What Made Maddy Run

What Made Maddy Run

The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of An All-American Teen

Book - 2017
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A sports journalist relates the story of Ivy League freshman and track star Maddy Holleran, who seemingly had it all and succeeded at everything she tried, but who secretly grappled with mental illness before taking her own life during the spring semester.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316356541
Branch Call Number: ANF 616.858445 FAG
Characteristics: xii, 305 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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CarleeMcDot
Apr 24, 2018

I don't know how, but I had never heard of this book before (and I don't even really remembering hearing about the story when it happened). After I got back from Boston I thought I'd reach for a few running books and this one appeared on a lot of the "Must Read" lists in the running realm. After reading it I can see why. Maddy was an all-American student athlete (playing soccer and running track in high school) who killed herself during her second semester of college. If you know me, you know suicide prevention has a HUGE piece of my heart (I have helped to fundraise for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for multiple years), so this story rocked me to my core. I am thankful Kate, an ESPNW columnist, along with Maddy's family had the strength to share this story. We need to change the narrative, talk about mental health and break the stigma surrounding anxiety, depression and other forms of mental illness. Suicide is not a black and white topic, so this book does not attempt to wrap this story up in a bow or try to make sense of everything, it is simply trying to get the conversation started so fewer people get caught up in the fierce swirl that can lead people to contemplate this permanent decision. I would give it a 9 out of 10.

mko123 Jan 20, 2018

A tragic, cautionary tale for any parents and youth who dream of college and pro-sports. Maddy is any-girl-usa who meets the grim reality of college sports--where grueling practices all but take over her life, as she tries to balance grades and make new friends her freshman year. Something has to give. But the sports business train cannot stop for anyone. This book begs the question of how did we as a society allow a fun game for kids to turn into an all-consuming beast.

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annagraceiaboni
Nov 04, 2017

A very eye opening book into the world of depression and suicide. This book showed how social media is effecting our generation today. It was interesting because it showed a lot of emails from Madison and text messages she had sent...so you felt you could see into her life without actually knowing her. The book felt like a research assignment which it was.

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danahall
Sep 26, 2017

Sobering read, and very apropos as I send my eldest child off to college. With any story where you know the ending in advance, I wanted it to end differently.

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