Monday, October 15, 2018

Review: What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen

What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen by Kate Fagan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kate Fagan takes readers into the world of a teen who, on the outside, looked like she had it all. Maddy Holleran grew up in a loving and supportive home, excelled academically, was an all-star athlete, and had many friends. Heading off to college wasn't an easy transition for Maddy, but none of her family or friends knew just how bad things had gotten for her. When Maddy tragically took her own life - those who knew and loved her were in shock.

Fagan reconstructs Maddy's emotional deterioration through access to her social media life, text messages, emails, and detailed interviews with family and friends. But this isn't just a tragic story of suicide, it's an exploration of the lack of access to mental health professionals on college campuses, a lens into the exponential growth of depression in teens, a study of the impact of social media/technology on mental health, and a book that should be read by teens, parents, and educators everywhere. Hopefully, Maddy's story will serve to start conversations that will be difficult and emotional, but simply must happen.

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