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The New David Espinoza by Fred Aceves
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The New David Espinoza (edition 2020)

by Fred Aceves (Author)

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Obsessed with the idea that he is not muscular enough and tired of being bullied, David, age seventeen, begins using steroids, endangering his relationships with family and friends.
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Title:The New David Espinoza
Authors:Fred Aceves (Author)
Info:HarperTeen (2020), 336 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:steroids, drug abuse, eating disorders, muscle dysmorphia, bodybuilding, Hispanics

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David Espinoza is a 98 lb. weakling. He gets bullied at school and even has a "bitch slap" scene go viral. The summer vacation provides a chance for him to remake himself. He visits a local gym -- sketchy but cheap -- and begins to work out regularly. When he sees no progress in a week, when surrounded by super-buff guys, he takes drastic measures. He seeks out and takes steroids and other body-enhancing measures. What begins as exciting soon turns compulsive. The steroid effects and bodybuilding culture takes over David's life. Will he quit before it is too late? This is a hard-hitting, graphic first-hand account of steroid abuse and muscle dysmorphia. It should be required reading for young men lured by the promise of building muscle quickly. This is the often over-looked boy's perspective on this issue. The author Aceves also does a nice job of showing that physical changes don't mean that much when you're still emotionally insecure and seeing the world (your body) through a distorted lens. ( )
  mjspear | Mar 26, 2020 |
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