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Breakaway: Beyond the Goal Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-05-07 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 68 user ratings
ISBN:1481451073
LANGUAGE:English

"We have a group of soccer devotees at school and each of them has devoured Morgan's biography and the entire Kicks series. I picked up a copy for school, then realized many libraries have it under YA. I was curious to see what led to that distinction, and had promised the girls that I would get to it this summer.

I liked getting to know Morgan better - she is relentlessly positive and also honest about times where she's come up short. Each chapter ended with a life lesson and advice for others. The reading level is low enough for my on-or-above grade level students in the higher grades to grasp. As for YA content, there are some situations where the advice is just better geared towards those at a more mature place in life but it still does work for all ages.
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" This book was inspiring! It had so many true things about life and a lot of life lessons!! Alex Morgan did a great job on this book!!If you want to read more by her you need to read the kicks series! they are now one of my favorite series! " said.

"Breakaway: Beyond the Goal, an autobiography by Alex Morgan is about the life of Alex Morgan. Alex Morgan is a famous soccer player and she currently plays for the US National Women’s Soccer team. This book talks about the struggles Alex Morgan had when becoming the great soccer player she is today. She got hurt very often, but she learned resilience. I liked this book because I found it very inspiring. However, at times in the book I got kind of bored. I think if you don’t know the sport of soccer very well, it would be very hard to follow and understand this book. I think if you enjoy the sport of soccer, or need something inspiring to read, this book would be a good choice for you. If you liked this book, I think you would like I Am Malala by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai because they are both very inspiring. I think one very important theme of this book is to never give up. At times, she felt like she wanted to quit soccer. But she persevered, and look where she is today. All in all, I’d rate this book four stars because it was hard to follow at times.
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"A cute book for elementary-middle school age girls. Overall, I enjoyed the insights into the National team. However, I felt played when the story ended just months before the 2015 World Cup. The book jacket is misleading and implies that the Cup victory is discussed in the book. Seems like publishing this book to promote the World Cup, took precedence over finishing the story at a logical point. Publisher got my money and will probably get it again when they conveniently and inevitably come out with a second edition or different book that entirely includes the 2015 Cup Victory." said.

"Breakaway by Alex Morgan tells the reader about the ups and downs of this young soccer players life. It is mostly about how she became a soccer player, and how she became the very successful soccer player she is, but it also gives the reader some insight on her personal life. In this book Alex Morgan inspires young kids to shoot for the stars and be better than they were before.

Alex Morgan is a true inspiration and I really enjoy the fact that it is an autobiography. The style of an autobiography makes it so that you feel more connected to her and you feel like she is trying to help you be a better person. I recommend this book to girls who love soccer, but also to girls who don't play soccer because she is teaching you how to be courageous and shoot for what you dream of.
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"Alex Morgan writes a combination memoir / advice book aimed at encouraging teens to pursue their dreams. It's like Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board without the constant references to god.

While some readers may find Alex's tone a little condescending and her advice contradictory at times (you're a winner! except for those times when you aren't!), I think my seventh grade readers will want to read -- and will enjoy -- this book.

First, I have a lot of soccer fans who are coming off of The Keeper: The Unguarded Story of Tim Howard (Young Readers' Edition) UNAand Messi, Neymar, Ronaldo: Head to Head with the World's Greatest Players and want to read something new in soccer athlete biographies.

Second, the chapters are short and are easily skimmable. Morgan summarizes each chapter at the end with a short takeaway lesson, and this textual feature alone is worth the book talk or mini lesson because it teaches students how to skim effectively and how to know what's worth reading and paying attention to.

Third, by the end of the book Morgan really shows her political colors a bit and comes out swinging. She describes the ongoing difficulties of establishing a professional womens' soccer league and the benefits of international collaboration between US, Canada, and Mexico on this level. Secondly, she's on a fight against astroturf given a claimed link to cancers, and apparently men at the World Cup get the luxury of a grass field while the women do not. Who figured that astroturf was such a contentious and contemporary issue?
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"Football is one of my biggest passions...which is why I was beyond shocked when I found out Alex Morgan's memoir was about to come out and I had no idea! In case you don't know, I've been following the USWNT since I was a child. Football was kind of taboo for women when I was younger so I got very attached to the women's team as a way to be like "See? Women are into sports! And they're amazing! Football is not just for boys!"

But anyway, back to Morgan.

Since we're roughly the same age (I'm a year older), I've seen every stage of Alex Morgan's career. I think one of the reasons I'm such a big fan is because I've been able to see her grow into the fantastic player she is today. I remember seeing her explode on the field as a sub and thinking that she was going to be huge one day. I love it when I'm right.

In this book, Morgan takes you on a tour of her very short but thrilling life. In a way, the writing style is very chatty so you feel like you're catching up with a friend. This works really well since this book is aimed at a younger audience. Even though I am familiar with her career, this book provides a fantastic behind-the-scenes look. Morgan also gives the reader a lot of basic but good advice. I took away a lot from this book and I felt very inspired to become a better version of myself.

The release of this book is perfectly timed to coincide with a huge event. Starting June 6, the USWNT are competing in Canada in the hopes of winning the World Cup. You better believe I'll be watching every minute of it.

If you like sports or if you want to support a female athlete, pick up this book! Since Alex mentioned (in great detail) the Olympic match versus Canada, I'm going to spend all afternoon looking for that exhilarating game because:

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"The autobiography Breakaway by Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan writes about her life from the very beginning to the end. She tells the details and does a great job telling about herself in a very interesting way. This book has got me wanting to know more about her, because I am a big soccer player and personally want to be like her when I grow up. She is a great roll model and in the book she gives real pictures of when she was a kid. Alex Morgan is an AMAZING soccer player but also an amazing writer. She has written a couple books about her and a their are a ton about herself. I recommend this book to anyone who loves soccer and Alex Morgan!" said.

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