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What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen Hardcover – August 1, 2017
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"Holleran seems so alive on the page; her messages and Fagan's prose create someone who seems a real, living thing, so much so that by the end, this reader was rooting for her to talk to someone"
About the Author
Previously, Fagan spent three seasons covering the 76ers for the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is the author of a memoir, The Reappearing Act, and co-host of the espnW podcast Free Cookies. Kate lives in Brooklyn, New York with her girlfriend Kathryn Budig and their two dogs.
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There was much more of Kate's input in the story than I thought there would be...I went into it thinking she was just the investigative reporter, but she shared a lot of her own story in there which I didn't relate to at all. I found myself skipping past her sections just to get to the rest of Maddy's story. Maybe some people would be more interested in Kate's story, but it just wasn't for me. I'd still highly recommend the book though - it really sheds light on a very important issue in a very personal, relatable way.
By our society’s standards, Mandy had it all; a loving family, a huge group of friends to offer support, a God given talent to run, and yet, it wasn’t enough. Her poor family. They did everything “right.” That’s what is so scary.
I believe that anyone that reads this will find Maddys story so compelling and truly something they can relate to. Some of her feelings brought back similar feelings I had when I attended my dream college and left after one year. Suicide never crossed my mind but I can tell you I was troubled and my self esteem was low. I finished school in four years ( my absolute promise to myself)but personally I made some bad choices during this time.
How do we talk to our kids and grand children so they will never make the same choice Maddy did? After reading the book, I’m not certain I know the answer to that. I do know that I will talk to them just like maddys parents did and hope and pray that they will never feel so desperate.
I would definitely recommend this book
As someone who has made attempts in the past I can honestly say this book really hits on a lot of truths. The truths are grey but they are truths.
I cried so much and this book took me a long time to finish. The farther I got the longer it took. That is a good thing. Suicide is a harsh subject. There is no easy way to discuss it, at least their shouldn't be. You dont have to be an athlete or have gone to college to have experienced feelings similar to maddy's.
That said while I doubt the family reads any book reviews and try to avoid reminders I just want to say my heart goes out and thank you for sharing.
The correlation with social media and the statistics about anxiety disorder among our young adults and especially student athletes are mind blowing and disturbing. I'm left with so many fears about young kids who are approaching these years. I hope they read the book and that educators are aware of the dangers ahead when they notice the changes.
Thank you Kate Fagan for sharing this story!
Top international reviews
Maddy is not doing well in her head and nobody picks up on it until it is too late. She is the young woman who appears to have it all, but she cannot make it through a day.
This book was scary t read because it details so well what every parent's nightmare is - not seeing or understanding that your child is sick and needs help.
Maddy's story is heartbreaking and it is detailed here as a cautionary tale - it scared me and made me incredibly sad. The author does not shy away from who Maddy was and what happened, tracking it back and seeing the signs that were there but weren't there at the same time.
At times, I found myself getting upset at Maddy and then feeling sad for her parents and then sensing how very sad and unhappy Maddy was. She was obviously running from something that was catching up to her.
Excellent reading, excellent writing with compassion and honesty.