• What Made Maddy Run

  • The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen
  • By: Kate Fagan
  • Narrated by: Kate Fagan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-01-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (309 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 today.
If 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 Previously indefatigable Maddy became withdrawn, and her thoughts centered on how she could change her life.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.
©2017 Kate Fagan (P)2017 Hachette Audio
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Critic Reviews

"It is impossible not to be affected by Holleran's heart-wrenching story. An appropriate (if difficult) read for current and future college athletes, their coaches, and parents." ( Library Journal)
"A compassionate and frank look at depression and the social pressure faced by many college students as seen through the eyes of one young woman." ( Kirkus)
"Fagan's book is well-researched and the message is timely and important." ( Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Guitar Guru on 12-03-17

Good Read for Parents of Stressed Teens

Worthwhile read for parents of stressed children. I didn’t particularly like the author’s insertion of her own story, nor the authors assumptions of how Maddy was feeling. I was able to overlook my issues and still felt it was a worthwhile read. I also attended UPenn, lived near the suicide scene, and my roommate died 2 months into my freshman year in college. Fast forward, my 14 year old daughter is perpetually stressed. So, this story is close to my heart and put me on alert to be sensitive to my daughter’s pressures.

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5 out of 5 stars
By lou on 11-16-17

God Bless Madison

Heartbreaking story of the teenager who had it all and the depression that led to despair. The author ( Kate Fagan ) has incredible access to Madison’s life and added with insightful analysis tells Madison story in an honest non exploitive manner.
Eye opening read.

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