Battle DressBook - 2000
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)
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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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