Gym Candy by Carl Deuker

Genre:  Sports

Age Level:  14 and up

# of pages:  313 p.

RAC Book:  Yes

Mick Johnson wanted to be the starting running back on his football team from the moment his father put a football into his hands at the age of four.  Mick was raised to believe his father was a tremendous football player who played for the NFL, but later realizes he did not get the full story.  He vows never to make the same mistakes his father made.

In junior high Mick starts to really gain speed and agility, but finds he is not as strong as he would like.  He starts to lift weights constantly, but he has a difficult time exceeding his past personal goals.  His father offers to get him some time with a personal trainer at a nearby gym and Mick goes, despite his coach’s concerns that it would be better to work out with his own teammates.  His personal trainer, Peter, offers Mick some steroid enhancements that he refuses.  After Peter assures him that they are harmless and will give him unimaginable strength, he relents and vows to stop taking them when the football season begins.

Mick loves the power and strength he gets when he takes the steroids, but when it comes time to quit he wonders if he has the strength to do that.  Carl Deuker is one of the most popular sports writers around because he combines exciting sports moments with real people who have real problems.  His books are interesting for anyone, despite their athletic ability, and this one is another hit.  Recommended


66 Responses to “Gym Candy by Carl Deuker”

  1. 1 Cain Anliker October 21, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    This is a really good book. I recomend it to all sports fan.

    • 2 brandon November 4, 2010 at 11:58 pm

      Just checked gym candy out from the library sounds like a good book cant wait to read it.

    • 3 emily December 25, 2010 at 12:09 am

      i wasnt a sports fanatic but soon after i read the book i was im giving a book talk on it but i have some compition 2 boys r also doing it wish me luck

    • 4 landon January 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm

      this book was absolutely pointless and had no meaning

      • 5 Anonymous March 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm

        I think the point was that the lure of sports and success can be so strong that you will do whatever it takes to get to the top and that the consequences may be disasterous.

      • 6 June 2, 2011 at 2:52 pm

        i highly disagree it had a lot of meaning and it was a great book everyone i have talked to loved the book dont say anything about the book if your just going to be completely rude!

      • 7 Anonymous April 16, 2013 at 9:24 pm

        Then you do not know football. It was amazing and felt as if I were in the game again.

  2. 8 John H January 27, 2009 at 4:00 am

    I highly recommend “Everyone Hates a Ball Hog but They All Love a Scorer” if you are interested in a great sports YA book.

  3. 9 Anonymous March 16, 2009 at 6:25 am

    he creates a character that u can’t help but feel for and a person that you want to quit the steroids but at some moments you hate that character. Mick as a charater is so diverse. The books great….read it!

  4. 10 anonymouts March 28, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    i totally agree with what others have said. mick is just someone that you love. you want him to go to the parties and hang with Drew and Kaylee and all of them, but he just doesnt. you want him to get off the steroids, but peter just keeps on pusing him. on the last page before the epoluge my jaw dropped i couldnt beleive it. i has a surprising ending. this is a great book though. read it 🙂

  5. 11 Anonymous April 16, 2009 at 2:17 am

    Great book. I loved reading it. And if you do read it make sure to read the epilouge or else! anyways just wanted to say that it was a fantastic book and Carl Deuker is a great author!!!!

  6. 13 Whitneyyyy Kay :) May 8, 2009 at 1:09 am

    this is a AWSOME BOOK i read it for my book report at school you should read it its awsome 🙂

  7. 14 Anonymous August 5, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    yea the book is really intense and if you dnt read missin out because although your not on steroids you maay hav somethin els on ya plate that you tryin to hide but it wont be hidden forever..think about it. this book has a great moral to it

  8. 15 Diane September 4, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    This book kept me on my toes and made me think of how important and difficult a sport can be. I just wished he never did the steroids or at some point stop taking them. The end of the story kind of keeps me on the edge of my seat wondering if he’ll return to the steroids when he gets out of the facility. Overall this book was SUPER!!! I recommend all those in a sport to read this book.

    • 16 Julia September 29, 2011 at 2:33 am

      This was an awesum book!!! It’s like mixing adrenaline-packed sports with edge-of-your-seat drama!!! You dont have to be a sports fan to read this book, but it just so happens so it made it more exciting. love it love it LOVE IT!!!

  9. 17 Rayce Jackson September 18, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    This book gets u on the edge of ur seat.I don’t want to spiol the book for u u will have to read it for urself but i can tell u this is the best book i have ever read in my whole life.I recommend this book to anybody that loves sports.

  10. 18 Justin September 19, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Best book I’ve ever read. Carl Deuker is the best author. Gotta read High Heat if you liked this!

  11. 19 Nick Johnson September 23, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    The author in this book makes this book experience so great because evrything he says about high school football is absolutly true.

  12. 20 Brad October 14, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    One of the best book of all time in the 21st centery i wished it never ended and i did wish he got off the steroids

  13. 21 brennan November 4, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    this book was great! i’m trying to read it again!!!

  14. 22 bob November 10, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    This book was such a waste of my time

    • 23 anonymous March 1, 2010 at 12:40 am

      book was amazing dont know what ur reading

    • 24 Pseudonymly Correct, Erect(as in my back), and Perfect. April 10, 2010 at 12:51 am

      ur crazy if u think the book was a waste!!! i read the book and i HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE football books! but i luv the sport) and this book was awesome!!!!! but i can promise u i will never willingly read another football book again unless its written by carl deuker or if like 50 billion ppl threaten to take immediate physical action if i don’t read it.

    • 25 Anonymous May 27, 2010 at 2:53 am

      i cant believe u dont like it

    • 26 Cody Timmons May 9, 2011 at 6:09 pm

      you have got to be stupid bob 4real or your a nerd hahah no just joking it is an amazing book

    • 27 Anonymous July 19, 2011 at 9:31 pm

      this book was a waste of my time!! it was worse than reading the dictionary!!!

  15. 28 rob asseo November 17, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    this book is the best book in the world. i recommend it for all young adult readers

  16. 29 Elle November 17, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    I liked it a lot. It kept me at the edge of my seat! But the ending caught me off guard:( I still give it 5 stars though!

  17. 30 anonymous November 29, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    this book is really great im on part3 chapter 9 and this book is having want to read more and more i hope to finish in a couple days

  18. 31 Jeremy December 4, 2009 at 2:55 am

    It is a very good book. I liked it because it was intense and excitng.

  19. 32 Ryno December 13, 2009 at 4:00 am

    Is their going to be a sequale to this book??? One of the best books I have ever read!!!

  20. 33 Anonymous January 6, 2010 at 2:11 am


  21. 34 Lance January 30, 2010 at 1:01 am

    This book is the best book i have ever read…..ii read it twice already and ii think it is an excellent book for an underdog or person who is second string……and it made me think twice about steroids

  22. 35 devin alexander February 18, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    This is a very good book to read for running backs in football or any postion

  23. 36 maymay March 15, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    amazing book. everyone should read till the end

  24. 37 Anonymous March 30, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    absoulty a tremoundous book one of my favs. i have just finished heart of a champion by carl deuker that book has to be read as well there both great love them if u get a chance read them. i did and i hate to read…………………<3 Jocelyn

  25. 38 Anonymous April 12, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Awesome book I read it for English and absolutely loved it

  26. 39 Anonymous May 5, 2010 at 2:46 am

    Greatest book i’ve read hands down…I hate reading, i only read because of my english class, but i was reading this book anytime i got the chance. Definitley a great read.

  27. 40 Anonymous May 26, 2010 at 2:37 am

    how old is he im doing a school project on this book?

  28. 42 Anonymous May 27, 2010 at 2:57 am

    the best book ever. i cant believe he amazing but, i don’t know., awesome ending. it was sad how he turned up but i really hope theres a sequal

  29. 43 Anonymous May 31, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    one of the best books i have ever read

  30. 44 jdub July 19, 2010 at 4:21 am

    i personaly think gym candy is great from beginning to end the character mick is so real the way he says stuff in the story it makes you feel like your in the book your even watching a movie he explains every single detail and right before the epilogue my heart started pounding i started too feel so sad like after every thing mick did this is how it was gonna end up.You should read the book Gym Candy its great!!

  31. 45 LaBront October 14, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    This book was amazing! It made me feel as if I were and outsider actually looking in on Mick Johnson! Phonemonal

  32. 46 mfizzle carl November 2, 2010 at 12:13 am

    best book ever

  33. 47 TDubbs40 November 4, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Gym Candy is very good book

  34. 48 Taron November 29, 2010 at 3:26 am

    Ohmygoshhhh! Gym Candy is an amazing book! I couldn’t put it down. I got in trouble in all my classes for reading instead of doing the work! I would recommend this book to anyone!

  35. 49 "who wants to know" :) February 18, 2011 at 3:58 am

    to thumbs up for Gym Candy!!!!! 🙂 its a very good book… i really enjoyed it!!!!!!

  36. 50 Trevor February 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm


  37. 51 reader! March 2, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    this was such an amazing book! loved it!

  38. 52 JM May 23, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    This book was amazing. I couldn’t stop reading it and i dont even like reading. i recommend gym candy to everyone and u dont have to b a sports fan to read it either

  39. 53 Anonymous June 29, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    best book ive every read!

  40. 54 kena August 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    i lov this book

  41. 55 XxNoOtherxX August 1, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Loved it! It’s summer break and i had to read it for my book report and from the first chapter i was hooked. I thought i wouldn’t understand it because i know absolutly nothing about football but it explains everything so clearly.

  42. 56 Anonymous September 1, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    i loved this book it reminded me of my high school life when i also took steroids…. great times 🙂

  43. 57 Anonymous September 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    He tries to shoot himself, but because of recoil it skims his head. Mick then goes to a rehab center, and gets a 2nd chance at life. (just like real life)

  44. 58 Anonymous October 1, 2011 at 4:17 am

    cool book

  45. 59 dave October 20, 2011 at 12:55 am

    I was looking for a good mike lupica book about football and came across this its a good book except when mick gets hit by the car and becomes paralized

  46. 61 Anonymous November 3, 2011 at 2:35 am

    This book was outstanding could not put it down. Wich is werid because i’m not a sports person but i loved it it was unexpecting to me and i loved how Mick always tried to strive for the best.

  47. 62 Anonymous February 24, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    great book. ending was suprising

  48. 63 Anonymous March 21, 2012 at 12:11 am

    great book. i couldn’t it down. If you like sports books this book is just right for you.

  49. 64 Anonymous April 9, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    couldnt put this book down. it took me 3 hours to read the full book. its an amazing book.

  50. 65 Anonymous October 25, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    My class just finished reading this book it was amazing. The ending really shocked the class.

  51. 66 May 10, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Hey there! I just want to offer you a big thumbs up for the excellent information you have here on this post.
    I will be coming back to your blog for more soon.

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