Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything

By Aly Raisman , with Blythe Lawrence
Read by Aly Raisman  and Natalie Roy Camargo

unabridged

Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781478998051

  • ISBN: 9781478998020

Runtime: 8.24 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English

Summary

Summary

An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of 2017 for Young Adults

A School Library Journal Top Pick of Must-Read Nonfiction

Discover Aly Raisman’s inspiring story of dedication, perseverance, and learning to think positive even in the toughest times on her path to gold medal success in two Olympic Games—and beyond.

Aly Raisman first stepped onto a gymnastics mat as a toddler in a “mommy and me” gymnastics class. No one could have predicted then that sixteen years later, she would be standing on an Olympic podium, having achieved her dreams.

But it wasn’t an easy road to success. Aly faced obstacle after obstacle, including naysayers who claimed that she didn’t have the talent to compete at an elite level and classmates who shamed Aly for her athletic body. Through it all, Aly surrounded herself with supportive family, friends, and teammates and found the inner strength to believe in herself and prove her doubters wrong. In her own words, Aly shows what it takes to be a champion on and off the floor, and takes readers on a behind-the-scenes journey before, during, and after her remarkable achievements in two Olympic Games—through her highest highs, lowest lows, and all the moments in between.

Honest and heartfelt, frank and funny, Aly’s story is enhanced with never-before-published photos, excerpts from the personal journals she’s kept since childhood that chronicle memorable moments with her teammates, and hard-won advice for readers striving to rise above challenges, learn to love themselves, and make their own dreams come true.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An accessible memoir, of an inspirational bent…with some vital, tender discussion of her experience of sexual assault included as well. It’s a book of (appropriately) fierce advocacy.” Entertainment Weekly
“Although her route was taxing, uplifting, exhilarating, frustrating, disappointing, and downright painful at various times, Raisman stayed the course and in the process succeeded and learned a great deal about herself as an individual and as a team player. The book concludes with a sensible “fierce guide to life” list. Verdict: Raisman’s inspiring and enlightening story belongs in every teen biography collection.” School Library Journal
“Her inspirational story for young gymnasts becomes a cautionary tale about the importance of speaking up when something—or someone—is making you uncomfortable.” Publishers Weekly
“One of the most decorated American gymnasts details her life in and out of the gym…It’s difficult to read about the physical injuries and the mental pressure Raisman places upon herself, yet her love for gymnastics always shines through. An appealing, readable memoir for more than just future gymnasts.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Aly Raisman

Aly Raisman is a gold-medal-winning Olympic gymnast who captained the US team to victories in 2012 and 2016. She has won six Olympic medals overall and was a member of two gold-medal-winning world championships teams. Tracing her love for the sport back to a “mommy & me” gymnastics class she took as an eighteen-month-old, she is a leader on and off the floor and a fierce advocate for body positivity.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 8.24
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English