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Good for a Girl

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    • Lauren Fleshman
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May 16, 2024

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'Women's sports have needed a manifesto for a long time. With Good for a Girl we finally have one' Malcolm Gladwell

Lauren Fleshman was of the most decorated collegiate athletes of all time and a national champion as a pro, before becoming a coach for elite young female runners. Every step of the way, she has seen how our sports systems fail young women and girls as much as empower them.

Part memoir, part manifesto, Good for a Girl is Fleshman's story of falling in love with running as a girl, battling devastating injuries and self-doubt, and daring to fight for a better way for female athletes.

'Fleshman manages to deliver a sporting manifesto while also being a fine and engaging writer... There is a raw honesty at the heart of Good for a Girl' THE TIMES

'Needs to be read by anyone involved in women's sport' Adharanand Finn, author of The Rise of the Ultra Runners

'This is the book we've been waiting for' Kate Fagan, author of What Made Maddy Run

'A call to action in how we think about girls and women in elite sports' Emily Oster, bestselling author of Crib Sheet

'The invitation to have a long overdue conversation for a long overdue cultural shift' Alysia Montaño, Olympian, co-founder of &Mother, and author of Feel-Good Fitness

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  • Published: May 16 2024
  • ISBN: 9780349014401
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Press Reviews

  • Kate Fagan, author of What Made Maddy Run

    I tore through Lauren Fleshman's Good for a Girl. This is the book we've been waiting for: a coming-of-age story, told from inside our broken sports system-a system that was not built for the young athletes inside it, and certainly not for young women. Lauren's story is clear-eyed, passionate, nuanced, and unflinching; it will change the way you look at sports
  • Alysia Montaño, Olympian, co-founder of &Mother, and author of Feel-Good Fitness

    This book breaks open the door for caged conversations to protect the health and integrity of growing athletes. It not only needs to be in the hands of women-identifying athletes, but also their peers, coaches, and parents. It is the invitation to have a long overdue conversation for a long overdue cultural shift
  • Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers and David and Goliath

    Women's sports have needed a manifesto for a very long time, and with Lauren Fleshman's Good for a Girl we finally have one
  • David Epstein, bestselling author of Range and The Sports Gene

    Good for a Girl is much more than a great running memoir. It's a remarkably candid tale of self-doubt and self-belief; of entrepreneurship, family, money, competition, and-importantly-female physiology. (Turns out women are not just smaller men!) It's an important book that also happens to be a page-turner
  • Ariel Levy, author of The Rules Do Not Apply

    If someone held a gun to my head and said 'Run,' I'd say, 'Nah, just shoot me.' And yet I could not put down Lauren Fleshman's thoughtful, elegant memoir: a necessary look at what women endure and deserve from the sports they devote their lives to
  • Emily Oster, author of Expecting Better, Cribsheet, and The Family Firm

    Good for a Girl is simultaneously a moving memoir and a call to action in how we think about-and train-girls and women in elite sports. It's a must-read-for anyone who loves running, for anyone who has a daughter, and for anyone who cares about creating a better future for young women
  • Kate Manne, author of Down Girl and Entitled

    Lauren Fleshman's Good for a Girl is a lyrical, insightful, and timely meditation on women's sports, women's bodies, and the fundamental issues of social justice exposed and unsolved in the world of elite athletics. As someone who finds no joy in movement, I was moved and riveted from start to finish. A must-read for anybody
  • Peter Sagal, host of Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me! and author of The Incomplete Book of Running

    Lauren Fleshman serves as a guide to two worlds unknown to most of us: elite athletics, but also, and more importantly, the unjust system that gifts men with riches and fame but crushes the hopes and bodies of women. She is both a champion and a survivor, and anyone who cares about running, athletics, or women must listen to her
  • Emily Chappell, author of What Goes Around and Where There's a Will
    Lauren Fleshman fills us with righteous fury for the way women's sport has treated its athletes, and then offers us hope for the future. I finished this invigorating book feeling that I could take on the world - and that I had been handed some tools to get me started
  • Adharanand Finn, author of The Rise of the Ultra Runners
    Punchy, pacy and eye-opening, Good For A Girl is a book that needed to be written, and that needs to be read by anyone involved in women's sport
  • Shelf Awareness
    A superb memoir . . . [Fleshman] fearlessly exposes the often dark, demanding underbelly of female sports and how she believes it needs to be reformed . . . [Her] discussion of physiology and sports psychology enhance Fleshman's impassioned, deeply personal narrative. She beautifully balances the book with equal parts joy and victory, pain and heartache. Good for a Girl is a necessary, important read that will enlighten athletes of all genders, their coaches and those who cheer for them
  • Kirkus
    As [Fleshman] lays bare the price women pay for success in an athletic system that still favors males, she offers a thoughtful, much-needed plea for a more humane, gender-neutral sporting system. Inspirational and impassioned
  • Publishers Weekly
    Motivational . . . [Fleshman's] raw honesty when it comes to often taboo topics for professional female athletes (including menstruation and mental health struggles) is refreshing, as is her willingness to confront the ways professional racing 'folds and smashes women and girls into a male-based infrastructure.' Fleshman's determination stokes the competitive spirit in this rousing call to action
  • Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
    A moving coming-of-age memoir . . . The fast-paced, smoothly written narrative will resonate with student-athletes and is highly recommended for everyone involved with female athletes, from coaches to parents. Fleshman is a role model unafraid to share her vulnerability and advocate for gender equality
  • Women's Running
    Part memoir, part critique of a sports system built around a man's body, Fleshman offers a searingly candid look at her own victimhood and complicity, interlaced with compelling data and concrete ideas on how we can change this environment . . . Fleshman is an undeniably masterful storyteller, owning her own complicity in the system while holding others accountable, in a loving and nuanced way
  • Atlantic
    Good for a Girl is in part a memoir of Fleshman's failures and successes, but it's also a call to action for the coaches, parents, and young women of future athletic generations. Fleshman argues convincingly that it's essential for the sports world to disentangle physical suffering from self-worth. In 288 funny, honest, and sometimes-wrenching pages, she makes clear that empowering girls to better understand the need for balance between pain and elite performance is not only the ethical thing to do - it's essential to their health and career longevity
  • Washington Post
    A close-up look at the uncertain and often unhealthy climb toward stardom for women in organized sports . . . The rawness of Good for a Girl serves as a push to demand that the next crop of female athletes has it better