failure).

At a young age I learned that you own labels by defying them, and defy them by owning them. I know that the final word on me will be one that I choose.
— Forward; Page 77.

Throughout the entire story Abby is honest and vulnerable in a way that is endearing with out being overwhelming. For someone who is not a writer by trade, I found this book to be incredibly well written. I don’t think you need to be a fan of Wambach or soccer to enjoy this book. (Although it definitely did make me wish I pay more attention to the sport.)

If you enjoy reading about the lives of people in the public eye, or memoirs of any kind, I think this book would be an excellent choice. Additionally, the audiobook is well done and read by the author.

Rating: 4/5

For fans of: Seeing behind the curtain of the life of a “successful” person; sports and competition.