Fast Girl is a book pick from a book club I am in.
I wasn’t familiar with Suzy Favor Hamilton before reading this book, but her story did sound familiar from an episode I caught on Oprah… and woah – this is one of the wildest stories I’ve ever read.
Fast Girl by Suzy Favor Hamilton Book Summary and Review
Fast Girl Book Summary
During the 1990s, three-time Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton was the darling of American track and field.
An outstanding runner, a major sports apparel spokesperson, and a happily married wife, she was the model for an active, healthy, and wholesome life.
But her perfect facade masked a dark truth: manic depression and bipolar disorder that drove her obsession to perform and win.
For years after leaving the track, Suzy wrestled with her condition, as well as the loss of a close friend, conflicted feelings about motherhood and her marriage, and lingering shame about her athletic career.
After a misdiagnosis and a recommendation for medication that only exacerbated her mania and made her hypersexual, Suzy embarked on a new path and assumed a new identity.
Fueled by newfound confidence, a feeling of strength and independence, and a desire she couldn’t tamp down, she became a high-priced escort in Las Vegas, working as “Kelly.”
But Suzy could not keep her double life a secret forever.
When it was eventually exposed, it sent her into a reckless suicidal period where the only option seemed out.
Finally, with the help of her devoted husband, Suzy finally got the proper medical help she needed.
In this startling frank memoir, she recounts the journey to outrun her demons, revealing how a woman used to physically controlling her body learned to come to terms with her unstable mind.
It is the story of how a supreme competitor scored her most important victory of all—reclaiming her life from the ravages of an untreated mental illness.
Today, thanks to diagnosis, therapy, Kelly has stepped into the shadows, but Suzy is building a better life, one day at a time.
Sharing her story, Suzy is determined to raise awareness, provide understanding, and offer inspiration to others coping with their own challenges.
My Book Review for Fast Girl
This book is so interesting.
You don’t know it when you pick it up, but you get an inside look at mental illness from an angle you usually don’t.
Her entire story is wild, her husband is a saint, and this book will leave you speechless.
One thing that did surprise me was the author’s lack of regret for her life decisions.
I understand mental illness was driving her behavior, but she didn’t regret getting mental health help earlier than she did.
My Fast Girl Rating
I give Fast Girl 5 out of 5 stars.
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