Fast Girl: A life spent running from madness is a book pick from a book club I am in. 

I wasn’t familiar with Suzy Favor Hamilton before reading this book, but her story did sound familiar from an episode I caught on Oprah… and woah – this is one of the wildest stories I’ve ever read… and it’s a true story!

Fast Girl by Suzy Favor Hamilton Book Review

fast girl book reviewFast Girl Book Summary

During the 1990s, three-time United States Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton was the darling of American track and field.

An outstanding runner in high school and afterward, 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 her best 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 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 as a high-end escort 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 finally got the proper medical help she needed.

In this startling frank memoir, she recounts the journey to outrun her demons. She reveals how a woman used to physically controlling her body learned to come to terms with her unstable mind.

It is the real-life story of how a supreme competitor scored her most important victory of all. That victory is reclaiming her life from the ravages of an untreated mental illness.

Thanks to diagnosis and therapy, Kelly has stepped into the shadows. Today, Suzy is building a better life, one day at a time.

Sharing her story, Suzy is determined to raise awareness, provide understanding, and offer inspiration to others coping with their own challenges.


Click here to buy Fast Girl on Amazon

Fast Girl book summary and review

My Book Review for Fast Girl

This book is so interesting.

You don’t know it at first, but you get an inside look at mental illness from an angle you usually don’t.

Her entire story is wild, her husband is a saint, and this book will leave you speechless.

One thing that did surprise me was the author’s lack of regret for her life decisions.

I understand mental illness was driving her behavior, but she didn’t regret getting mental health help earlier than she did.

My Fast Girl Rating

I give Fast Girl 5 out of 5 stars. 

I’m also sharing these book reviews on my new podcast, Christina Reads All Day, and on YouTube too.

Be sure to subscribe to listen and watch.

To keep up with me and what I’m reading, make sure you follow me on GoodReads by clicking here. You can also keep up with my book reviews right here on my blog, on my digital bookshelf, or on Instagram at @ChristinaAllDay.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

hey there.

I'm Christina!

meet the blogger

 a millennial mom here to inspire you to live your best life without feeling anY mom guilt.

Thanks for stopping by for my unfiltered approach to family and lifestyle where I share what helps me run my family, business, and life while being lazy AF as often as possible. (Bubble bath, anyone?)



Shopping on Amazon is my jam. It’s where I get just about everything - and today, I’m sharing my greatest finds with YOU!

18 Things you Need to Order on Amazon RIGHT NOW

grab now →