A very interesting and well written book, highlights the issues of bulimia, self-harming and controlling relationships. Gives an honest and very moving account of a high profile sports person and the pressures she faced. A great read.
I picked up this book because my daughter is an avid swimmer and thought of recommending it to her after I finished reading it. Unfortunately, the book meandered along not focussing on the inspirational aspects of a swimmer's life. It dwelled on swimming only in patches and on many occasions on the unsatisfactory nature of coaching that Amanda got from a few of her coaches. There is little in terms of discussing the mental make up before competitions, what set apart Amanda from the crowd apart from sheer physical capability etc. No inpiring nuggets at all. Instead, it focussed on her pathetic life with her boyfriend Ryk, a couple of other flings before finally settling down with her husband Sasha - an in between discussing her various encounters with drugs and self-harming escapades.
Autobiographies are not merely an account of lives but of insights into their lives, the thoughts that went into making them who they were, the struggles, the achievements, the highs and the lows and how they were dealt with etc. I saw very little of these in Amanda's very ordinary book.