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“The greatest gift is a passion for reading.”
Summary: This is a passionate account of one man's journey from the back alley of substance abuse to an enlightened speaker and advocate for drug awareness. This is an autobiographical non-fiction work, complemented by research.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, advanced reader
Recommended Age: read together: 10 and up; read yourself: 13 and up
Interest Level: 12 and up
Young Reader Reaction: pending
Adult Reader Reaction: Tightly written with a laser-like focus, The Steroid Deceit sheds some much-needed light on a taboo subject of building buff through anabolic steroids. Jeff Rutstein reveals the pain that young men endure to look good. It's a lesson in acceptance for all of us, men and women alike.
Pros: The book is singular in focus and purpose: discourage use--particularly teen use--of steroids.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. I highly recommend this book for its honesty and eye-opening quality. Parents, teachers, coaches all need to read this book with their athletes.
Educational Themes: The goal of the book is clear. It is an excellent, real-life complement to any discussion you want to have with kids about drugs.
Notes: Guest reviewer Christine Hohlbaum, SAHM Expert for ClubMom and author of Diary of a Mother, wrote this profile.
Literary Categories: Nonfiction - sports, medicine, health
Date(s) Reviewed: February 2006
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