Fast Girls: A Novel of the 1936 Women's Olympic Team

Fast Girls: A Novel of the 1936 Women's Olympic TeamFast Girls Is A Compelling, Thrilling Look At What It Takes To Be A Female Olympian In Pre War America Rich With Historical Detail And Brilliant Story Telling, The Book Follows Three Athletes On Their Path To Compete And Win In A Man S World 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 GirlAcclaimed 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 Summer Games In Berlin, Nazi GermanyThis Inspiring Story Is Based On The Real Lives Of Three Little Known Trailblazing Women Olympians 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 In The Olympics, Chicago S Betty Robinson Competes As A Member Of The First Ever Women S Delegation In Track And Field Destined For Further Glory, She Returns Home Feted As America S Golden Girl Until A Nearly Fatal Airplane Crash Threatens To End EverythingOutside Of Boston, Louise Stokes, One Of The Few Black Girls In Her Town, Sees Competing As An Opportunity To Overcome The Limitations Placed On Her Eager To Prove That She Has What It Takes To Be A Champion, She Risks Everything To Join The Olympic TeamFrom 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 Her Aspirations Appear Impossible Until A Chance Encounter Changes Her LifeThese Three Athletes Will Join With Others To Defy Society S Expectations Of What Women Can Achieve As Tensions Bring The United States And Europe Closer And Closer To The Brink Of War, Betty, Louise, And Helen Must Fight For The Chance To Compete As The Fastest Women In The World Amidst The Pomp And Pageantry Of The Nazi Sponsored Olympics In Berlin Read an ARC for a cover quote enjoyed hugely Originally published on The Nerd Daily Review by Laura GlassmanFast Girls tells a remarkable story based on the lives of three young women Betty Robinson, Helen Stephens, and Louise Stokes, who were aspiring professional runners and who ultimately worked their way towards a place on the 1936 US Olympic track team for the Olympics in Berlin Author Elise Hooper draws readers into an absorbing novel about the lives, trials, and successes of each of these women as they overcame obstacles, worked Originally published on The Nerd Daily Review by Laura GlassmanFast Girls tells a remarkable story based on the lives of three young women Betty Robinson, Helen Stephens, and Louise Stokes, who were aspiring professional runners and who ultimately worked their way towards a place on the 1936 US Olympic track team for the Olympics in Berlin Author Elise Hooper draws readers into an absorbing novel about the lives, trials, and successes of each of these women as they overcame obstacles, worked towards their goals, supported each other, and ultimately made history.Read the FULL REVIEW on The Nerd Daily 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 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 Chock full of historical details and stories about various Olympians and the grand event itself, readers wil 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 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 Chock full of historical details and stories about various Olympians and the grand event itself, readers will love the stories of these strong, determined women.Forreviews, check out my Instagram account and my newsletter FAST GIRLS is an inspiring tale set in a time when the world viewed women as fragile and excitable, but Hooper s main characters, three tenacious, true to life young women comprising the 1936 women s track and field Olympic team, won t be subdued by societal expectations Instead, they follow their hearts and their dreams to Olympic gold This book was vibrant in its detailing and riveting in its story, and at times, I wanted to cheer Like Louise, Helen, and Betty, I raced to the finish line H FAST GIRLS is an inspiring tale set in a time when the world viewed women as fragile and excitable, but Hooper s main characters, three tenacious, true to life young women comprising the 1936 women s track and field Olympic team, won t be subdued by societal expectations Instead, they follow their hearts and their dreams to Olympic gold This book was vibrant in its detailing and riveting in its story, and at times, I wanted to cheer Like Louise, Helen, and Betty, I raced to the finish line Highly recommended I have always enjoyed the Olympics, the stories of the athletes and their journeys, and this book did not disappoint It certainly kept my interest with the different perspectives and story lines I enjoyed how the stories were all brought together in the end The women achieved muchthan what was expected of them and I loved that I would definitely recommend Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC and opportunity to review. When someone thinks of the 1936 Olympics, most people will associate it with Jesse Owens set against a tense political landscape They wouldn t be wrong he won 4 gold medals and became a legend But beyond that women were still fighting for acceptance as athletes as many felt that a woman s place was at home or believed in the myth that too much exercise would hinder a woman s ability to have children Fast Girls is a historical fiction novel that follows 3 women who participated in the 1936 B When someone thinks of the 1936 Olympics, most people will associate it with Jesse Owens set against a tense political landscape They wouldn t be wrong he won 4 gold medals and became a legend But beyond that women were still fighting for acceptance as athletes as many felt that a woman s place was at home or believed in the myth that too much exercise would hinder a woman s ability to have children Fast Girls is a historical fiction novel that follows 3 women who participated in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.The story starts several years prior, in 1928, where Betty Robinson is a competitor in athletics track and field Prior to 1928 women did not compete in track and field events and even then there were only 5 events they could enter But back at home there were other girls that were being inspired by this such as Helen Stephens and Louise Stokes.Through the years leading up to 1936 we follow each of their stories, but also learn and become engaged with a few other women athletes, such as Tidye Pickett who was the first African American woman to not only go to the Olympics, but be able to compete We follow their struggles to train and be coached, gender discrimination, racial discrimination and personal trials all leading up to the 1936 games, where religious discrimination was evident as well in Germany.Due to WWII, the Olympics were not held again until 1948 Several of the girls who might have gone onto compete again in 1940 were not able At the end there is an Afterword giving the reader details on each of the girls featured or mentioned in the story.While I enjoyed the subject and history of the story, the style or format of the book didn t win me over The dialogue or plot points felt awkward and stilted at times that left me feeling a little unengaged.Thanks to Netgalley and HarperCollins Publishes for the ARC and opportunity to provide an honest review 4 Olympic StarsThis is an interesting tale based on women who competed in the Olympics from 1928 1936 I was struck by how far we ve come in treating womenequal to men than during these times However, our work is not done as women athletes still don t get the same respect and support at the collegiate or professional level I was almost incredulous reading that at this time, men really thought that it was too hard physically and mentally for women to compete and no one wanted to see pictu 4 Olympic StarsThis is an interesting tale based on women who competed in the Olympics from 1928 1936 I was struck by how far we ve come in treating womenequal to men than during these times However, our work is not done as women athletes still don t get the same respect and support at the collegiate or professional level I was almost incredulous reading that at this time, men really thought that it was too hard physically and mentally for women to compete and no one wanted to see pictures of them exerting themselves Often these women couldn t even race in high school and there was an uproar if they trained with the boys.We hear about Betty Robinson who won gold in 1928 and then battles her way back after a terrifying plane crash We also read about Louise Stokes, one of the early pioneering black women in track and field I was appalled at the treatment she got at my Brown Palace hotel being forced to sleep in an attic room meant for servants when the other Olympians got regular rooms Also, the coach wouldn t race her on the relay team and picked slower white athletes to compete.Helen Stephens is also profiled, an amazing athlete, who at one point was accused of being a man because she was so dominant on the track There are some chilling scenes at the 1936 Olympics with top Germans including Hitler who wanted to meet the athletes Jesse Owens has a starring role of course.I really enjoyed reading about these ground breaking women If you enjoyed Boys in the Boat I think you would like this one.Thank you to NetGalley, Elise Hooper, and Harper Collins William Morrow for the chance to read a complimentary copy of this one A fascinating tale of the grit and determination of some of the women who pioneered in the Olympic arena Hooper deftly weaves figures like Betty Robinson, Helen Stephens, Louise Stokes, around the historic events of the Olympics in Amsterdam in 1928, Los Angeles in 1932, and the high profile games in Berlin in 1936 All three women faced obstacles The articles and letters documented by Hooper show a popular sentiment in society against women in athletic competitions Louise also faced racial d A fascinating tale of the grit and determination of some of the women who pioneered in the Olympic arena Hooper deftly weaves figures like Betty Robinson, Helen Stephens, Louise Stokes, around the historic events of the Olympics in Amsterdam in 1928, Los Angeles in 1932, and the high profile games in Berlin in 1936 All three women faced obstacles The articles and letters documented by Hooper show a popular sentiment in society against women in athletic competitions Louise also faced racial discrimination and Helen was abused as a child As we read their stories, we see their athletic gifts shining through polished by discipline and dreams The cover is a beautiful complement to the book and was reproduced from an old photograph This is historical fiction at its best For readers who enjoy Marie Benedict, Stephanie Thornton, and Kristin Harmel.Thank you to William Morrow and Edelweiss for a DRC in exchange for an honest review Fast Girls, a novel based on the real lives of several of the US first female Olympians is a 5 Gold Medal winner 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 I did This well researched novel depicts the extreme gender and racial bias, as well as other heart wrenching challenges these women faced, yet were also a source of inspiration and motivation Enhancing and moving along the story are the newspaper st Fast Girls, a novel based on the real lives of several of the US first female Olympians is a 5 Gold Medal winner 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 I did This well researched novel depicts the extreme gender and racial bias, as well as other heart wrenching challenges these women faced, yet were also a source of inspiration and motivation Enhancing and moving along the story are the newspaper stories, telegrams and other correspondence the author wrote and creatively used in between chapters Each of the characters was so interesting and many times I stopped reading to look upinformation about them Put this one on your July TBR Thank you author Elise Hooper for the ARC I was the lucky winner of a social media contest I raced through this fast paced novel on an exhilarating journey that begins with the humble beginnings of promising female runners and culminates in their inspiring and obstacle filled quests for Olympic glory I fell in love with the characters and their stories of determination, hope, friendship, grit, and the strength of the human spirit Perfect for readers who want to be motivated by strong women and their pursuit of seemingly impossible dreams.

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  • Paperback
  • 512 pages
  • Fast Girls: A Novel of the 1936 Women's Olympic Team
  • Elise Hooper
  • 01 January 2019
  • 0062937995