Fast Girls is a historical fiction novel that follows 3 women who participated in the 1936 B.
From Missouri, Helen Stephens, awkward, tomboyish, and poor, is considered an outcast by her schoolmates, but she dreams of escaping the hardships of her farm life through athletic success. Acclaimed author Elise Hooper explores the gripping, real life history of female athletes, members of the first integrated women’s Olympic team, and their journeys to the 1936 summer games in Berlin, Nazi Germany. I would definitely recommend the book to anyone who appreciates historical fiction.
— Jane Healey, bestselling author of The Beantown Girls A vivid tale of 1950s India and the choices 17-year-old Lakshmi makes to survive. These women must each overcome their own personal obstacles and roadblocks in order to have their time on the Olympic track and defy those who think women (and people of color) should not compete. This inspiring story is based on the real lives of three little-known trailblazing women Olympians. She made Stephens and another farmer in Helen's town into a caricatures of mean and ignorant hillbillies. An incredible story of dangerous and secret friendships, ambition, betrayal, and sacrifice.
After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Learn more about the program. Fans of book The Boys in the Boat and the movie Race, about Jesse Owens, as well as runners and Olympic fans will love this book. My thanks to @williammorrowbooks for the advance reader in exchange for my honest review. This was a wonderful read as we learn about what women went through in order to be accepted and allowed in sports, leading to the Olympics. Her research is outstanding, while at the same time you do not feel like you are reading a book about research. The cover is a beautiful complement to the book and was reproduced from an old photograph. Read an ARC for a cover quote; enjoyed hugely! A moving mother-daughter saga, Mina Lee illustrates the devastating realities of being an immigrant in America.
This inspiring story is based on the real lives of three little-known trailblazing women Olympians.
Each of the characters was so interesting and many times I stopped reading to look up more information about them. Acclaimed novelist Elise Hooper explores the gripping, real-life history of female athletes, members of the first integrated women’s Olympic team, and their journeys to the 1936 summer games in Berlin, Nazi Germany. The Other Alcott was her first novel. Fast Girls, a novel based on the real lives of several of the US’ first female Olympians is a 5 ⭐️ Gold Medal winner. I highly recommend this book to other people interested in the Olympics. After many years at the heart of division one College Athletics, I can tell you, You have no idea, But this book might give you an inkling. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Perfect for readers who love untold stories of amazing women, such as The Only Woman in the Room, Hidden Figures, and The Lost Girls of Paris. I was absorbed in this story and fully rooting for each athlete. Shop now! Tracing the lives of three amazing women, Betty Robinson, Louise Stokes and Helen Stephens, this is the story of women’s Olympic track and field from the 1928 games in Amsterdam, followed by the 1932 events in Los Angeles, and culminating in the drama that unfolded in Hitler’s Germany at the 1936 games. Highly recommend. Like Louise, Helen, and Betty, I raced to the finish line.
It was no Boys in the Boat which I LOVED- now that was well paced and gripping and well written. Something we hope you'll especially enjoy: FBA items qualify for FREE Shipping and Amazon Prime. - Real Simple, "Fast Girls is a high-speed romp as ambitious and heart-pounding as its trio of track-star heroines...A gold medal read from Elise Hooper!" Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2020, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 25, 2020. Now a Reese Book Club Pick! Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. “ Fast Girls is a compelling, thrilling look at what it takes to be a female Olympian in pre-war America...Brava to Elise Hooper for bringing these inspiring heroines to the wide audience they so richly deserve.”—Tara Conklin, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Romantics and The House Girl A very good book that kept me turning the pages. Elise Hooper does a good job of melding historical facts with imagined behavior, as far as readability is concerned. The book will make you sad and glad that times have changed for women and their rights since the 30’s. Perfect for readers who love untold stories of amazing women, such as The Only Woman in the Room, Hidden Figures, and The Lost Girls of Paris. I did. Eager to prove that she has what it takes to be a champion, she risks everything to join the Olympic team. 4.5/5 stars. Fast Girls shines the light on three little-known American female Olympians who doggedly pursue their dreams to compete in the Nazi-sponsored 1936 Berlin Olympics, the first integrated Olympics.
When we think of the 1936 Olympic Games in Germany, it is the great Jessie Owens who springs to mind. For instance, in the afterward she admits that Helen Stephen's father wasn't as mean as she made him in the novel. Please try again. Destined for further glory, she returns home feted as America’s Golden Girl until a nearly-fatal airplane crash threatens to end everything. Most of us take for granted the participation of men and women of all races in these competitions. This book is very loosely based on facts. I wish that this had contained more during their time at the Olympics, as this was under Nazi territory and had some very interesting run-ins with major players. It’s been said that people must walk so that others can run.
Definitely a read as will recommend and not just during Olympic years. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. This was a compelling story about three women from different walks of life that compete in the Nazi sponsored 1936 womens Olympics. Will be reading some of the biographies quoted at the end. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. The story depicts each of the women’s stories as they come into their own as athletes and finally meet together to join the 1936 Olympic track team held in Nazi-run Berlin, Germany. Thank you author Elise Hooper for the ARC. I loved this book. Ms. Hooper creates a very easy to read page turner and still tells the story about these amazing women. Fast Girls is a historical fiction novel that follows 3 women who participated in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. It was no Boys in the Boat. Loved this book! Instead, they follow their hearts and their dreams to Olympic gold. The articles and letters documented by Hooper show a popular sentiment in society against women in athletic competitions.
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