Overview: Refusing to fit into one box, Alexi Pappas is not only an Olympic distance runner, but also an actress, filmmaker, and talented writer as demonstrated in this recent memoir. Pappas recounts both the highs and lows of her life, including her journey to the Olympics, losing her mother to suicide at a young age, her struggles with post-Olympic depression and body image, as well as her search for strong female role models. At times, this collection of vignettes and essays reads like a self-help book as Pappas shares compelling advice through personal stories. Pappas also demonstrates her talent as a poet as she peppers her story with inspirational quotes and quirky poetry such as, “If an oyster can turn sand into pearls, I can turn myself into anything”.
Why We Love It: Along Pappas’ journey to find empowering female role models she becomes one herself as she inspires readers to chase their dreams, take care of their minds and their bodies, and grow from the obstacles that life throws their way. Pappas’ ideas on healthy female athletes are particularly insightful as she emphasizes the importance of long-term health over short-term fitness. Inspiring, entertaining, and heartfelt, this memoir is a must-read for both athletes and non-athletes alike.
Content Includes: Suicide, depression, and self-harm.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/52321511-bravey