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About the Author

Chamique Holdsclaw grew up in Astoria, Queens, where she was spotted early on for her basketball talents on the rough and busted project courts. She went on to break records at the nationally recognized Christ the King High School in Queens and then at the University of Tennessee, where she was a three time NCAA champion. After graduating, she was the first pick in 1999’s WNBA draft and went to play for the Washington DC Mystics, as well as the Olympic Team, for which she won a gold medal. After a bout with injury and depression in the early 2000s, Holdsclaw became a strong voice for mental health advocacy in sports and in inner cities, and travels across the country inspiring audiences with her story and her strength. She currently lives in Atlanta.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Chamique Holdsclaw LLC (March 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985029803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985029807
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,017,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I eagerly approached this book, but it was difficult to read at times because of the numerous editing errors - misspelled words, incorrect punctuation, bad grammar, etc. It was really disappointing and read like a self-published book with no editor. Chamique has a powerful story to tell but it would have been much better with a professional editor to help focus the story and provide basic clean-up of her manuscript. For me, the numerous mistakes ruined the book. I expected a lot more.
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Players like Chamique Holdsclaw are a rarity. They come around every once in a great while to amaze us with their talent and share their successes with us. We often place them on a pedestal; label them heroes perhaps without any thought to who he/she might be off the court. Many times, I think it is easy to forget that an athlete is a person first and an athlete second. I often think it's difficult for the players to remember this as well. Chamique reminds us all with her candid and inspirational memoir that athletes are people with problems, challenges and heartbreak and she shows us how those challenges can lead to changes that can help the world, if only you have the strength and courage to share them along with your athletic ability.

She takes us on a whirlwind journey from the courts of the projects in Astoria, Queens to the University of Tennessee and on to Washington as she joined the WNBA as a first round draft pick for the Mystics. As her childhood dreams start to come true, many other parts of her life begin to fall apart. She struggles with the death of her grandmother as well as personal and family issues that ultimately lead her to play in new places and with new teams. During these changes, Mique eventually reaches her breaking point and seeks help. She learns that she is suffering from depression and struggles to balance taking the medication that helps her with how it makes her feel and her performance on the court. Eventually, she is driven to attempt suicide.

Breaking Through: Beating the Odds Shot after Shot is a candid memoir about so much more than basketball. It is about one of the greatest basketball players to ever live identifying and fighting her demons both on and off the court.
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I thoroughly enjoy reading autobiographies. You get to see an insight into that person, and what this.book did it told us who the real Chamique Holdsclaw was. She was a great player but she a real person who had problems like every other person. But she was in the limelight and sometimes didn't handle them the right way. They had a way of catching up with her. Great book it is one that I would encourage you to read.
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By tan on March 30, 2015
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Chamique, thank you so much for letting your fans know what you were going through. I had wondered and now I know. You have indeed beaten the odds and will continue to do so. You are a winner in many ways.
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By sarai parker on August 29, 2014
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I felt as though there wasn't anything in the book that I couldn't find online about her. It was as if she googled herself and wrote a book report on herself. It was a little egocentric considering she consistently mentioned her stats. It would have been nice to read about the real Chamique.
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I've always been a fan of Chamique Holdsclaw and was fairly familiar with her biography before college so I found the majority of this book to be a bit mundane. The last section of the book is, in my opinion, the best because it becomes more personal instead of fact based and gives a better perspective of her life.
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For only the second time in my 45 years of living I read a book in one day. I am already a big fan of Chamique and reading her book helped me understand so many things. I appreciate her being open about her life. I also have battled depression and to hear someone on her level come out publicly about their own battle has been very encouraging. Hopefully I will get to hear her speak about mental illness as this is now her platform and of course I always hope that I will get to see her play again. Lady Vol fan for life!
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This was a very interesting, very moving book. I was very inspired by Ms. Holdsclaw's journey and had no idea as to what the world of Women's basketball involved. Well worth the reader's time. It appealed to me both because of how she described her time on the basketball court as well as her personal battles.
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