Battle Dress

Battle Dress

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Andi Davis is looking for an escape from her disorganized, dysfunctional home life, and West Point seems the only logical way out. Andi figures that given everything she has had to put up with at home, West Point will be a breeze. But nothing could have prepared her for the first six weeks of cadet training, better known as Beast.

Andi is screamed at, belittled, and worn down during the long, grueling training that is designed to break cadets and then rebuild them into soldiers. The upper class cadets bark orders so fast that her head spins, and the fact that she is one of only two girls in her platoon makes things even more difficult. But Andi decides that anything is better than going home, anything.

This first novel by Amy Efaw, a West Point Class of 1989 graduate, is a powerful and gripping look at an intensely privatecommunity with its own rules and regulations. It shows us the terrors and triumphs of those who want to belong to a team.

Books for the Teen Age 2001 (NYPL)

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publ., 2000
ISBN: 9780060284114
Branch Call Number: EFAW
Characteristics: 291 p


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Jul 12, 2013

I loved this book it really shows pretty accurately how life is during "beast". I love Andi's motivations to stay at the camp. It is also motivating to see the feminism in her character and no matter how much she got treated as if she weren't as tough or as skilled as any other man it that camp she proved them wrong every time. I also like the way she evolved in the story the way her confidence boosted up and the way she faced her problems.

Aug 09, 2011

This book is so concerned with portraying the academy accurately, that it kills the story, which is supposed to be how the basic training prior to the start of the school year, shapes and increases the main character's self-esteem. There are many reasons I never wanted to join the armed forces and this book was a bit fat reminder of one of them. Yes, I've known plenty of people in the reserve and this book accurately portrays how you will be treated and spoken to. The army's job is to break and strip you down so that you can be remolded into a soldier. Yech. So if you like reading about drillls, drills, drills and lots of yelling, then this book might just be for you. Personally, if this had been my copy I'd've burned it.

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Jul 12, 2013

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Jul 12, 2013

Seventeen-year-old Andi joined the program beast in the army, hoping to find a better environment and living than what she was at home. With unsupportive parents she walks in to a life she would have never imagined- a life with no pity, excuses and rules. With all of the unknown ahead of her she slowly realises how degrading it is to be a women surrounded by men all the time who think you are not as skilled as they are. Andi has now realized her purpose at this camp is to prove that women and men can be equally skilled but a bump is set in her road, with very few women in the program to start with there are ten women to every man who are always injured. She discovers that the men have every reason to despise having women get more slack then the men. She finally decides that she will not prove for all the women but the women worth fighting for but for that to happen, she has to prove to herself that she is worthy. At the end of the six week she has finally proved to everyone that she could do it.


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