Fast Girl

Fast Girl

A Life Spent Running From Madness

Book - 2015
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A former Olympic athlete and high-end escort reveals her struggles with manic depression, exploring how mental illness both drove her competitively and painfully challenged her personal life.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow Publishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062346223
0062346229
Branch Call Number: B/FAVOR
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Tomlinson, Sarah 1976-- Author

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MyBreadbox
Apr 09, 2018

Wow......mind blown on this one. Suzy opens up and shows us how some wild women act and tells about how bi-polar people operate.
I am glad to have read this book. I have known women like Suzy before and I now understand more about them. This woman suffered, and towards the end of the book, it all came crashing down. How she dealt with the crash must have been very difficult for her. I hope others that suffer some of the same things Suzy suffered can make it thru the dark days in the same fashion that she did.

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runningbeat
Feb 20, 2018

The author was an all American athlete who made it for the Olympics 3 times in running, but with bio-polar which she found out she had later, she started to live a double life and became an in demand escort in vegas.
Her husband always loved her and supported her, and took care of their daughter through the hard years, but he didn't like how she was ruining her life.
She is the author and did a very good job at describing what escorts do, and how bio-polar effects a person.

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Daveinportland
Dec 29, 2017

This book reminded me of the book 'Wild" by Cheryl Strayed.

I hated that book.

But it was a popular booked that was loved by millions, so if you enjoyed 'Wild' I assume you will also enjoy this one. But to me it read like 392 pages of self pity as she talks about how everyone picks on her, hates her, doesn't understand her, all while married to her high school sweetheart who was her 'first.'

Oh the tragedy of six-figure endorsement deals and a successful career.

Not to downplay her own mental illness, but when you have a history of mental illness and ignore all the advice to see help before embarking upon a life as a sex worker, the only one to blame is YOU.

I also felt much was left out of the story line. But like I said, if you liked Wild, you will love this. If you think people are responsible for their own behaviors, you might be left thinking "B***h, please...."

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grouchykitty
Sep 03, 2016

It sure is nice to be white and blonde. Hamilton is a very insecure, mentally ill former whore, yet on the outside she seems to be an "all American girl". I wonder if an athlete like Serena Williams would receive as much mercy as Hamilton has if she made such horrible choices? Some people are generalized as having a flaw in their morality and humanity whereas others get to blame mental illness and their upbringing. Even in a comment below Hamilton's intergalactic whoredom is elevated as more honorable than Jacobs steroids use - You see Jacobs doesn't have the right look.

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jannylegs
Jul 12, 2016

Not what I expected. Too much focus on her sexual exploits. Wow.

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dirtbag1
Apr 19, 2016

Go on Youtube after you read the book. She has several interviews where she speaks about her life. Not the best looking or the most intelligent sounding but at least she comes across as honest.

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Pudder13
Dec 27, 2015

Interesting read, surprised that she would be diagnosed as bipolar for risky sexually activity.

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MT60
Dec 22, 2015

I remembered her as the 90s U.S. golden girl of middle distances when the reports came out a few years ago. Finished this book in just a few sittings. Insightful.

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okrah
Dec 11, 2015

A dozen years ago, I had wondered why Suzy didn't file a civil suit against the steroid cheater Jacobs. It turns out that Suzy had much larger issues going on. Suzy's year as a Vegas escort was far more honorable than Regina Jacob's decade as a steroid whore for Balco Labs.

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Feb 20, 2018

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tlcrunner9
Nov 12, 2015

First things first...if you're looking for a book about running, then this is not your book; you should definitely check out Suzy's other, earlier publication, called Fast Track: Training and Nutrition Secrets from America's Top Female Runner. I've read it and it's really good, too. This book is the story of Suzy's real life, the one she didn't even recognize until she'd been able to step away from it and realize that she, like others in her family, suffers from mental illness; specifically, bipolar disorder.

That's not to say that she doesn't discuss her running career; she has made a connection between the way her running career, unintentionally, fueled her illness and she certainly had to find other ways to express herself, to find her "high," after years of training and racing at the elite level. In this book, Suzy is brutally honest; she discusses topics that could be difficult for some readers, like her sexual promiscuity and her penchant for putting herself into dangerous, nonsensical situations. In context, none of that should be too shocking; what's shocking is that it is often, still, so difficult for individuals to receive the correct diagnosis and the treatment they need for their unique symptoms.

I've read a lot of "judgy" reviews of this memoir and, while everyone is certainly entitled to their opinion, the reviews I've read by people who also suffer from mental illness are the ones that were the most impactful. This isn't a piece of classic literature, it's not going to answer everyone's questions about why or how or whatever, but it's Suzy's story and I respect her for choosing to share it in an attempt to come to terms with her illness, the things she's done in her life because of that illness, and with the hope that it might allow others to discuss their experiences and ask for help.

If you have a tendency to be judgmental about the stories of those who are dealing with things that you may not be able to understand, then this book will not be useful; I found it to be illuminating and a great way to gain better insight into the world of those who struggle with mental illness.

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