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Fast Girls

– tekijä: Elise Hooper

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The book opens with Betty Robinson competing and winning a gold medal at the 1928 Olympics. Her daring and athleticism, inspires girls around the country to begin competing in track and field events. Louise Stokes, an African American girl, begins training and fighting to join future Olympic teams. In Missouri, Helen, a socially awkward girl, is ostracized by her schoolmates. With Betty as her example, she begins running and dreaming of a different life. This book outlines the Olympic journey's of these three athletes, as they compete to be the fastest woman in the world.

I really enjoyed this book. The women were interesting and dynamic characters. Their journeys, never easy, were inspiring and moving. I would love to read more from this author. Overall, well worth a gold medal! ( )
  JanaRose1 | Oct 14, 2020 |
Fast Girls by Elise Hooper
Source: NetGalley and Wm. Morrow Paperbacks
Rating: 4/5 stars

**MINI-REVIEW**

The Bottom Line: Fast Girls is a sweeping saga of young women, talented young women fighting for their place in the world against the most serious of obstacles. From race to gender, the women of Fast Girls are beacons of inspiration; women who overcame everything to pave the way for future generations. Outside of the obvious (in case it isn’t – the accomplishments of the athletes) the thing I found encouraging about this book was the number of people willing to help these women achieve their goals. From the coaches to the families to the citizens of their hometowns, these women created a spirit that was felt and honored by so many. Of course, this book isn’t all about the spirit of goodness and athleticism. There are also many dark elements to this book and to these women’s lives all of which absolutely had an impact on their work and ability to compete. Though I truly and sincerely hated it for the impacted women, I appreciated the author including the ugly truths and really reflecting for the reader the reality of what these women faced, overcame, and accomplished. A fine historical fiction.

P.S. Be sure to turn the pages all the way to the end as the author has included what historical information there is pertaining to each of the featured women in the book. It is fascinating reading and led me to some additional Googling! ( )
  arthistorychick | Aug 29, 2020 |
The 1928 Olympics allow the first ever women to compete in Track and Field. It opens many opportunities for other young ladies to try for the 1936 Olympics. Betty, Louise and Helen all come from different parts of the country and different backgrounds. But each one is determined to make their dream come true.

This story is told through a different woman’s point of view. However, all have some of the same difficulties. People, mainly men, telling them they should not run. They should not compete. It will make them too masculine. They will lose their girlish figure. The list goes on and on. And that is not even touching on the African American competitors. Their challenges were doubled and tripled and then some!

I enjoyed following these athletes through their struggles. All of these women were true leaders of their time. I don’t think I have quite understood the challenges these women athletes, which have gone before us, actually experienced. I was mesmerized through this whole tale.

This novel is very well researched and very well written! Grab your copy today!

I received a copy from Go Spark Studios for a honest review. ( )
  fredreeca | Aug 10, 2020 |
Its not just the Boys in the Boat and Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. There were some competitive women as well. This historical fiction account follows three women Beginning in 1928 we are let into their lives as they fight for a place in the race. Prior to 1928, women did not compete in track and field. A must read for anyone interested in women’s sports. ( )
  brangwinn | Jul 19, 2020 |
Though this book says it's about the 1936 Olympic team, it also covers the Olympics in 1928 and 1932. I didn't mind. Some of the athletes were at more than one Olympic Games, and the running parts of the book (competing especially, but even training) were my favorite parts. At times I found the book suspenseful, even a couple of times away from the track.

The author did a good job showing the disparity in how athletes were treated based on whether they were male or female, white or black, and connected or without connections. The injustice was maddening at times, and yet the author ended the book at a moment and in a way that provided satisfaction.

Thank you to NetGalley and The Book Club Girls for this early read. ( )
  ang709 | Jul 5, 2020 |
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