Gym Candy is one of this year’s Battle of the Books for NC Middle Schoolers. I’ve really liked most of the books I’ve read from the list, but this one was just OK. Of course, I’m not a guy. Football is not my thing. I don’t care about making the team. I do think this book has a great place on the shelf and just because I didn’t especially like it, I can see how it will be appealing to students – especially some of the boys.