Gym Candy

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.

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