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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Avery; First Edition edition (April 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583333304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583333303
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,124,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Monica Seles is a former number one world professional tennis player who became the youngest-ever champion at the French Open in 1990, and went on to win nine Grand Slam singles titles. Tennis magazine lists Seles as the thirteenth greatest tennis player of all time, male or female. In October 2007, she was appointed a goodwill ambassador/spokesperson for the UN’s Global Sports for Peace and Development program initiative. Despite her early elimination, Monica was a sentimental favorite on season six of Dancing with the Stars. She lives in Florida.

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Luckily, Monica has the good sense to immediately dump the guy!
Someone's Mom
Monica does not go into tremendous depth on tennis but gives a great surface story of her career which is very entertaining.
R. Spell
A huge tennis fan, I remember when she hit the scene as a youngster.
Lori Hanson, Author of It Started With Pop-Tarts

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By LH on May 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
When it comes to athletes and their off-court, off-field problems, I usually think, "Big deal; all that money you get should make the hurt go away!"

But Monica Seles's memoir is different. From the start, she's not writing to beg for sympathy. This is her story of her struggle with compulsive overeating (the reason I picked this book up, as I, too, struggle with emotional and compulsive overeating), the horrific stabbing she endured in Germany, and shortly after that, discovering her beloved dad/coach was terminally ill, not in that order!

I felt awful for her, for the rude awakening she received in realizing how cold the business of tennis is, not to mention the lack of justice when her attacker was simply given probation and set free, plus she had to pay his freaking legal bills.

It was good to see that even celebrities struggle and cry, although for me, Monica Seles isn't like other celebrities. She seems miles above all the others in her authenticity and grit.

I loved this book and read it in 2 days. I cried so much in reading it, I saw myself in so much of her struggle with her weight and food, and appreciate her honesty in sharing difficult memories and episodes in her life that anyone else would rather pretend never happened.

Five stars!!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lisa McMann, author of the WAKE trilogy on May 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I don't read a lot of memoirs, but I was really drawn to this one because of Ms. Seles' honesty and openness in her recent New York Times interview. I've been a fan of hers for many years, and have always wondered how she coped with the horrible stabbing.

In this memoir, Ms. Seles is not only inspirational, she is vulnerable and thoughtful. She lets down her guard completely and tells her story without whining or complaining, a real plus. This was very moving and I think the book can be beneficial to fans of Monica Seles as well as those who are struggling to overcome eating disorders and/or grieving the loss of a parent.

I remain a huge fan.

Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of Wake
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kristijan S. on May 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a well written book and Monica writes with sincere honesty and frankness. Monica has been one of my all-time favorite sport figures since my early childhood. My interest in this book was a more personal one since both Monica and I come from Novi Sad (in the former Yugoslavia) and I remember, as a kid, strolling almost daily past the tennis courts where she used to play - thinking, "This is where Monica Seles, the world's best tennis player, used to practice!" I am sure she was (and still is) a huge inspiration to the many top-seeded tennis players who are/were coming out of the former Yugoslavia and beyond. In any case, Monica's story focuses more on her life once she had arrived to the tennis academy in the USA - at around age 10 and the hardships and triumphs she had faced since. This book is not meant solely for a specific group of readers. Anyone can relate to her story because she is (for a lack of a better word) a quite simple and normal person. She is not at all someone who went crazy with their money and overdose on cocaine, became dependent on something rather disgusting, and then ended up writing a tell-all book about their experience which only a small percentage could relate to. Rather, the problems she had faced are quite real and common. It goes to show that money and success are not everything and that happiness comes only when one is truly content with oneself. I would also like to add that Monica looks better than ever and, it seems to me, that her mental/spiritual strength is stronger now than her physical strength ever was. A truly great read!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Holly A. Hoffner on May 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book after seeing Monica discuss her book on "Good Morning America." I too used food to "stuff down" my emotions instead of dealing with them and allowed food to control my life for far too many years. After recently becoming more in touch with my emotions and dealing with very traumatic incidents from my past, food does not have the same unhealthy hold. Reading Monica's book was interesting to see how she has learned to deal with her addiction to food.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Someone's Mom on July 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a fascinating book even if you're not a tennis player, an athlete or even someone who follows tennis. When I picked up the book, I had only a vague idea of who Monica Seles was, but I was immediately drawn in by her honest and self-critical style of writing in this autobiography of her life from her early childhood to her mid 30's. What's remarkable is that such an accomplished and disciplined athlete could nonetheless struggle with such universal issues as low self-esteem, depression and even overeating. it's incredible to think that someone could win the French Open and still think that she was "bad" because she ate a cupcake. It's incredible to think that even a top athlete dislikes her body and is insecure about it, to think that even top athletes compare their bodies to others and find them wanting. it's incredible that such a strong female athlete could still find herself in relationships with uncaring men who would be critical of her -- or to think that a boyfriend could still criticize her body after she's won yet another tournament. (Luckily, Monica has the good sense to immediately dump the guy!) Monica shares all this and more, putting it all out there for the reader. The ending, where she finds herself, as well as the passages in which she writes about her family, are beautiful, moving and uplifting. This is a wonderful book for everyone who struggles with feelings of self-esteem and self-confidence. Monica gave us a gift when she wrote this book.
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