What Made Maddy Run - Kate Fagan

What Made Maddy Run

By Kate Fagan

  • Release Date: 2017-08-01
  • Genre: Psychology
5 Score: 5 (From 144 Ratings)


*Instant New York Times Bestseller*

The #1 New York Times Monthly Sports and Fitness bestseller

From noted ESPN commentator and journalist Kate Fagan, the heartbreaking and vital story of college athlete Madison Holleran, whose death by suicide rocked the University of Pennsylvania campus and whose life reveals with haunting detail and uncommon understanding the struggle of young people suffering from mental illness today.

If you scrolled through the Instagram feed of 19-year-old Maddy Holleran, you would see a perfect life: a freshman at an Ivy League school, recruited for the track team, who was also beautiful, popular, and fiercely intelligent. This was a girl who succeeded at everything she tried, and who was only getting started.

But when Maddy began her long-awaited college career, her parents noticed something changed. Previously indefatigable Maddy became withdrawn, and her thoughts centered on how she could change her life. In spite of thousands of hours of practice and study, she contemplated transferring from the school that had once been her dream. When Maddy's dad, Jim, dropped her off for the first day of spring semester, she held him a second longer than usual. That would be the last time Jim would see his daughter.

WHAT MADE MADDY RUN began as a piece that Kate Fagan, a columnist for espnW, wrote about Maddy's life. What started as a profile of a successful young athlete whose life ended in suicide became so much larger when Fagan started to hear from other college athletes also struggling with mental illness. This is the story of Maddy Holleran's life, and her struggle with depression, which also reveals the mounting pressures young people, and college athletes in particular, face to be perfect, especially in an age of relentless connectivity and social media saturation.


  • what made maddy run

    By open to learn
    Thank you for writing this important book. I highly recomment this book to young adults, parents, grandparents and teachers. It was especially interresting to learn about the affects of the technology and persona that is adopted as real by the users and readers alike. This book gave insight into the unknown personal battles that humans fight. Maddy looked for ways to escape her personal torture but her private agony remained just that: private. Her parents are brave. Five stars.
  • Powerful. Tragic.

    By Owen Gilbert
    So sad.
  • Pass on this one

    By Pegilicious
    The topic while very sad is very narrow for a book this long. What starts out as interesting becomes unending as you slog through the book. Also the writer spent far too much time writing about herself. Really? I bought this book to learn about Maddy. If I wanted to learn about the author I would have gotten her biography. When the story finally ended I found myself very depressed. I would not recommend this book to anyone. Not do I believe any author can write a memoir about someone they never met.
  • Maddie should have been the main focus on this book, not about the authors life

    By Miffytoby
    This book was very poorly written. It's main focus was on the author and her life. Not Maddison's. Which is a dishonor to her. I wanted to read all about Madison, not the author, and her life. I could have read the internet and her social media and gleaned more about her beautiful life then what this author wrote. May her beautiful soul Rest In Peace. And may you not write about another persons death, this book should have been all about Maddie, not the author.
  • Wonderful

    By Icefun1
    Thanks for putting your heart and soul into this book.