What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen by Kate Fagan

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Read What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen Online Free - From noted ESPN commentator and journalist Kate Fagan, the heartbreaking and vital story of college athlete Madison Holleran, whose death by suicide rocked the University of Pennsylvania campus and whose life reveals with haunting detail and uncommon understanding the struggle of young people suffering from mental illness today

If you scrolled through the Instagram feed of 19-year-old Maddy Holleran, you would see a perfect life: a freshman at an Ivy League school, recruited for the track team, who was also beautiful, popular, and fiercely intelligent. This was a girl who succeeded at everything she tried, and who was only getting started.

But when Maddy began her long-awaited college career, her parents noticed something changed. Previously indefatigable Maddy became withdrawn, and her thoughts centered on how she could change her life. In spite of thousands of hours of practice and study, she contemplated transferring from the school that had once been her dream. When Maddy's dad, Jim, dropped her off for the first day of spring semester, she held him a second longer than usual. That would be the last time Jim would see his daughter.

WHAT MADE MADDY RUN began as a piece that Kate Fagan, a columnist for espnW, wrote about Maddy's life. What started as a profile of a successful young athlete whose life ended in suicide became so much larger when Fagan started to hear from other college athletes also struggling with mental illness. This is the story of Maddy Holleran's life, and her struggle with depression, which also reveals the mounting pressures young people, and college athletes in particular, face to be perfect, especially in an age of relentless connectivity and social media saturation.

Title : What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen
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ISBN : 0316356549
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


La Petite Américaine rated it ★★★★★

September 24, 2017

The next time you find yourself shocked/stupified/wishing you could bitchslap some obnoxious Millennial, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Kate Fagan's What Made Maddy Run The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen: it won't make you want to bitchslap them any less, but...

Mila rated it ★★★★★

August 03, 2017

I had to take some time to collect my thoughts after I finished this book. Heartbreaking. Raw. REAL. This is a book that all college students should read (athlete or not), all parents of college students should read, and all coaches and professors. Kate Fagan did an amazing job at covering this s...

Kristen rated it ★★★★☆

August 27, 2017

"What Made Maddy Run" was an incredibly fast read and I connected with the author's honesty as well as her insight into Maddy. Maddy was a talented, beautiful, athletic and intelligent nineteen-year-old, posting photographs on Instagram, celebrating academic accomplishments, and blessed with many...

Ali rated it ★★★★★

October 14, 2017

I first heard about this book on the "Feel Good Effect Podcast" where the author spoke about a bunch of different topics related to the heartbreaking story of the life of Madison Holleran: social media, perfectionism, college athletics, depression & anxiety, suicide, and transitions (among ot...

Bree rated it ★★★★★

August 20, 2017

Reading this was one of the most eye opening experiences of my life. I listened to it on audible which I highly recommend. The author narrates it herself and did an incredible job. She tells the story of Maddison Holleran-an athlete since she was a little girl who self proclaimed she would go to c...

Meghan rated it ★★★★☆

August 11, 2017

Heartbreaking but important read for everyone but especially parents. My biggest takeaway was: the pressure facing our kids as they prepare for college and beyond is far greater than it was for us 25 years ago. My second takeaway is that it's OK to not be OK, and it's OK to admit that you're not...

twelvejan [Alexandria] rated it ★★★★☆

September 02, 2017

4.5 insightful stars "We're consuming an increasingly filtered world yet walking through our own realities unfiltered." Because I am from a different continent, I didn't know who Madison Holleran was. I was scrolling down TDS FB page and chance upon a short clip of an interview between Trevor N...

Agatha rated it ★★★★★

August 30, 2017

This was, of course, as absolutely brutally heartbreaking as you would expect a book about the suicide of a young woman to be, and Kate Fagan deserves without a doubt all the critical and popular praise she'd receiving for it. I think ultimately it's an important book not because it seeks to unde...

Erin rated it ★★★★☆

August 25, 2017

This in-depth look at a teenage athlete's descent into depression and her eventual suicide is definitely eye-opening. Kate Fagan does an admirable job recounting the many stresses and all-consuming pressure that goes into being an athlete and a student in today's world. Although I was impressed w...

Cathy rated it ★★★☆☆

August 04, 2017

I finished it in one sitting as it is a fast read, but I'm not really sure that it provided much more insight into Madison's death than I had before I read the book. Depression is an awful illness that is so personal and hidden, and it seemed to come on so fast that she was never really able to s...

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