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What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles…

What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an… (vuoden 2018 painos)

– tekijä: Kate Fagan (Tekijä)

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A sports journalist relates the story of Ivy League freshman and track star Maddy Holleran, who seemingly had it all and succeeded at everything she tried, but who secretly grappled with mental illness before taking her own life during the spring semester.
Teoksen nimi:What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen
Kirjailijat:Kate Fagan (Tekijä)
Info:Back Bay Books (2018), Edition: Reprint, 320 pages
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What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen (tekijä: Kate Fagan)


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Such an incredibly sad sad book related to a young woman’s struggle with depression and eventual suicide. Such a well written book with expressed empathy and insight. Great book on an incredibly sad topic. ( )
  Bethgarvinloflin1 | Dec 18, 2018 |
This reporting is both helpful and dangerous at the same time. I learned quite a bit about how to be a better professor, but I think I could have learned more from a book that was about life through suicide prevention instead of death by suicide.

After the song 1-800-273-8255 came out, calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline increased by a third. Quoted by CNN, John Draper, the director of the hotline, said,"We can certainly attribute and have seen call increases relative to tragic events and alarming portrayals of suicide in the media -- anywhere from (musicians) Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington's suicides, and (the Netflix show) '13 Reasons Why, ... But here's what's really important: Logic is generating calls with a song about getting help and finding hope. It's not focusing on tragedy or suicide. In fact, he's starting conversations about suicide prevention, as opposed to suicide."

I remember learning in high school about responsible reporting and the difficulties around death by suicide. This book does not follow the best practices, although it's mission is to educate people who can support those in need, and it certainly educated me about a student, it may do the opposite for those who are suffering. I could have learned as much or even more from a story about a woman who did not die, but was saved. ( )
  CassandraT | Sep 23, 2018 |
Required reading for parents. ( )
  Firehair_Wildling | Sep 12, 2018 |
"We have translated expressions and emotions into emojis, and simply using an emoji seems to tell the recipient that all is okay. The inclusion of even one of those animated faces signals ease and lightness, regardless of what emotion the emoji represents, even if it represents crying... Very little of what we say in text is a literal representation of how we feel, what we're doing, how we're behaving. It's an animated, easy-to-digest version: an exaggeration or a simplification, but not a reflection. And that would be fine if it weren't the main way we now communicate with one another. We believe we're communicating with the humans we love and adore, and we are. But we aren't absorbing their humanity."

This was just one of the many passages in this book that resonated with me. What Made Maddy Run is the true story about a talented Ivy league athlete and her descent into the darkest of places. It is a book about lack of awareness, miscommunications, secrets, suicide rates amongst young college students, about friendships and sports, social media profiles that hide truth, and a myriad of ethical questions people want to avoid in this culture of busyness, competition and virtual identity.
Fagan tells a sad story and raises many questions for readers, alternating chapters between Maddy's story and her own. She includes some transcripts of interviews and quotes from friends. It's certainly a disturbing subject but nevertheless important and sadly necessary, as we lose so many of our youth to suicide. If it raises awareness and improves communication for just one person, this book will have been worth it. Highly recommend this book to everyone. ( )
  homeschoolmimzi | Oct 26, 2017 |
Kate Fagan started out with an article ("Split Image") about Maddy Holleran's suicide in an ESPN publication and then turned it into this book.

I found Maddy's story interesting, and the book was a mostly enjoyable read for me (if enjoyable is the right word to use here), but some things didn't work for me.

First, Fagan inserts herself too much into the story. There are whole chapters about Fagan's struggles as a college athlete and how she almost quit as Maddy tried to do. That's fine, I guess, but I'm not here to read about Fagan's story. Plus, with all of the stress on college athletes, it seems likely she could have found someone else to talk about their experiences with the pressures of playing sports in college and left her own feelings and experiences out of it.

In addition, Fagan includes interviews poorly. Instead of taking what was said and putting it in a narrative form---and taking herself out of the conversation---she just writes out the interview like dialogue in a play, with each speaker's name in bold, followed by a colon and what they said. It's boring to read and just seems sloppy, I guess, like maybe she was pressed for time and so just dropped in the interviews with a little preamble about how nervous she was or where she sat in the cafe waiting for the interviewee.

Related to the "pressed for time" hypothesis, Fagan repeats sections from Maddy's texts, journals, and letters, particularly the letter Maddy wrote to her track coach, and she includes texts that have no discernible connection to the points she's making or to any of Maddy's friends she's referred to before.

But the thing that really irritates me is that, while Fagan goes into great---anecdotal---detail about the effects of social media on developing psyches, she completely glosses over Maddy's high school and college binge drinking as something that might have been related to her depression and anxiety. Some alcohol use in adolescence appears to be both caused by and a cause of mental illness---particularly depression. (Here's a quote from that last linked article, in case you're interested: "Deykin et al...found that 16 to 19 year old females were more than six times as likely to experience depression if they were alcohol abusers than if they were not.")

Lots of teens drink in high school and college, and most of them are fine (or at least don't commit suicide in college; who knows what happens later), but what if a teen already has a predisposition to depression and/or existing but undiagnosed depression (or another mood disorder) or anxiety disorder and then routinely exposes their brain, which is in a period of intense development during adolescence, to alcohol?

The link between alcohol use and depression among teens is at least as strong as the link between social media use and depression, yet Fagan just breezes right by Maddy's "partying."

There. Now that bee's out of my bonnet.

Something I do appreciate about the book is Fagan's inclusion of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's do's and don'ts for writing about suicide and has the contact information for crisis lines and other suicide prevention organizations at the end of the book.

I'm still not sure it's really a book (rather than just a padded article), but mostly Fagan handled the subject well and gave a sympathetic and not overly dramatic view of one young woman suffering with a complex problem, and I am glad that I read it. ( )
1 ääni ImperfectCJ | Oct 11, 2017 |
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