Fire on the Track

Alyssa McClure

3.5 Stars

November 18, 2017

"Physically, she could never be her old self, but she did not mind that, for mentally she did not feel like her old self, either."

I received a copy of this book from in exchange for an honest review. This was around 3.5 stars for me.

Despite reading as a fairly passive book the story picks up and it is an informative read. 

Following Betty Robinson and other runners like Helen Stephens this book talks about some of the first women runners in the Olympics and women who ran at the Olympics in Germany. This book focuses mostly on Betty and Helen and how they trained (or didn't train at times) as well as their personal lives. There's not really any dialogue and the writing feels removed from the people instead of a journalistic approach. Also despite talking about the Olympic games in Germany there's not as much of an assessment of the historical context as I was expecting or hoping for. 

While the book also delves into the personal lives of the women and talks about their sexuality there's also little reflection or exploration dedicated to that in this book. 

I learned a few things and enjoyed the read.