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 Previously indefatigable Maddy became withdrawn, and her thoughts centered on how she could change her life.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


Emily 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...

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...

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...

Homeschoolmama rated it ★★★★★

August 17, 2017

"We have translated expressions and emotions into emojis, and simply using an emoji seems to tell the recipient that all is okay. The inclusion of even one of those animated faces signals ease and lightness, regardless of what emotion the emoji represents, even if it represents crying... Very l...

La Petite Américaine rated it ★★★★★

August 16, 2017

Tempted to hammer out a review on my phone...whatever, it can wait til tomorrow. So, review pending. In the meantime, buy a copy of this book right now and read it. Kate Fagan didnan excellent job with this... More soon. LPA

Heather rated it ★★★★★

August 13, 2017

Absolutely, absolutely, ABSOLUTELY worth the read!

Kyle rated it ★★★★☆

August 08, 2017

Why? I think this is the question that everyone tries to answer in the aftermath of a suicide. Why did someone like Chris Cornell or Chester Bennington die by suicide? Why did 19 year old Ivy League student athlete Madison Holleran? Fagan spends a lot of time discussing social media, such as when s...

Kim rated it ★★★★★

August 17, 2017

This is the story of Madison Holleran, a young woman who seemed to have it all as she approached her first year of college. She's from an affluent suburb, is well liked, has great friends and family, excels in school, and is a top athlete who catches the eye of college recruiters. She decides on...

Paul rated it ★★★★☆

August 21, 2017

A very sad story of a beautiful 19-year-old runner and college student at Penn who finally succumbed to her substantial depression and killed herself in a suicide leap from a parking ramp. I thought it was unfortunate for the understanding of what she went through that she didn't write anything o...

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