IN THE WATER THEY CAN’T SEE YOU CRY by Amanda Beard and Rebecca Paley

content

At the tender age of fourteen, Amanda Beard walked onto the pool deck at the Atlanta Olympics carrying her teddy bear, Harold, and left with two silvers and a gold medal. She competed in three more Olympic games, winning a total of seven medals, and enjoyed a lucrative modeling career on the side. At one point, she was the most downloaded female athlete on the Internet.

Yet despite her astonishing career and sex-symbol status, Amanda felt unworthy of all her success. Unaware that she was suffering from clinical depression, she hid the pain beneath a megawatt smile. With no other outlet for her feelings besides the pool, Amanda expressed her emotions through self-destructive behavior. In her late teens and twenties, she became bulimic, abused drugs and alcohol, and started cutting herself.

Her low self-esteem led to toxic relationships with high-profile men in the sports world. No one, not even her own parents and friends, knew about the turmoil she was going through. Only when she met her future husband, who discovered her cutting herself, did Amanda realize she needed help.

Through her renewed faith in herself; the love of her family; and finally the birth of her baby boy, Blaise, Amanda has transformed her life. In these pages, she speaks frankly about her struggles with depression, the pressures to be thin, and the unhealthy relationships she confused for love. In the Water They Can’t See You Cry is a raw, compelling story of a woman who gained the strength to live as bravely out of the water as she did in it.

Rating

Sex:

Bullying/Violence:

Suspense/Horror:

Language:

Alcohol/Drugs:

Alternative Lifestyle/LGBT:

Naughty Little Tidbits: "Hollywood" Teenage Behaviour, Disturbing Behaviour, Disrespect Loving Authority Figures, Disrespect Rules/Laws, Bad Role Model

Review

Writing Style:

Plot:

Main Characters:

Overall:

Would I recommend this book for...
Teenagers?No
Adults?Yes

Comments: This is a hard one for me because I was completely fascinated with the truth of this book. Not only because of the insider details about an Olympian but the inside of Amanda. She was very open in this book about her motivations, her actions, her thoughts and feelings. Because of this, this book is graphic. Amanda has many demons but in the end she figures out how to live with them and she even slays of few. So it's good road but a hard, graphic road.

Leave a Reply

Visit Us On TwitterVisit Us On FacebookVisit Us On Google PlusVisit Us On Pinterest