What Made Maddy Run
From noted ESPN commentator and journalist Kate Fagan, the heartbreaking and vital story of college athlete Madison Holleran, whose death by suicide rocked the University of Pennsylvania campus and whose life reveals with haunting detail and uncommon understanding the struggle of young people suffering from mental illness todayIf you scrolled through the Instagram feed of 19-year-old Maddy Holleran, you would see a perfect life: a freshman at an Ivy League school, recruited for the track team, who was also beautiful, popular, and fiercely intelligent. This was a girl who succeeded at everything she tried, and who was only getting started. But when Maddy began her long-awaited college career, her parents noticed something changed. Previously indefatigable Maddy became withdrawn, and her thoughts centered on how she could change her life. In spite of thousands of hours of practice and study, she contemplated transferring from the school that had once been her dream. When Maddy's dad, Jim, dropped her off for the first day of spring semester, she held him a second longer than usual. That would be the last time Jim would see his daughter.WHAT MADE MADDY RUN began as a piece that Kate Fagan, a columnist for espnW, wrote about Maddy's life. What started as a profile of a successful young athlete whose life ended in suicide became so much larger when Fagan started to hear from other college athletes also struggling with mental illness. This is the story of Maddy Holleran's life, and her struggle with depression, which also reveals the mounting pressures young people, and college athletes in particular, face to be perfect, especially in an age of relentless connectivity and social media saturation.

What Made Maddy Run Details

TitleWhat Made Maddy Run
Author
FormatHardcover
ReleaseAug 1st, 2017
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
ISBN0316356549
ISBN-139780316356541
Number of pages320 pages
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Biography, Sports and Games, Sports, Health, Mental Health, Psychology

What Made Maddy Run Review

  • Kathy
    June 6, 2017
    Met Kate Fagan and she gifted the book at the ESPNW Summit. Well documented, well written, heartbreaking story of a young girl that appears to have it all - recruited athlete at an Ivy League school that battled depression and ended her life. This book is much more than one girl's story. It's a must read for coaches, teachers and parents that want to get in touch with the pressures and struggles that are statistically way too common among college student and athletes. Great perspective on the po Met Kate Fagan and she gifted the book at the ESPNW Summit. Well documented, well written, heartbreaking story of a young girl that appears to have it all - recruited athlete at an Ivy League school that battled depression and ended her life. This book is much more than one girl's story. It's a must read for coaches, teachers and parents that want to get in touch with the pressures and struggles that are statistically way too common among college student and athletes. Great perspective on the power of social media, the need to portray a positive image and our texting vs talking society. A sad story that haunts you and makes you think.
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  • Isabelle
    June 11, 2017
    I got an ARC at an ESPN event and read this in a day. Kate brings her incisive journalism skills and her compassion to this tragic story and touches on the various elements that contributed to Madison's unimaginable decision. Heredity, perfectionism, social media, ill-prepared college staff, athletic and peer pressure....all combine to create a potentially toxic cocktail in today's society. I loved the essays as well, as they all contributed to and fed off the overall narrative. Required reading I got an ARC at an ESPN event and read this in a day. Kate brings her incisive journalism skills and her compassion to this tragic story and touches on the various elements that contributed to Madison's unimaginable decision. Heredity, perfectionism, social media, ill-prepared college staff, athletic and peer pressure....all combine to create a potentially toxic cocktail in today's society. I loved the essays as well, as they all contributed to and fed off the overall narrative. Required reading for everyone concerned with mental health issues and the direction our society is heading, but especially for parents sending their children off to college.
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  • Beth
    May 23, 2017
    This was a heartbreaking read. I am as far from an athlete as one can be, but as the older sister of an athlete-turned-coach, it hit hard on multiple levels. The author does an incredible job of tracing the path from high school to college and exploring the many challenges that come along with performing at the higher levels. Written with sensitivity for Maddy's family and legacy, I would recommend this for anybody involved with college students, particularly athletes - high school and college c This was a heartbreaking read. I am as far from an athlete as one can be, but as the older sister of an athlete-turned-coach, it hit hard on multiple levels. The author does an incredible job of tracing the path from high school to college and exploring the many challenges that come along with performing at the higher levels. Written with sensitivity for Maddy's family and legacy, I would recommend this for anybody involved with college students, particularly athletes - high school and college coaches, support staff, teachers, parents, friends - it's important to know and recognize the symptoms of mental illness.
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  • Kate
    May 16, 2017
    If you look only through the lens of social media, it's hard too fathom why someone like Maddy Hollerman would take her own life. She appeared to have it all- brains, talent, friends, family, beauty. Kate Fagan delves into the all too short life of Maddy, into the pressure put on young athletes, how social media is affecting mental health. It's a hard book to read, because it's too late to save Maddy, but hopefully her story can help save other lives. Leaving the crisis number for anyone who mi If you look only through the lens of social media, it's hard too fathom why someone like Maddy Hollerman would take her own life. She appeared to have it all- brains, talent, friends, family, beauty. Kate Fagan delves into the all too short life of Maddy, into the pressure put on young athletes, how social media is affecting mental health. It's a hard book to read, because it's too late to save Maddy, but hopefully her story can help save other lives. Leaving the crisis number for anyone who might need it: 1-800-273-8255 or text "Start" to 741-741.
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  • Erin Peterson
    June 29, 2017
    Little more psychology that I thought there would be, but an important message inside for all teens and parents of teens. Athletes or not.
  • Elaine Lovejoy
    July 21, 2017
    This book was a heartbreaking read. It is very well written. Hopefully Maddy's story can help save other lives
  • Donna Frasor
    June 7, 2017
    A heartbreaking but eye opening read about a highly recruited Ivy League athlete who puts on a good front as she struggles with depression. The author has access to her family, friends, phone, and computer as she attempts to trace her steps leading to her final decision. The effects of social media & the need to always portray a positive image are scrutinized by the author, a former athlete and current sportswriter. She also points out the staggering amount of money spent on athletic program A heartbreaking but eye opening read about a highly recruited Ivy League athlete who puts on a good front as she struggles with depression. The author has access to her family, friends, phone, and computer as she attempts to trace her steps leading to her final decision. The effects of social media & the need to always portray a positive image are scrutinized by the author, a former athlete and current sportswriter. She also points out the staggering amount of money spent on athletic programs with little if any devoted to mental health. This is a must read for coaches, teachers, and parents about the struggles and pressures endured by college students and athletes.
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