Battle Dress

Battle Dress

Book - 2000
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As a newly arrived freshman at West Point, seventeen-year-old Andi finds herself gaining both confidence and self esteem as she struggles to get through the grueling six weeks of new cadet training known as the Beast.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2000.
ISBN: 9780385729215
Branch Call Number: Y/EFAW
Characteristics: 291p. 22cm.


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Feb 10, 2016

I definitely enjoyed this book! Will read it again!

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

mo_z thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over


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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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