The New David Espinoza

The New David Espinoza

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.

Title:The New David Espinoza
ISBN:9780062489883
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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 its about male body dysmorphia and steroid ab...

  • 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....

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • Kim

    Everyone read this book! Boys/Men struggle with body image problems too and it's important to acknowledge them! And this book is a good way to start and to become aware of this problem....

  • Justin

    While not the most subtle book ever written, The New David Espinoza confronts the realities of male body dysmorphia/steroid use and does so in an affecting way. The complex relationship between David ...