Gym Candy by Carl Deuker is my latest read. In fact, I finished it about ten minutes ago. As you may guess from the title, this book deals with steroid use.
Mick Johnson is a high school student who lives for football, and he’s determined to do whatever he can to keep his edge, and I do mean anything. He gets caught up in the controversial world of steroids, and things begin to spiral out of control. There is no happy ending here. I don’t want to give too much away, but I got the sense that Mick is more messed up than anyone knows.
This is a very powerful book and has the potential to start some meaningful conversations between athletes, coaches, parents, and teachers. I hope to share this book with the football coaches and players at my school. Gym Candy is an excellent book with an important message.