I’ve been wanting to read Fast Girl by Suzy Hamilton ever since I saw all the buzz a few months back upon it’s release. When Wendy (Taking the Long Way Home) mentioned it was her pick for her virtual book club this month, I knew I was in. I admit I have not been reading as much as I used to so I purchased the hardcover and took it along on my Aruba vacation.
Fast Girl is not about running but it is a fast read for sure. I was immediately sucked into the salacious story and basically binge read it. This book brought out the old psychotherapist in me. I have a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work and back in the day I worked in an eating disorders clinic.
From the interviews that I saw on TV, (here on Good Morning America) Suzy Hamilton wrote this memoir to draw attention to the fact that she suffered from Bipolar disorder that went untreated for years. She believes her bipolar disorder led her to lead the life she did and spiral out of control.
Fast Girl is a text book case of narcissism among other personality disorders. Suzy Hamilton writes about her rise to elite runner status as an NCAA runner in college. She describes know how quickly rose to elite status while having the “best” boyfriend (and later husband), “best” coach and “huge” contracts with all the big brands. She talks a lot about the thrill she got posing for magazines and realizing what an amazing body she had.
She obviously was a very talented runner who won a spot on the US Olympic Team 3 times however, in my opinion, this did not seem to be enough for her. She craved attention and couldn’t get enough. She describes having the most amazing supportive husband but soon that was not enough either.
Once having her child and moving back to the suburbs of Wisconsin, she quickly became bored with life and her marriage. Somehow, she convinces her husband that it would be a great idea for her to become an escort in Las Vegas. She writes about her husband totally supporting her “need” to explore this side her. She then becomes the most “sought after and highly rated” escort in Vegas while her husband stays home taking care of their child. I had a really hard time believing he was on board with her lifestyle as she describes.
She relates in detail her numerous encounters with the “most important” clients in Vegas and how easy it was for her to make money because her body was so spectacular. She basically continues this behavior until she is found out by a journalist. Even now that she is in treatment, she doesn’t seem to have much regret about her behavior.
Fast Girl a fascinating, and steamy book to read on many levels. I was disappointed that the author essentially used her mental illness as an excuse for her behavior and even at the end of the book never really talks about her recovery at all. She includes a few sentences at the beginning of each chapter about realizing she was suffering from mental illness but does not elaborate on it or offer any advice on how someone else could get help.
As the reader of her memoir, I felt like I had stumbled across someone’s exaggerated, embellished diary. If you are looking for a “fast” entertaining read, I highly recommend this book. You can find it on Amazon here (affiliate link).
I am so glad that I participated in the virtual book club with Wendy! Check out all the link ups on her blog.
Next month Wendy has chosen
Looks like another winner to me! I’ve already ordered it myself.