• Ms. Coffey

"Brave Enough" by Jessie Diggins

Updated: Mar 13, 2020

3.5 out of 5 stars

Published by Univ Of Minnesota Press on March 10th, 2020

296 pages

Genre: Biography

Format: ebook via. NetGalley

Read in 4 weeks

Read in 6 sittings

Sat on TBR for 1 month

"In Brave Enough, Jessie Diggins reveals the true story of her journey from the American Midwest into sports history. With candid charm and characteristic grit, she connects the dots from her free-spirited upbringing in the woods of Minnesota to racing in the bright spotlights of the Olympics. Going far beyond stories of races and ribbons, she describes the challenges and frustrations of becoming a serious athlete; learning how to push through and beyond physical and psychological limits; and the intense pressure of competing at the highest levels. She openly shares her harrowing struggle with bulimia, recounting both the adversity and how she healed from it in order to bring hope and understanding to others experiencing eating disorders." (Goodreads)


Thank you NetGalley and Univ of Minnesota Press for a copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Jessie Diggins tells her inspirational story of her love for skiing and her Olympic Career. She also reveals her struggles and hardships she had to face on her way to success. (+1)

But I have to be honest; I didn't finish the book after I reached halfway. There was just too much going on in between the most significant moments of her life. (+0)

Brave Enough has a powerful voice where I can almost hear her speaking the book to me. I can hear her bubbly and positive attitude seeping through the pages. (+1)

Diggins writes in a way that reminds me of an interview. She gives straightforward information about the events in her life and how they made her feel. Some parts were slightly confusing due to a lack of explanation. But for the most part, I could create a picture in my head. (+1)

She is also all over the place with her organization. (It's like when you're listening to someone tell a story, and they are excited, and they are all over the place with their story.) I recognized this because I do it all the time. For the most part, I thought that was genuine, raw, and real, and it felt like she was telling the story to me specifically, but at some points, I questioned if some of the details were necessary for the book. (+.5)

My favorite part was the pictures in the middle. It gave great insight into the elements of happiness, family, hard work, determination, and historical moments in sports.

My least favorite part, and the one that made me stop reading, was the comments of the White House meeting after she won her second goal medal. (This is her autobiography, and she can write WHATEVER she wants about her life, thoughts, and feelings, and I'm not trying to take that away from her al all.) I am not a political person, and I hate it when either side of the political spectrum interjects the opinions on others. It makes me very uncomfortable. It's not like I don't agree, I feel like those are private thoughts, and I don't need to hear them.

If you are looking for a sports biography, for historical women in sports, then check out Brave Enough available March 10th, 2020.

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