The New David Espinoza

The New David Espinoza Book Details

This own voices story from the acclaimed author of The Closest I’ve Come unflinchingly examines steroid abuse and male body dysmorphia. Perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds and Matt De La Peña.

David Espinoza is tired of being messed with. When a video of him getting knocked down by a bully’s slap goes viral at the end of junior year, David vows to use the summer to bulk up— do what it takes to become a man—and wow everyone when school starts again the fall.

Soon David is spending all his time and money at Iron Life, a nearby gym that’s full of bodybuilders. Frustrated with his slow progress, his life eventually becomes all about his muscle gains. As it says on the Iron Life wall, What does not kill me makes me stronger.

As David falls into the dark side of the bodybuilding world, pursuing his ideal body at all costs, he’ll have to grapple with the fact that it could actually cost him everything.

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    The New David Espinoza Reviews

  • Lea (drumsofautumn)

    FRIENDS! This is a book about steroid abuse and male body dysmorphia!!!!!! Can we please make sure to support and hype the shit out of this????...

  • Alex Richey

    AudioFile Review!This was eye opening. Bullying, body dysmorphia, steroid abuse... This was an unflinching look at the pressure faced by teens and young men, and shows how powerful the desire to chang...

  • Amy

    #gifted Thank you @harperya360 for sending me this ARC for an honest review in return.The New David Espinoza. I really, really wanted to love this book as it’s about male body dysmorphia and steroid...

  • Jamie

    Steroids and body dysmorphia isn't an oft told tale. This was an OK book that read a little bit like an after-school special. ...

  • Mayar El Mahdy

    2.5/5I liked the cover and the synopsis so much. It's like a scarring get-fit montage played with an evil "Eye of The Tiger" in the background.The topic of male body image is rarely tackled, but it wa...

  • Luke Reynolds

    Unfortunately, I didn't like the writing for this one. David came across as whiny and younger than his age....

  • Leigh Collazo

    More reviews like this one at MrsReaderPants.Several years ago, I read Gym Candy by Carl Deuker. A book with a football player in full gear on the cover, Gym Candy was certainly not the kind of YA boo...

  • Meagan Houle

    This story of male body dismorphia, a topic so rarely explored, is an important one. We need to talk more openly about steroid abuse, toxic masculinity, and the unrealistic and harmful ideals young me...

  • Katrina

    I appreciated this book, and I think it could prove very helpful to teens and young men who are struggling with body dysmorphia or related problems. That being said, it read more like a cautionary tal...

  • Mary Thomas

    An intense and unflinching look at muscle dysmorphia and steroid abuse in teenage boys. This is a really important book - I'm glad it exists and happy to have a copy in my HS collection. I felt so muc...