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Summary

An inspiring memoir for anyone who's been knocked down and came up swinging

Paige VanZant is a rising Mixed Martial Arts star in the UFC's women's strawweight division and holds a reputation for her ability to defeat obstacles and brutal fights in and out of the octagon. But long before she was a world-class fighter and winning over fans with her unlikely strength, Paige battled her own private demons. Rise is the story of her fight to become a bone-breaking competitor. It is the deeply moving and soul-inspiring journey of a warrior who transformed her pain into power and became one of the toughest women in the world.

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©2018 Paige VanZant (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"MMA fighter Paige VanZant had to defeat obstacles in and out of the Octagon." (ESPN.com)

"Paige VanZant is some warrior....the journey VanZant has had to endure before reaching the bright lights of the UFC is what makes her truly remarkable....VanZant conveys the fear, anxiety, and hopelessness that consumed her during those years with such stirring honesty.... [Rise] provides other[s] vital hope that recovery and survival can be achieved. Paige VanZant is a hero and an inspiration. Her story of remarkable courage and survival needs to be read." (TheSportsBookClub.com) 

"[A] book about surviving the face of evil." (MMA Mania) 

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a great listen


good story and incredibly touching
Paige is a wonderful example of how people can keep going and make something good from anything, even the most terrible and scarring experiences
an example that means a lot to me
even if those experiences still infuriate me

i would recommend this to nearly anyone

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Absolutely phenomenal

I absolutely loved it and it resonated with me so much. Thank you so much Paige for an amazing insight.

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Fantastic insight into a fighter

What an incredible book. Paige has had quite the troubled life and it is fantastically documented here. Highly recommended.

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Just awesome.Be prepared to cry tough guy.
Having the balls to fight or having the balls to tell her story.
Paige has more than enou
God bless her

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Excellent moving and inspiring

great story very motivational moving and meaningful. highly recommend for young women or men 👐

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  • KCR's Mom
  • 12-04-18

A strong woman!!

I was surprised by the horror she has survived, and it was difficult to listen to those parts, just because they are so horrific. But her rise is inspiring. Can’t wait to see what she does next!

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  • Ryan
  • 04-12-18

Loved it

I gained a much larger appreciation for who PVZ is. It was a great story. She admitted having thoughts that are beyond taboo. But she was honest about her anger and depression and it showed. Good for her!

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  • Laura
  • 19-10-18

Paige shows us what it is to Rise

I absolutely love this book and the message that it sends to everyone. I had no clue what she went through as a young kid and what she overcame to succeed. This book is a must read and should be read in schools to eliminate bullying.

Chole Cannon did good bringing emotions and life to the book. It was easy to listen too and was overall enjoyable!

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  • Abraham
  • 08-08-18

a bullied down depressed girl to a fighter badass!

A wonderful story of a young cheerful innocent girl who had a big head start when coming into high school and then her peer became extremely jealous of her head start that she became very bullied and put down by it. Then the jocks became friends with Paige for a bit until the jocks drugged and raped her. that led Paige into a very insecure depressed and was weak to fight back the MASSIVE bullying and no one was there to help her.
I never thought that pretty girls could get Massively bullied. I thought pretty girls gets everything handed to them and everyone will be nice to them. It totally disheartens me to hear that pretty cheerful girls can get incredibly abused.
She did had 2 boyfriends in the story, one was a very genuine good guy, and the other a very aggressive mean guy that has physically aggressive on paige. U will need to read the story to find out!!
Then Paiges dad suggested her she start working out at a local MMA gym which her MMA career began . MMA taught Paige to fight back and beat up any adversary or bully that stands in her way.
As Paige grew up with Hate comments from bullies, now she became a star fighter and now received admiration from fans!

It was a Great story!

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  • Phanie
  • 23-05-18

Amazing

Great read, I liked her before now I love her ! Amazing human and a great fighter !

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  • Ruth Ondrusek
  • 30-04-18

Great Communication of experiences

Would you consider the audio edition of Rise to be better than the print version?

This book provided exceptional insight to the long-lasting effects of bullying and also how to "rise" from the depths. High;y recommend it!

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  • barbara reyes
  • 23-04-18

Inspirational story for women and girls

Paige shares her life story for girls and women everywhere. Brutally honest about her life story. Great book for anyone who has ever been bullied or left out or assaulted.

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  • Clayton Reed
  • 28-01-21

Eye Opening

I never knew how much Paige went through. My respect for her grew tremendously. She's an inspiration and this book is amazing.

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  • Solaris Night
  • 11-01-21

So inspiring!

Such an inspiring story. Being bullied myself, I can relate to a lot of what she went through and she gave me hope to carry on with my own goals and endeavors. Paige has totally become my role model! You definitely need to read this book!

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  • Charles Kirkland
  • 06-05-19

Absolutely the best book I’ve read in years

I can’t remember the last time I other than the Bible that I’ve read a book that has this much impact on my life.

About the audio version and I’m going to order a physical version as well because this is a truly life-changing book