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Anything to Win Hardcover – June 1, 1989
From Publishers Weekly
Cam narrates the story of his high school senior year. Handsome and popular, he is quarterback of the school's football team and candidate for a college football scholarship if he gains 30 pounds. However, Cam's life becomes suddenly complicated: the only way he can gain that much weight is by using steroids, and he struggles with this moral dilemma. If he takes steroids, his father will be disappointed in him, but would it be worse if he didn't land the scholarship? Cam's coach encourages him to take the steroids, but another boy who had used them is in the hospital. Ultimately Cam must rely upon his own judgment and accept the consequences of his actions. Miklowitz brings to this timely issue her usual care in creating realistic situations and in Cam's character, a sense of honest introspection. Readers--whether actively involved in athletics or simply spectators--will find much to think about in these pages; it is their generation that will have to confront this issue on into the '90s. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Well, in Anything to Win by Gloria D. Miklowitz, Cam Potter had to answer all those questions and in doing so, he tore the mask off the conduct of high school athletes. Potter was your average high school senior. He enjoyed the simple things in life, like hanging out with friends, flirting with girls, and playing a good game of football. In fact, he was the quarterback of a national championship caliber team. He was a fairly decent athlete in rather good shape, and he was able to think on his feet. He could find an opposing teams' weakness just as easy as he could the sports section of the newspaper. He could react quickly in a tight situation, and this made him one of the best QBs in the state. He had a fair few college scouts who were interested in him. His life was going pretty well until one fateful day when Coach Cooney called him into his office after a game. Cooney said that he had talked to some scouts during the game and that they were falling on top of each other over Potter's skills. He said that they'd be happy to give him a full scholarship if he would just gain a few pounds. By "a few," he meant 30, and Cam had to pack it on before season ended in less then three months. There was no chance that he could put on that much weight in 10 weeks, no way. That is, unless he resorted to taking special vitamins. These "Vitamins" that Cooney gave Cam were very high potency anabolic steroids. Potter is reluctant to go against his morals at first, but when he realizes that his family cannot afford to send him to the school he has been dreaming of, he finds himself in a pickle. Should he go against his morals and get the scholarship, or should he stay true to his heart and put on as much weight as he can, the natural way? Decisions, Decisions. Which road does Cam Potter decide to follow? The only way for you to find out is to read the book.
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in competitive sports. It was quite arguably one of the best books I've ever read. My only complaint was that I felt the story came to a much too abrupt and sudden end. I believe that the author could've easily produced at least three more chapters. Nevertheless, this book was as addicting as any action movie I've ever seen, and it was much more relatable because you know that events like the ones in this novel happen all the time in our country. Cam Potter really made me stop and think about the darker side of competition. He opened my eyes and made me see how immoral steroids really are. And isn't that the most important aspect anyway, the morals of the sport you play? Sure, everyone wants to win, but what's winning if you don't do it with honor? "We can't all play a winning game; someone is sure to lose. Yet we can play so that our name, no one may dare accuse, that when the master referee scores against our name, it won't be whether we've won or lost, but how we've played...the game."
In a small town you would think that no one could get involved in drugs and bad things, but in this book anything can happen. In the town Cam lives in everybody knows everyone. Most of the little kids look up to Cam and the other football players.
Cam is faced with a problem. His coach tells him that to get the scholarship he needs to put on 20 pounds, and the only way to do that is steroids. Cam looks up to his big brother Pete, surprisingly when Pete tells him not to take the steroids he doesn't listen. Cam is too caught up in getting the scholarship. You will never get tired reading this book. He is always battling something. Why won't his dream girl date him? Why don't people feel safe around him? Why can't he quit taking the steroids because he knows that it can make and break his life?
This story is for a more mature reader, because it involves drug use. Anything to Win tells people the story behind competitive sports. It shows what the average kid can go through. Anyone can get into something they shouldn't and suffer. I enjoyed this book because it showed me some of the things I should know going into high school.