Godspeed by Casey Legler


“Raw and poetic…lean and ferocious.” —The New York Times“I swim for every chance to get wasted—after every meet, every weekend, every travel trip. This is what I look forward to and what I tell no one: the burn of it down my throat, to my soul curled up in my lungs, the sharpest pain all over it—it seizes and stretches, becoming alive again, and is the only thing that makes sense.”At fifteen, Casey Legler is already one of the fas...

Details Godspeed

Release DateJul 10th, 2018
PublisherAtria Books
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction

Reviews Godspeed

  • Shane
    I was waiting to read this book from the moment it was announced and I am not disappointed. That was definitely the best birthday gift from me for me I have ever made. The language and the style was deeply moving, very picturesque, sad, cloudy and poem-like at many parts. There were also lines where it was more informal which has made the text more realistic. I have never even learnt how to swim in my life and it was never a goal for me. I used t...
  • Jennifer Doyle
    This is an astonishing book. It's a memoir like On the Road is a memoir. Or Close to the Knives. Which is to say this is LITERATURE. Legler breaks sentences wide open — it's intensely poetic. Closest thing to it, in terms of sports literature, is "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner" — but where that work is claustrophobic, this work is psychedelic and intensely sensual. It's much much more than an athlete's memoir  — it is a docum...
  • TiSh
    Not at all what I was expecting. Tireless and heartbreaking. Style and tone are vastly different from how Casey comes across in interviews.
  • Adina
    I devoured this book and look forward to reading it again. It is both a heart breaking and uplifting memoir. Knowing and accepting yourself is difficult. No matter who you are. I am thankful that Casey shared her story and I hope she shares more in the future. Thank you, Casey Legler.
  • Desiree Fernandez
    Legler is painting with words— her writer’s hand is so unique and beautiful. This book is both tragic and stunning— it’s one of those books that you’ll want to read from cover to cover immediately. I’m anxiously awaiting the next thing she writes!