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[Read Pretty Good for a Girl] Ebook BY Leslie Heywood

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Read Pretty Good for a Girl Leslie Heywood ☆ 9 characters characters É E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ Leslie Heywood Ck she was certain of who she was But the world of sports was still a world uncertain of whether it wanted to allow girls in and Heywood ran headlong into the arms of her coach and then into a collegiate team whose standards for body fat percentages and diets and training left every athlete struggling with eating disorders and serious injuries from overuse She kept running and winning until she ran too far No one knew how to help her or stop her She almost ran herself to death until she had to learn to stopToday Heywood still loves the challenge of sports and she has found a way to live with a balanced relationship to her body and the world But as she looks at the explosion in the number of girl athletes around her she asks How can we make it safer for them than it was for meWith rare candor. I am torn between two and three stars The narrative was compelling enough to keep reading Indeed I finished in one dayan uncommon thing for me to do The lyrical prose and beautifully constructed sentences also kept me going There is an illusion of her digging deep into herself revealing hard earned truths However the message was as shallow as the author admitted to be

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Read Pretty Good for a Girl Leslie Heywood ☆ 9 characters characters É E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ Leslie Heywood And tremendous power Heywood's story reveals what is at stake for a generation of girls who have come of age since Title IX prohibited discrimination against women in federally funded school athletics Pretty Good for a Girl explores why girls need and want to participate in the American dream of competition and individual achievement; it also reveals the obstacles they still face such as traditional ideas about what girls should be which disfigure their competitive spirit and limit their potential Heywood's gripping memoir brings the untold story of female athletic experience to vibrant life She gives us a road map of possibilities a story of mistakes courage and determination that points to positive ways for girls to experience themselves in the world of sport that is fast becoming their o. I wouldn t have expected to enjoy a memoir from a woman jock to be this enjoyable but she had great insights into body image issues and what it means to be a woman in a male dominated field I really enjoyed this

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Read Pretty Good for a Girl Leslie Heywood ☆ 9 characters characters É E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ Leslie Heywood You are a girl You are a girl and you want to show the world what you're made of blood and steel and backbone guts So you start running Running so all those eyes who see just a girl will know what you can do Your legs take the hills eat up the road the sky the birds parts of your heart strong through your chest and then your throat stride by hungry stride And you do it really well too you run and run and run Better better best Breathe and deeper breathe Until the exhaustion creeps into your bones steals the fire from your face Sports is the uintessentially American dream ticket out of an unhappy life For Leslie Heywood champion high school miler running was just such an escape her feet flying away from a childhood filled with violence and enforced silence On the track she mattered on the tra. I thought that Pretty Good For A Girl would be right up my alley a women s studies y memoir about a young female track star in the 1980s soon after Title IX changed the landscape of high schoolcollege sports in the US However while there are some gems of insight into what it means to be a female athlete Pretty is too rambling and unstructured to be an enjoyable readI think my issues with Leslie Heywood s prose can be illustrated by this sentence from very early in the book We get up at four in the morning that hour like held breath just before the densest blackness starts to shift just before the mourning doves take over that brief space of cool hanging in front of the sun before it starts burning so tight you can t breathe The first half of the sentence is actually nicely phrased that hour like held breath is uite evocative But then the whole thing just unravels into nonsense Mourning doves Brief space of cool What Pretty is filled with poetic sentences that have not been checked for actual meaningIt also doesn t help that parts of the book are so vague that I wonder if Heywood writing 15 years after the fact could actually remember her high school days with any real clarityI think a good editor might have been able to rein in Pretty but it bears no evidence of an editor s eye There are multiple typos in the text and Dostoyevsky is even misspelled If you re going to pretentiously invoke a dead Russian author you should damn well be able to spell his nameDisappointing

  • Hardcover
  • 220
  • Pretty Good for a Girl
  • Leslie Heywood
  • English
  • 22 February 2019
  • 9780684850702