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Hızlı Kız

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  5,918 ratings  ·  739 reviews
O doğuştan hızlıydı...

Suzy Favor Hamilton, çocukluk ve gençlik dönemi boyunca hiçbir yarışı kaybetmedi. Kusursuz bir vücuda, baştan çıkarıcı bir güzelliğe ve inanılmaz bir azme sahipti. Onun için hayatın tek anlamı kazanmaktı. Dünya şampiyonaları ve olimpiyatlara kadar uzanan kariyeri boyunca otoriteler ve sporseverler tarafından her zaman takdir edilen müthiş bir koşucu
Paperback, 280 pages
Published February 2016 by Destek Yayınları (first published June 9th 2015)
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Barry Bridges
Oct 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Poorly written. The sad truth is there are many thousands who suffer from the same disease who aren't so lucky as to have unlimited income, a spouse who patiently covers for them and allows blatant indiscretion, then miraculously forgives. She should have spent less time bragging about her exploits and more time on how she helped those she damaged find healing, but then maybe that hasn't happened. Hamilton seems barely aware even now of the havoc she has spawned in her self-centered existence. T ...more
SUSAN   *Nevertheless,she persisted*
I was 3/4 of the way through this book and came to the conclusion that I just didn't give a damn. So,I quit.
Carry on and find a book worth reading.
I think this can go without saying, but this isn't a book to read for the melodious prose.

When I heard about Suzy Favor Hamilton's tribulations a few years ago I was shocked. Why would someone in her position choose to risk her reputation, her health, and her family by working as a high-end escort?

As a runner I'd admired Favor Hamilton's running career and what she had done for the sport. I (along with the rest of the public) had no idea about the mental health issues that plagued her family an
Jan 06, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
What to say about this book... hmm...
Okay, here goes:
1. Suzy doesn't narrate the book. She reads the Prologue and Epilogue and that's it. But after you hear the prologue, you realize you don't want her reading the whole book.
2. If you're into soft core porn, this is your book.
3. If you're into mothers abandoning their child, this is your book.
4. If you desire to be frustrated and want to smack the author upside the head, this is your book.
5. While I understand the importance of bringing to light
Debi G.
Did anything in this book shock or disgust me?
Yes. In this book, Suzy Favor Hamilton admits she faked a fall in her final, last-place-finish Olympic race.

This memoir seems to have been dictated to a ghostwriter or fixer. Discrepancies and pacing issues may be a product of Favor Hamilton's mental status, or they may be the result of a fatigued editor.

The book manages to simultaneously over- and under-explain, stopping short of answering easily anticipated questions about her double life, Ve
Marva Tutt
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just the right time!

I was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder after years of treating it as clinical depression. This book touched my heart in so many ways because it takes a great amount of courage to share your story. No embarrassment and stigma necessary!
Wow, just wow.

Its difficult to comprehend that this is a work of non fiction. Suzy delivers her story in a true matter of fact manner. As many stories dealing with mental health issues, this one shows how complex disorders are, and how difficult getting to a diagnosis can be. Even in the midst of her most destructive behaviors, it was hard for her and her husband to recognize that something was fundamentally wrong, or, probably more true to the fact, that self preservation was kicking in.

Misty Melsheimer
Suzy Favor Hamilton was my idol growing up, as she was for most girls at the time who ran cross country or track. When the story broke about her being an escort in Las Vegas, I didn't judge. I knew there had to be a reason behind it. I suspected it might have to do with being used to being in the spotlight and craving that sort of attention again. I've always thought it must be hard for pro-athletes when they retire. They're usually so young and left with a "what now?" despair.

When this book cam
Bon Tom
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is textbook of mental illness. Nothing more, nothing less. It's almost academic material. And it's honest, no holds barred testimonial. As such, it offers better, and as direct as possible, first person perspective insight into bipolar disorder.

Taking this into account, how anyone can rate this below 4 stars is totally beyond my comprehension. And the only reason even for that one star missing would be, in my case, that it ended a bit abruptly, possibly assuming that we all know what happe
Cathy Douglas
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, 2015
If you are locally famous, if you're devoted to pleasing your family, if you make your living by your wholesome reputation, if you trade on inspiration, if you want to sell real estate, if you want to make your parents proud, it's going to be a bad idea to moonlight as a prostitute. Doing this does, however, make for a hell of an interesting memoir.

So she gets off on having sex with strangers, what of it? She kind of sucked at real estate anyway.

The book covers the years of her running career,
Sep 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
I saw Suzy Favor Hamilton speak about this book on a recent episode of 20/20 and the story was so crazy I had to read more. Suzy was a runner who competed at two Olympics where she failed to seal the deal at clutch time. When all of the world's eyes were upon her she came in last in both Olympic races. Humiliated, she came home to Wisconsin with her husband and young daughter and became the number 2 escort in Las Vegas. Her undiagnosed bipolar depression took off on Zoloft and caused her to have ...more
Robbie Hodge
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm disappointed in the negative reviews, most of which appear solely as judgement of, and disdain for, another human's behavior, and not at all in recognition of the accurate depiction of one person's journey with mental illness. These reviews perpetuate the stigma associated with mental illness. The ideology behind this negativity is the predominant contributing factor for why those who suffer do so in silence and shame.

If you are committed to MISunderstanding mental illness in general, and m
Tara - Running 'n' Reading
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, bip ...more
Krusher Basta
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: running
Wow, what a bizarre story. Suzy Favor Hamilton’s life story is not like a roller coaster. It is more like the Tea-Cup ride at Disney. Just goes to show you things are not always as they seem. Great looks and world class athletic ability are no guarantee of happiness.

I am a runner from the Midwest; the great state of Michigan. I am about 5 years older than Favor Hamilton. I certainly remember her years running for Wisconsin and her early professional career. Not just because I am a big fan of run
Three time Olympic competitor for women's middle long distance running Suzy Favor Hamilton recounts her incredible athletic career which was sponsored by Reebok, Clairol, Proctor and Gamble and others, that afforded a lifestyle others can only wish for. "Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running From Madness" also covers the family avoidance, shame and overall stigma associated with mental illness in this candid and inspirational memoir.

Favor, a bright imaginative child always on the go, and unable to sit
Jul 11, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
An unlikable, self-centered woman tries to excuse her selfish, addictive behavior by using her bi-polar diagnosis. While focusing on herself yet again, she writes in great detail about her sexual exploits and never recognizing the hurt she caused.
Amazing words. Amazing story. This book moved me and made me want to spread my own story even more.
The best DVD commentaries come when the participants have had an opportunity to perspective thank to the passage of time. It allows for a more honest assessment of what worked, what didn't work and what could or should have done differently.

Listening to Suzy Favor Hamilton's Fast Girl, I kept feeling like I wish she'd allowed a little more time to pass before penning (or in this case ghost-writing) her autobiography. Hamilton spends large chunks of the book focusing on the highs she got from fi
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books
Call me crazy, but I am massively interested in the "Why?" of people who turn to prostitution. Was it the money? The status? Why stay in the life?

Maybe because I'm not athletic in any way, shape, or form, I've never heard of Suzy Favor Hamilton. Her book provided a very interesting view into her years growing up and and how mental illness was treated in her family. It chronicles her triumphs and failures on and off the track, but doesn't do a very good job at really explaining the help she recei
I don't feel like I can "rate" this book as it is an absolutely heartbreaking story about the authors real life. At times I was so angry reading this, I can't believe what she put her family through and as a mother myself, I couldn't imagine it. I wish they would have diagnosed her sooner so she didn't have to endure this awful pain. I am thankful she is healthy now, in body & mind. I hope her story helps someone else see potential signs of bi-polar disorder and that people don't read this story ...more
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
I hate writing reviews on books that are of actual people and their events and their perceptions, because it is judging someones experiences. I think the intent of the book was to express what it is like to have bipolar disorder, however the book is not about bipolar disorder. It seemed like it was just a chance to talk about exploits that she (Suzy) had, as half of the book focused on that. The other half focused on her running career. There was roughly a 2 page, "now I'm working through this, ...more
Oct 09, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Favor Hamilton seemed more interested in reliving the salacious details of her escort adventures than actually explaining how her mental illness drove her to them. She wrote as if her manic period lasted a year or longer without cycling into depression. I've never heard of a manic phase lasting more than six months or so. If she were really writing to help people understand her illness, why didn't she focus on questions about the illness instead of the behavior? ...more
May 10, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I realize that mental illness is a very devastating condition, and I feel for Favor Hamilton and many others who are undiagnosed/misdiagnosed. However, the bigger problem this author seems to have is narcissism. She brags about her glory days as a runner and her even more glorious days as a prostitute, while glossing over real issues like bulemia & abandoning her husband and child. This book seems to be another way of making herself the center of attention - it's very disturbing. ...more
Cindy H.
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Chris Russell
“Fast Girl – A life running from madness” – the memoir of Suzy Favor Hamilton
I saw the lady in front of me reading this book on a plane. I’m always curious as to what people are reading. I recognized it right away. Suzy Favor Hamilton was a contemporary of mine. I remember her being on the cover of Runner’s World in the 90’s when I started running again.
The media loved her. She was a talented athlete. She was a great brand ambassador. She was attractive. She was outgoing and engaging. She was a
A good, no-holds-barred book. Suffering from undiagnosed Bipolar Disorder the author lived a double life as an expensive call girl in Las Vegas until she was exposed in the media and finally got the help she needed. A riveting story. 3.5 stars.
Jul 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was going to be more running related but it was more about her life and her bipolar diagnosis. She continues to push the limits and take on extremes. There was just as much sex talk as running.

I did enjoy it and there was an opportunity to learn more about bipolar disorder.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read. Not great writing but interesting insight into bipolar disorder.
I have to admit I am rather ambivalent about this book. Like Hamilton, I am definitely not a judgmental person, and I don't agree that prostitution is wrong or should be illegal. I can see why some women would choose that lifestyle, and as long as everyone is cognizant of all the facts and they're all consenting adults, I don't see a problem.

The problem in this book is Hamilton's husband. Even though she apparently was very upfront about nearly everything that she did as an escort, I still can'
Rob Eelkema
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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