Battle Dress (2019)

Battle Dress Amy Efaw Battle Dress 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
  • Title: Battle Dress
  • Author: Amy Efaw
  • ISBN: 9780060279431
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Hardcover
Battle Dress Amy Efaw 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 dAndi 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 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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  1. Valerie

    I can t remember everything in this book but I remember that I really liked the girl She is strong and not only physically But she is real and I can really understand how she is The author describes the environment of west point well too and the end is good.

  2. JemLangford

    I almost gave this one back to the library, but I m so glad I hadn t This book is wonderful, the best book I ve ever read about a modern day girl that wants nothing than to be part of something, one of the guys I ve always liked it when girls were tough, but this sets a whole new bar Andi Davis has spark, personality, wonderful character, and she s so real Unlike a lot of books, Andi isn t perfect, and she makes mistakes like normal people I hate it when some characters do everything right, but [...]

  3. Rachel Brown

    A semi autobiographical YA novel based on Efaw s own experience attending West Point For teenage runner Andi Davis, military academy is an escape from the unrelenting brutality of her family s emotional abuse There she faces institutional sexism and her own tendency to judge women harshly than men, and, like any cadet, struggles to survive in a deliberately harsh environment But she also finds, for the first time in her life, a sense of belonging and people who value her strength.The novel cove [...]

  4. Tara Chevrestt

    This was a great read for so many reasons It s an intriguing look into life at West Point, what the cadets go through their first six weeks, the beat down they receive before they are built back up as new, stronger people It seems just like a lot of yelling and degradation at first, but by the end, it made sense to me.Andi comes from a very dysfunctional family At first, she feels like she s stepped from the frying pan into the fire, but soon in the middle of being called a knucklehead and learn [...]

  5. Ollie

    Andi is a very realistic heroine who has accepted an appointment to West Point Her acceptance was driven by the need to escape a loud and abusive mom and a silent Dad She is really not prepared for the upcoming experience She has no idea what some of the terms she is ordered to do mean Her successes and failures are both poignant and funny She learns to be part of a team and she has found a home This story is based on the author s own experiences at West Point Great recreational read.

  6. Susan Mallery

    A YA about the first 6 weeks a teen spends at West Point I thought it was great fun and really interesting I m hoping there will be books continuing the journey.It would be great for tweens who want to read up, I would guess, as well as teens No bad language or sex Some of the scenes are a little intense, though, with how the newest cadets are treated Might be an interesting springboard for discussion.Big thumbs up from me.

  7. Victoria Lynn

    This book was way better than I expected I picked it up out of bin of books at a local thrift store, shrugged, and told myself, hmm, this might be an interesting read, plus, it might be good research for writing I purchased it for 50 cents and told myself if it was terrible, I didn t have to finish it But it was great The story was very intriguing and the ins and outs of West Point life quite fascinating It was actually very clean and I found it an enjoyable read And while it wasn t this super m [...]

  8. Anthony Policastro

    If you had ever dreamt of attending The United States Military Academy at West Point, you ought to read Amy Efaw s novel Battle Dress It is than just a great novel that will pass the time It is a novel that will not only inspire you, but will also challenge you to ask questions about your own character Throughout the reading, I had asked myself questions, concerning whether or not I could have endured all the hazing, yelling, physical training, and other demands placed upon the new cadets Of co [...]

  9. Dawn

    Pipes, Dawn P.6, English 4 Mr Clark 05.30.12Review In Amy Efaw s Battle Dress Andi Davis, a young lady in a bad family structure heads off on a whirlwind adventure to Beast or a military boot camp for the army Beast is one of the hardest training camps the army has to offer, the best of the best, and Andi decided to go there She left to get away from her family and while she is there, she runs into a whole new lifestyle This lifestyle forces her to have everything in an orderly manner and to lis [...]

  10. Steph Su

    Most of you do not know this about me, but I have always been fascinated by military protocol For a nation that champions individuality and creativity, its military seems to be one of the last bastions of enforced conformity and groupthink Coming from both a collectivist and individualistic culture, I can see the pros and cons of this military protocol BATTLE DRESS was a solid glimpse into the mysterious world of West Point, although Andi s internal conflicts were a little roughly drawn.Creative [...]

  11. Beth

    On the ride to West Point, Andi s siblings bicker and her mother tries to get out of the speeding car at 65 mph and then throws her dad s glasses out the window so he will be forced to let her drive With a family like this, it s no wonder Andi welcomes the grueling six week boot camp experience, known discomfortingly as Beast Anticipation quickly turns to tolerance as she is verbally abused to relearn how to walk, talk, even eat The fear that she will fall into the category of dropout like a thi [...]

  12. Sherwood Smith

    After spending many decades trying to imagine what life in the military would be like for females, I have seen times change enough that women are not only in the military, they write about it Efaw has fictionalized her summer of the Beast, Basic Training at West Point, when she was seventeen.Efaw sticks to a tight structure we open with 17 year old Andi Davis being driven by her family to West Point The first chapter is their trip, establishing her dysfunctional family though her sister is strug [...]

  13. Rebecca Rotolo

    Rebecca Rotolo Mrs VestalAmerican LiteratureNovember 23, 2013 The book Battle Dress by Amy Efaw is not only a truly inspiring story, but it is also true The main character Andrea Andi Davis is a tough, well built character throughout the novel In the beginning of this novel Andi and her dysfunctional family take a road trip from Indiana to West Point, Virginia This trip does not only start with drama from her mom and dad, but her siblings Randy and Amanda fight with each other when she is sittin [...]

  14. Kelly

    I didn t know what to expect when I picked this book up I d just finished reading Richelle Mead s The Indigo Spell last night when I decided I d give this book a try I read the first few pages before school and right away my interest was captured So when I sat down to read after school, imagine my surprise when eight o clock rolled around Then ten o clock snuck in through the window as I turned the last page Battle Dress is a fast read, relatively easy to follow, and it utterly captivated me For [...]

  15. Jordan Lombard

    I thought this book was really good It kept you on your toes, made you want to dash out of bed in the morning and rush through things to keep the upperclassmen happy lol The only thing I wanted was to see her family again at the end I was hoping I would Even if they didn t change their tune towards her, I still wanted that, wanted to see her stand up to them as a changed woman Even without that at the end, it was still a very satisfying ending though I highly recommend this book to anyone who li [...]

  16. Anna T

    OK I LOVE this book I had already read it 2 time s but this will be the 3rd time and trust me when I read something then ones then you know it hast to be good I love it because i love the ARMY and this book gives you good detail and shows not tell It give s it shows the start of how you should train and when you whould get done training but you need to READ it if you like the ARMY also if you like to hear about running, and boy s for you girls But i LOVE this book.

  17. Jennie

    This book is fairly old in the scheme of YA literature, but it s great book, and I wish the author had books out It shows a nice view of what Beast is like, it tackles the whole women at West Point issue which really isn t one at the same time it is , and Andi is a character I would have liked to follow through West Point I suppose that s my problem I wanted this book to continue and chronicle her four years at West Point.

  18. Marissa

    The book Battle Dress is about a girl named Andi Davis, who is going to West Point so she can escape her crazy dysfunctional home life Andi thinks that these six weeks in cadet training will be a breeze, considering what she had to deal with at home Little did Andi know that these six weeks weren t going to be very easy and that she was going to have to push herself hard to get where she wants Andi will have to tolerate fast yelling from soldiers, being one of the two girls in her platoon, learn [...]

  19. Alexandra Donnelly

    It s nice to read a YA novel about a young woman who has a goal that is unconventional Battle Dress is beautifully written, and Andi is no Mary Sue she makes mistakes, and has very real challenges to overcome.This book actually made me cry at the end which is not something I have to say about a fictional story very often.

  20. Kevin

    I thought the book was ok Thee author did a good job of writing about West Point and all about all the character.

  21. Viktória Tóth

    This book took me by complete surprise I read something similar a couple of years back but I didn t enjoy it that much as it happened with this book This story is a pretty entertaining and inspirational, worth every minute of my time and when the book ended I wanted of it The story spans around 5 6 weeks time which is quite short but the plot is pretty intense The writing style helps to create the right mindset to the book but at some instances it goes into so many details that I had a hard tim [...]

  22. P.E.

    Battle Dress was so much fun to read It s all about Andi starting Cadet training during the summer and I loved reading it It s reinforced my thoughts of never joining the army but it s also made me want to read Battle Dress is the kind of book that leaves you wanting I laughed a ton during the beginning though I m not sure if the humor was intentional I have a weird sense of funny but then I got used to the insults hurled by Cadets The actual story is very simple since most of the writing is C [...]

  23. Christy

    I know little to nothing about the military save for what I ve seen in the movies I picked this book up at a book fair in the young adult section and thought I d give it a read before putting it on the shelf for my middle schoolers, not quite sure what it contained for them What I got was a lesson in West Point etiquette, vocabulary, and respect for all those men and women who choose to serve our country.The 300 page novel comes from Andi s point of view, a girl fresh out of high school needing [...]

  24. Leeanna

    Battle Dress, by Amy Efaw Battle Dress follows Andrea Davis through her first sumer at West Point, a time when the incoming class is stripped of their civilian lives Andi s family life is clearly dysfunctional, mostly described through flashbacks and the order of West Point is a sort of comfort to her I would have liked a little detail on the why, but I don t think it s necessary for the story as the bits provided easily set up Andi s home life While her initial goal is to survive the summer tr [...]

  25. P.E.

    Battle Dress was so much fun to read It s all about Andi starting Cadet training during the summer and I loved reading it It s reinforced my thoughts of never joining the army but it s also made me want to read Battle Dress is the kind of book that leaves you wanting I laughed a ton during the beginning though I m not sure if the humor was intentional I have a weird sense of funny but then I got used to the insults hurled by Cadets The actual story is very simple since most of the writing is C [...]

  26. -k The Lady Critic

    First off, Andi is the type of girl who I wish I was She s mentally and physically strong, she s compassionate while still being a realist and she just has this inner strength that I don t think many people could ever have Andi aside, this book was really interesting to read while captivating my attention I read it in one sitting while I should have been sleeping or preparing for work the next morning and making me want to know what happens next I wish that there was a second book to this that f [...]

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