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.
©2015 Suzy Favor Hamilton (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
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3 out of 5 stars
By Bee on 11-03-17

Strange mixture

Mixture of potntially fascinating insight into highl level competition, bi polar and the life of an escort and truly tedious details of everyday life. The writing isn't that great but I think the bland narration which gives no indication oh the highs the writer says she felt made it worse. The prologue and epilogue are read by suzy hamilton and it might have been better if she had read the whole book as she sounds more animated. H

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4 out of 5 stars
By Chantelle Nichols on 06-12-15

What a bizarre story. Very interesting.

Sometimes hard to process the lack of remorse, even as somebody with a bipolar parent.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Julie Young on 26-02-16

Wisconsin girl

Being from Wisconsin and knowing of Suzy over the years with her running ability and then about her being an escort it intrigued me to read/listen to this book to see why. Sad to find out that all along she had bipolar disease and I am sure that is why she never went anywhere in the Olympics...such as shame. Hope she can help a lot of people with her story. Couldn't turn the book off wanted to keep listening to see what was next. A must read book or listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Julia on 03-08-17

Accurate Explanation of Bi-Polar Disorder

Suzy Favor Hamilton bares her soul on her mission to educate us on the symptoms of bi-polar disorder. The best word to describe this memoir is 'honest'. She does not get into the drama of the Las Vegas lifestyle. She tends to give us the facts in great detail.

A real page turner. I listened to this in one day as I was sitting on the edge of my seat getting impatient waiting for the next thing to happen.

Other than what I have seen on the TV I know very little about the life of a high paid escort. 'Fast Girl' definitely gave me an education.

The explanation and detail of symptoms and onset of bi-polar is incredibly accurate. A must read for someone who is either a sufferer or knows someone who is.

Nan McNamara gives a good, solid performance.

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