‘Fix by Force’ by Jason Warne is a novel about Spencer Shane a teenage boy who has a very poor self-image which has been fueled by a number of influences. Some of the influences being an unhappy childhood, a bully who goes to school with him, guilt, shame, rage, and a petite physique.
The story shows how Shane in self protect mode has become very self-centered and in some ways due to his journaling lives in a fantasy world. ‘Fix by Force’ starts out a somewhat dark story and becomes even darker as the story progresses especially around the middle when things come to a climax at school and while Shane gets hooked on steroids. It has some surprise twists near the end and finishes in a way that fits with the rest of the story.
The story shows some of the perceived advantages of steroid use and shows many of its dangers and darker sides.
I was disappointed that Mr. Warne didn’t define any of the characters as Christians, didn’t express any Christian message, but rather seemed to rely on human relationships and the like to bring about change.
He did do a great job of showing the sad and evil side of steroid use and it would possibly be a good tool for opening the eyes of parents to what their teen might be involved in.
If I were to recommend the book to anyone it would probably be parents of petite boys, especially ones who have endured repeated bullying.
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