BAD BOY (Innbundet)

Author:

Annette Münch

Norwegian title: Badboy: steroid
Author:
Binding: Innbundet
Year: 2014
Pages: 264
Publisher: Cappelen Damm
Språk: Bokmål
ISBN/EAN: 9788202449346
Kategori: Ungdomsbøker
Age: 14 - 18
Overview Badboy: steroid

Casper loses everything. First his privileged life staying with his mother’s generous boyfriend, then his dream girl. Humiliation waits around every corner. His little brother is always in trouble and his mother’s new boyfriend is invading his life.

Then Liam arrives. He spends his days at the local gym and introduces Casper to a world where muscle strength means more than purchasing power, and your manliness is determined on the bench. Here everyone can take charge of their lives if they are willing to give their all and do anything. And Casper needs to beef up. He needs to regain respect for and control of his life. He decides to become a bad boy. Soon he’s in more trouble than he can handle, and then his little brother disappears.

Badboy is about a kind of abuse which is more widespread among young people than we dare think. Annette Münch gets close to the user, and Casper’s struggle for his own life is a
frightening reminder that growing up in the time of selfies and an increased focus on body image requires many types of strength.

The book is based on conversations the author had with young users of anabolic steroids.

‘The novel is based on conversations that Münch has had with young users of anabolic steroids. This makes Casper’s story credible. He is a likable character who has made bad choices. [...] The novel has several threads, and the language is dynamic and solid. [...] An important book that studies how not only our bodies, but our thoughts and emotions, are affected by steroids. Casper copes, but the novel shows – with intensity and clarity – how steroid abuse comes about and can continue.’
DAGBLADET

‘The need to maintain a façade when our lives are falling apart has always existed. It is particularly well depicted in this book, something that also makes Badboy: Steroid a timeless novel. The topic is however more specific to our time. Münch highlights a dangerous social problem among both young people and adults today with such credibility that it seems frighteningly commonplace. [...] There is a lot for both young people and adults to learn here!’
VÅRT LAND

‘Badboy: Steroid is a wonderful depiction of young people who use anabolic steroids. The story coincides with what those of us who work for Dopingtelefonen have experienced. This book is very, very credible.’
Margaret Tveitan, Manager at Dopingtelefonen [Steroid abuse hotline] at Oslo University Hospital

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Reviews from Badboy: steroid

Gjør boling forståelig

"Annette Münch er ikke redd for å utforske betente ungdomsmiljøer. [...] Romanen bygger på samtaler Münch har hatt med unge brukere av anabole steroider. Det gjør fortellingen om Casper troverdig. Han er en sympatisk fyr som gjør dårlige valg. [...] Romanen har flere spenningsspor, og språket er dynamisk og solid. Det er bra at Münch skriver en slik fortelling og gjør boling forståelig for oss. [...] en viktig bok som studerer hvordan ikke bare kroppen, men tankene og følelsene, påvirkes av steroider. Casper klarer seg, men romanen viser - med intensitet og tydelighet - hvordan et misbruk oppstår, og ikke minst, kan fortsette."Maya Troberg Djuve, Dagbladet
"Presset Capser føler på i boken oppleves like reelt som om vi skulle lest om vår egen ungdomstid. Behovet for å opprettholde fasaden når livet faller sammen rundt oss har eksistert til alle tider. Dette blir spesielt godt skildret i boken, noe som også gjør Badboy: Steroid til en tidløs roman. Likevel er temaet mer spesifikt for vår tid. Münch belyser et livsfarlig samfunnsproblem blant både unge og voksne i dag på en så troverdig måte, at det virker skremmende hverdagslig. [...] Münch viser hvor lett dette dagsaktuelle problemet forsvinner under radaren til folk. [...] Leseren utvikler et hat-elsk forhold til karakteren, samtidig som det er lett å få sympati for ham. Münch lykkes også med dialogene mellom ungdommene i boken. De typiske språktrekkene er på plass, men uten at det blir pinlig. [...] Her er det mye både unge og voksne kan lære av!"Kjersti F. Ruud-Salomonsen, Vårt Land
""Badboy: Steroid" er en god skildring av ungdom som bruker anabole steroider. Historien sammenfaller med det vi i Dopingtelefonen får av skjebner. Boken er veldig, veldig troverdig."Margaret Tveitan, leder ved Dopingtelefonen ved Aker sykehus

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