Fast Girl

  • by Suzy Favor Hamilton
  • Narrated by Suzy Favor Hamilton, Nan McNamara
  • 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The former middle-distance Olympic runner and high-end escort speaks out for the first time about her battle with mental illness and how mania controlled and compelled her in competition but also in life. This is a heartbreakingly honest yet hopeful memoir reminiscent of Manic, Electroboy, and An Unquiet Mind.
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 a 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 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.

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The height of narcissism.

Biographies have always been a favorite of mine Even if I'm not particularly interested in the subject. This one is well written and the narrator was very good.

Unless you are reading something about Jesus, there will be self-serving vanity in every biography whether self written or not. This one goes way beyond that.

Suzy was an outstanding runner even if not a Olympic medalist. That part of the book I found interesting and wished there had been more discussion and insight to that aspect of her life. After all that is what she was famous for before all this, and that is the reason we would even bother reading about her.

Most people who suffer from mental illness do not become prostitutes. I know from experience that no matter how bad the illness or the symptoms of that illness we still have a choice. While I don't want a long discussion of mental illness, what seemed abundantly clear is that Suzy somehow failed to grow up. Yes, we would all like to experience again those first time highs we had in our teens and twenties but the reality is we cannot. Or we cannot without it quickly becoming destruction. She made a big deal of her bipolar diagnosis, yet she also states near the end of the book that exercise is now her drug of choice. So with five psychiatrist/psychologist and many others she now has exercise as her drug of choice.

There is a lot of talk of shame and guilt in this book but neither has been answered, only forgotten and replaced. Her time as a prostitute seems to still be the best part of her life, she writes with enthusiasm about that part of her life. That only works for a while too. Bottom line on this book is that I do not ever wish to meet Suzy Favor Hamilton or her husband. It all seems the height of narcissism and the result of never realizing there are things high and better than self.
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- Rich

Worst Book Ever Written

worst book I've ever read. everything was sugar-coated and made to make the reader feel sorry for the author. PLEASE! save a few hours of your life and do not read this!
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- Tommy S.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-14-2015
  • Publisher: HarperAudio