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Gym Candy

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  3,546 ratings  ·  562 reviews
Award-winning author Carl Deuker explores fair play versus the determination to win and the issues surrounding one teen's decision to cross the line. "Look, Mick," he said, "you're going to find out from somebody in the gym, so you might as well find out from me. Those supplements you're taking? They might get you a little bigger, but just a little. If you're after serious...more
Kindle Edition, 325 pages
Published September 22nd 2008 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (first published September 3rd 2007)
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Dec 04, 2008 Anderson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sports lovers ( preferably Football lovers)
Recommended to Anderson by: No one i found it one day just looking around
Nick Anderson

Mrs. Baltz

Pre-AP English 10

5 December 2008

Gym Candy by Carl Deuker

All his life Mick Johnson has lived and breathed football. He has dreams of one day being like his dad and being the superstar. His dad has been workin with him since he was four, taking him to all the best camps, teaching him the best moves, and teaching him the most important thing; there is no crying in football.

Mick starts his career playing pop warner football when he is little. He goes through his early life...more
There is a kid named Mick he was born with football in his blood. He was tall, has brown hair, and is one of those kids that was considered to be a jock. Mick lived in Colorado. He was always waiting for the next season and the next touchdown that he was going to make. The only thing that he didn't have was the strength and all of his coaches told him that. He kept working really hard and his coaches gave him the chance to play at the last game, and of they won his team would be named the champ...more
Trae Wells
The book Gym Candy was about a teen whos name was mick. Micks father played football and made it pro and he pushed mick to be just like him. Mick all through his younger years dominated in football. Now he his a freshman on varsity and he is competing against Drager who is older than mick. Drager doesnt like the idea of that and he bullied mick to show that he was stronger than mick. Mick was so tired of not getting stronger and being weak he went to a gym called popeyes.At popeyes there was a t...more
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Bubi D
I loved this book. Im not really a "reader," but I read this book in 5 days. I sort of can relate to the main character Mick Johnson, he was raised around football his whole life;the only differnce is that he tried steroids to try to get better.You can really tell that Mick wants the best for himself and make his father proud. His dad was in the NFL, but he was released from his team for bad behavior.He had a horrible attitude and just felt like he was the life of the team. He kept that informat...more
I read the book Gym Candy by Carl Dueker. In the book the main character, Mick Johnson, wants to become a NFL football star. From the age of five he loves playing the game with his dad, who played for the San Diego Chargers. Mick grows up surrounded by football, and by his eighth grade year he’s ready to play varsity football at his high school. Mick earns a spot as the second string running back behind an upperclassman. When Mick gets an opportunity to win the game his freshman year he is stop...more

Gym candy is a book full of dramatic events in a high school football players career. Mick Johnson, the son of an ex NFL player is playing football as a freshman. When he played as a young kid he was unstoppable but when he is stopped at the goal line in the championship game with no time left he realizes he needs to do something to up his game. Mick seeks the help of a trainer named Pete at his gym who gives him the advice of using steroids which is outlawed in high school sports and can resul...more
The rank that I gave this book, from out of 1 to 5, was a 5. I thought that this book was really interesting. The book was fast paced and it seamed really short but it was a really good book to read. My final reason why I rated this book at a was that I like football and it was about football and I like that a lot.

The best part in the book was when he was playing football with his teammates. I liked that part because it shows him as what he wanted to be viewed by, as a good football player. Th...more
Tim Snell
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Copyright: 2007

Mick Johnson eats, drinks, sleeps, breathes, football. Trying to follow in the footsteps of his father, Mick shows an incredible knowledge of the game at a very young age, however, as Mick enters high school, he thinks that in order to gain that competitive edge, his only resort is taking steroids. Mick's performance on the field improves, so much that he feels the need to continue taking steroids, but his life off the field begins to suffer and only he can...more
Connor M
Mick Johnson, a running back on Shilshole High's football team had his eyes set on the NFL and that meant he had to get bigger, faster, stronger. After not seeing results with protein supplements, he turned to steroids. Mick began breaking records on the football field. Off the field, he was at an all time low. His friendships grew apart, and his conscience was always at war with itself. Carl Deuker did a wonderful job of conveying the constant turmoil within Mick. The highs, the lows. The extre...more
I would give Gym Candy, by Carl Deuker a 4 out of 5 stars on an overall scale. I would recommend this book really to football or sports fans, but really I believe anyone would enjoy it. The main character, Mick Johnson is very believable because he has a typical problem that most lightning quick running back’s have is that they aren’t very big or have much strength. Mick was also pretty interesting and I liked him a decent amount. The setting however wasn’t conveyed that well, I couldn’t real p...more
Matt skudre
Gym Candy by Carl Deuker
Matt Skudre.
Gym candy is a very good book about football. The main character is Mick Johnson who’s dad was a amazing college running back. But he could never make it in the pros because of a couple injuries. Mick is the star running back on his football team he is fast strong and allusive he wants to be like his dad but he wants to be a pro and make it in the NFL.

Mick really wants to be a stronger player after he got stopped at the one yard line if he got a td he would’ve...more
I bought this book for my boys who are approaching middle & high school. Having just finished it & looking at it through the eyes of a mother, I'd say this is mature reading for middle school boys. The story is very well written & intriguing as it describes a lot of the behind-the-scenes commitment of a high school football player, who is guided into the world of steroids via his personal trainer. The author gives a good description of the ups & downs Mick goes through as he make...more
Jack Friedland
The book that I chose for July was called ‘Gym Candy.’ Its about a boy named Mick being is pushed by his father, a former NFL player and college superstar, to be the absolute best football player possible. Mick would practice with his father everyday since he was 4 years old and when he gets to high school, he makes the varsity team. He waits on the bench for his time to play and when it finally comes against the rival Foothill team, Mick gets overpowered by an opposing linebacker on the one yar...more
Patrick Connolly
The book, "Gym Candy" by Carl Deuker is a realistic-fiction thriller involving a high school football stud struggling with the pressure from his dad and his dedication to success. His father, a retired professional football player, has been training Mick Johnson to be a football star since the day he was born. Mick starts facing greater and stronger competition post Pop Warner. After getting teased in the locker room by two senior players that were expelled from the team, Mick decides he needs t...more
Brandon Calvert
I enjoyed every single page,the game descriptions were so deep I felt as if I was there watching it live. I didnt agree with Mick's chocie to use steroids because he was already a good player and it was only his freshmen year when he got stopped by a guy who had been on varsity football longer than him so he shouldn't have lost hope. I just wanted Drew to find out sooner so he could have convinced Mick before the steroid use got out of control. Overall the story was great,there were so many simi...more
Matt Franks
This book was great! This book really shows the kinds of pressure teens face in sports, not only from their parents but also themselves. There are numerous real-world examples that this book showed such as depression, steroid use in sports, and roid-rage. I would recomed this book to anyone who wants to feel less alone when it comes to strees and pressure in everyday sports.
This book intrigued me and I anticipated being drawn in to a high-interest and provocative plot (high school athlete takes steroids to remain competitive). That plot point was there, but was not well developed. The bulk of the book is detailed play-by-play recounting of the athlete's football practices (!) and games. Even a sports fan like me cannot maintain a high level of interest in the minutiae of practices. So much more could have been done with developing the relationship between father an...more
Dario Arganese
I am loving this book so far on! I don't like to read at all and especially don't like reading 300 pagers but I feel like I have a deep connection with Mick which makes me visualize every word that I read. This year I have changed. I actually like to read either fiction sports books, or just any good fiction books in general. for the first time ever, I am reading a 300+ paged book for enjoyment on my free time! Method book continues to surprise me in every way possible and I can't wait to read w...more
I personally loved my book , I normally don't have a problem finding books to read because I like to read the sports books. My book is filled with action in the contact sport of football. This is only a book series and I find this book to be good. The author keeps you updated on everything that's going on, and the way he talks to the readers makes it really easy to understand. It really had me from the beginning!
The reason I liked this book is because it was a sports book, and I love to read spo...more
The Big Game
Have you ever played for a state championship in any sport? Well Mick did in this book. The author is Carl Dueker the book is Gym Candy and the main theme is to not give up on yourself. The book takes place in Seattle, Washington. It is mostly in his school Shilshole High School. The point of view is from Micks perspective. He is the main protagonist. The other main characters include the rest of his football team, his friends, the girl he likes, his coach and Peter Volz his trainer...more
Austin Boen
Mar 27, 2014 Austin Boen is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: friends
Recommended to Austin by: my friend
I choose The book Gym Candy because my friend recommended it to me and told me it was a great book. The setting takes place in the state of Washington state, and mostly on the football field. Mick Wants to be the best football player his high school has ever had and even better than his father who failed his football career in the NFL. Mick has a choice to make should he take steroids or is it really worth it. Mick is a Dynamic character he changes throughout the story on his view towards steroi...more
Ed Casey
Mick is a skilled high school freshman running back who has hopes for making a name for himself on the varsity football team. He has been playing since he was in Pop Warner and has been pushed hard by his father who was a star college running back. Mick tries to do things the right way by pushing himself at the gym as well as at practice and climbs to second on the team's depth chart. Second best is not what Mick had in mind. He felt he needed an edge, in this case steroids, A.K.A. gym candy. Th...more
Malique Dougglas
The book Gym Candy was about a teen whose name was mick. Micks father played football and made it pro and he pushed mick to be just like him. His dad got kicked out of the NFL because he didn't want to try during practices. Even if you don't like the game of football you will love this book. Mick was enemies with the new kid on his football team, but later on in the book he realizes that he is very close with him and they depend on each other on the field and off the field.

Love Tyler Flores
I don't know the first thing about football, and I really liked this book. Gridiron fans will love it. If you detest football, you'll still enjoy the quick pace and believable storyline. Carl Deuker is fast becoming one of my favorite authors, as he appeals to guys and non-readers and sports fans and makes reading appealing to them. Even though I don't identify with all of those categories, I so respect his storytelling.
Honestly, Gym Candy was better than I thought it would be. I didn't expect it to end the way it did, but then again I could see the foreshadowing leading up to it. It wasn't expected, but it was there. The entire book kept me interested and I was always surprised when something risky would happen. This book shows that sometimes you don't always get what you see. You end up getting more. You don't know what every player is like after a few pratices or what every player will do on the field. You b...more
Personally I loved this book. It was an edge of your seat sports classic! Mick, a high school football player is looking for fame, but in order to do that he will need to stand out. He needs to be bigger, stronger, faster. He needs to be the most powerful player to ever walk the field. BUt just wait to see if or how he accomplishes it.
I think this was the best book I have ever read. I don't like to read much but I couldn't put this book down. this is the longest book i have ever read but yet I still read it the fastest I think this book is mostly great because I like sports and this book is all about sports but how he the main charter cheats to get to the top.
Jacob Verploeg
Gym Candy by Carl Deuker is about a boy named Mick Johnson and he loves football. Mick's dad was an all star in high school and college, but a slacker in the NFL, which got him kicked off the team. Mick is pressured by his dad to be the player that he never was, and all that pressure adds up fast.

In the story, Mick Johnson starts off in the eighth grade. He is a very good player for his age and he is asked to play on varsity as a freshman. Although Mick didn't play much, he still worked very har...more
Cade Henson
Gym Candy is a story about a high school athlete faced with difficult decisions. Mick Johnson, son of an ex NFL player, was trained to become a star running back. All Mick wanted was to be the best. Mick's personal trainer offers him a chance to become the best the easy way, with steroids or "gym candy." The trainer promises Mick that steroids will make him bulk up faster, and run faster and farther. Mick is oblivious to the long term effects. Even though the author could have chosen a better pa...more
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“Games are lost and won in your mind as much as they are on the field.” 9 likes
“I heard Coach Downs never started freshman," he told us. "Well that's not how it is with me. I play the best players, period. If you're a junior with three letters on your jacket, and you shave twice a day, and some smooth-faced freshman whips your ass in practice, then your collecting splinters while he's playing. Understood?
Coach Carlson”
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