Book 24 of Year 2017 – “​​Suicide Squeeze” by​​ William C. Kashatus

Official Title – Suicide Squeeze: Taylor Hooton, Rob Garibaldi, and the Fight against Teenage Steroid Abuse

Genre – Non-Fiction

Book Length – ​254 pages

Reading Time – ​6.5 hours

Style/ Plot – ​When I picked this book up, I initially thought it was just about baseball.

It is about baseball and the use of banned substances aka doping or juicing. Especially the use of Appearance and Performance Enhancing drugs (APEDs). The kids that fall prey to the dangers of doping all in the bid to “fit in” or get drafted.

In particular, it tells the stories of Taylor Hooton and Rob Garibaldi. Kids who loved baseball and made a lapse in judgement by doping.

These were really good kids who made a mistake and paid for it with their lives. After trying to stop using these drugs, the withdrawal symptoms had many side effects that ended up with the 2 boys committing suicide.

Favourite Quote – “Suicide attempts related to steroid withdrawal are more common than most people suspect.

Recommendation – ​William educates the reader about the dangers of steroid abuse among teenagers especially those involved in Sports. ​It humanises this issues by telling the deeply sad stories of Taylor and Rob, how parents can detect the symptoms/ warning signs and how this can be prevented in the first place.

Rating – 4/5

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