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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Exactly what I expected Aug. 1 2012
By Jessica - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I am confused by the reviewers who are saying this book isn't what they expected, that it's not about her swimming career. If you read what the book is about it states in black and white that it's about the personal demons she dealt with. How difficult she found her fame to actually be.

I found this book to be a wonderful read especially because I have a beautiful daughter who is a cutter. I now have a better insight as to what she's going through and feel that I can listen with a 'new ear'. While I will never be able to understand the emotions my daughter is feeling, I can look at what she is doing to herself in a different light and feel that I'll be able to support her even more. Thank you, Amanda, for putting yourself out there and writing this wonderful book!
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Very real & inspiring.... April 5 2012
By Sportsfan - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a must a sports fan, I have been in awe of Amanda Beard's talent. Little did I know what went on behind the scenes, she is 100% honest in her struggles & her journey to overcome them.
Truly inspiring!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The shallow end of the pool Jan. 16 2013
By meandvb - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Although the book is not well-written and contains poor grammar, I liked her story at first. Then I got to the part when she was rationalizing her Playboy appearance. I found it sad that it improved her self-esteem when she admitted the images were manipulated. Plus, how can an appearance in a magazine that degrades women be uplifting? What is her son going to think when he sees those photos? It made me realize that she's willing to do anything for money. I was disappointed in both the book and with her.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A behind the seen look Teen Depression and Cutting May 15 2012
By not66 - Published on
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In the Water they can't see you cry, gave me insight and understaning about teen depression and cutting. Little things that might go unseen to a parent or adult who isn't familiar with these issues. How a suppoetive family and professional help are so important to great recovery. A BIG Thank you to Amanda for telling her story, I'm sure that it wasn't an easy task to put down her wall and tell the world of her personal struggles.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Somewhat disappointed Aug. 3 2013
By Formerswimmer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As a former swimmer at a pretty high level (not Olympic, but national caliber and college scholarship),I found her portrayal of swimming and swimmers a little sad. The people I grew up and swam with (some were Olympians)were some of the nicest, funniest, and best group of people I have ever known. The parents are amazing, the kids were very close knit, and we had a blast growing up. I never thought of swimming as solitary sport, they were the best friends a person could ask for. So I find the portrayal of her club team to be sad and not true to life. The eating disorder aspect is very accurate and painful. Many of us did follow that path, but it mostly seemed to be triggered by the abrupt change from high school to college. It's really hard to figure out who you are when your very structured and busy life gets changed so drastically, and you no longer have your friends and family as support. But for the general population, going off to college is a big trigger for these problems as well. Anyway, I understand the turmoil and the resulting problems she had, but I feel she unfairly portrayed her fellow swimmers. I also feel like she inappropriately trashed two other public figures, who had no opportunity to tell their side of the story. Someone who is in the throes of bulimia and cutting is not the best companion (from a former bulimic, I would have found a relationship impossible during that time). They have their own issues and problems to bring to a relationship. I sympathize with the problems she faced, but feel her disclosure was too much when it came to her relationships.