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 Previously indefatigable Maddy became withdrawn, and her thoughts centered on how she could change her life.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


Lola rated it ★★★★☆

December 25, 2017

Maddy: Do u like this enough to Insta? Madison Holleran committed suicide on January 17th, 2014. In this book, Kate Fagan sheds light on this dark event. Why would an Ivy League student who is beautiful, bright and athletic and seems to have it all want to take her own life? When I read the title f...

La Petite Américaine rated it ★★★★★

December 09, 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...

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...

Jenny rated it ★★★☆☆

October 05, 2017

I read this quickly since it was an engaging read. However, I found the structure wonky and I could care less about the author's narrative and story. It felt clunky and I would've appreciated a more seamless transition from Maddy's story to the whole world view to the limited amount of the author...

Amy's Book Reviews rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 26, 2017

In 2014, Maddy Holleran, a freshman track star at the University of Pennsylvania commits suicide. Sportswriter Kate Fagan, a former college athlete, sees herself in Maddy and tries to deconstruct what made the promising young woman kill herself. Interviewing family, friends and coaches Fagan tries...

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...

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...

Sharon rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 09, 2017

The title of the book "What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen" implies that the pages within contain the story behind the sudden death of a bright and accomplished young woman. Unfortunately, the author spent too much time talking about herself and neve...

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...

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