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In the middle of the night Garrett is taken from his home to Harmony Lake, a boot camp for troubled teens. Maybe some kids deserve to be sent there, but Garrett knows he doesn't. Subjected to brutal physical and psychological abuse, he tries to fight back, but the battle is futile. He won't be allowed to leave until he's admitted his "mistakes" and conformed to Harmony Lak...more
Hardcover, 235 pages
Published May 22nd 2007 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (first published August 28th 2006)
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It's horrifying to read this book and come to realize that no matter how much you hear about the existence of boot camps, what occurs in them. I'm a Canadian and I've only heard of one in existence in Ontario and they're shutting the damn lot down after investigating it thoroughly. But aside from that...

The author of this book takes you into the reality of a boot camp. It's a hard story to swallow and I'm going to tell you how while I sat here reading it every nerve ending in my body jumped, eve...more
There will be swearing. You've been warned.


So, it's 3.45 A.M, jus finished reading Bootcamp and I'm crying but not for the usual sappy sad reason. I AM FURIOUS.


He endured all that fucking crap- all that beatings and humiliation and abuse and verbal assault and then the ending happened, the 'rewiring' what what wha...more
I know that these types of places are real and it makes me mad to think of parents sending their kids there and paying people to treat them this way.

I felt so sorry for Garrett. I think had his parents let him live up to his mind that things with Sabrina wouldn't have happened. I also think that there would have been lots of other ways for Garrett's parents to deal with things. By wanting to keep things "nice" they just brought on more trouble.

I loved that Garrett kept trying to buck the system...more
Garrett is dragged out of his bed in the middle of the night, handcuffed, and taken to Lake Harmony, a teenage boot camp, completely against his will. His parents sent him to this behavior modification camp in order to teach him respect and self-discipline.

Garrett is an extremely bright fifteen-year-old. School has never been a problem for him. In fact, he quite often gets bored. He can finish in three days what it takes most students a whole week to accomplish. So, he doesn’t always go to schoo...more
This book succeeds at being a vehicle for portraying life in a Boot Camp. It includes a list of references and everything.

Sadly, the story was tragically injured in the author's attempt to convey his message. The story jumps chronologically, losing chunks of time with nothing changing in the life of the narrator--I mean that it seams like one chapter is the day after another, but we're told it's months later. Also our narrator behaves rather inconsistently with his character, needing to be conv...more
Abducted from his home in the middle of the night, Garrett is whisked away to an ultra-secret "boot camp" called Lake Harmony, where he discovers that his parents have sent him to be "reprogrammed" into a better, more malleable son that agrees with everything his parents have set before him. While there he encounters severe mental and physical abuse and realizes that while his own struggle to remain true to himself might be won, the lives of others could be at stake if he does not help them with...more
Abby Mcclellan
This is a book I would highly recommend for people who like a good adventure. Garrett is a fifteen year old boy who is smart, just not when it comes to making decisions. He was involved with his teacher who happened to be eight years older than him. One night Garrett is kidnapped out of his home and taken to a boot camp in New York, where he is going to be apart of some of the roughest mental and physical pain he will ever experience. He meets Paul and Sarah who are wanting to run away. They hav...more
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My junior year of high school, one of my classmates—with whom I was not best-friends-forever close, but knew pretty well—was spirited away in the middle of the night (no, really) and dumped at a Utah WWASPS school called Cross Creek. Because, as I recall, her parents didn’t want my classmate to marry her boyfriend.

Although the story has a happy ending (something along the lines of “Fuck you, Mom and Dad, I’ve turned eighteen and I will marry my boyfriend and have several darling children and li...more
Mrs. Lopez
What if you were violently waken in the middle of the night, dragged aboard a plane in handcuffs, and taken to a boot camp where you had no rights and where torture, humiliation and violence were part of a "normal" day? Could you survive? Would you try to endure and wait to be released someday? Or, would you devise a plan to escape, even if doing so could cost you your life as you knew it? These are the questions Garrett is faced with on a daily basis as he is not only abused by the staff of Lak...more
Apr 06, 2011 Ruhama rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Garrett has been unwillingly kidnapped and sent to boot camp to 'renounce his former life'. He had fallen in love with his teacher, and the two started a relationship, which his parents disapproved of, and felt sending him off to Lake Harmony was the only way to get his attention and get his life turned back around. But Lake Harmony is anything but harmonious, and despite what the brochures promise and outline, it is a cruel place where counselors 'encourage' other campers to torture (without le...more
Ryan Lum
Picked from the summer reading list, this book most definitely get 3 out of 5 stars for it's striking, electrifying, dazzling, and phenomenal storyline. This novel really will get to a person because its just so detailed that the reader can just imagine what is going on each scene in the novel. The book is primarily based on a boot camp named Lake Harmony which takes in disobedient teens and molds them into respectable young adults that there parent may be proud of. Lake Harmony is a boot camp t...more
Karen Ball
Todd Strasser takes on "behavior modification" camps -- those places parents send their out-of-control and/or disobedient children. Boot Camp is the story of Garrett, who finds himself handcuffed and taken by two "transporters" whose job it is to forcibly take children to Lake Harmony, where the full-color brochures promise that within 6 to 18 months, parents will get back the child they always dreamed of in place of the one they shipped off. Garrett believes he doesn't belong at Lake Harmony, a...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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It seems that every time I turn on the TV, there is some program about teen boot camps or wilderness survivals programs designed to straighten out even the most delinquent of teens. Todd Strasser, author of GIVE A BOY A GUN and CAN'T GET THERE FROM HERE, has written a book that takes the reader inside the boot camp experience.

Garrett is from a rich family and goes to a good private school where he is a straight-A student headed fo...more
"Du kommst hier nicht raus, wenn du ihnen vorspielst, was sie haben wollen.
Du kommst hier erst raus, wenn du bist, was sie haben wollen"

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Der 15jährige Conner hat keine Ahnung, wohin ihn die beiden Fremden bringen, die ihn entführt, mit Handschellen gefesselt und auf den Rücksitz eines Autos verfrachtet haben. Das einzige, was er weiß, dass seine Eltern etwas damit zu tun haben müssen.
Am Ziel der Reise angekommen wird ihm sofort klar, wo er gelandet ist: In einem Boot Camp. Ein Sch...more
Boot Camp, by Todd Strasser, is a fantastic novel. The novel includes an amazing plot, intriguing characters, and strong use of literary elements such as syntax, diction, and figurative language. I sincerely enjoyed this novel. It was a great read that kept me wanting to turn the page and never set the book down until I finished it. Even when I was done reading I was thirsting for more. What really brought me into the book was the strong character representation shown by Garret. Garret is a stro...more
I read the book "Boot Camp" by Tom Strasser. The book is suspenseful and highly entertaining. i was so engaged in the book i finished it only four days.
Garret is teenage whose parents believe is a troubled child so they send him to boot camp. When you get know Garret you realize that he is merely a kid who believes he knows what is best for him, so he lives his life the way he wants to. At boot camp he is physically beaten and himulated as the administrators attempt to brainwash him. Garret and...more
Ingrid Tong
Boot Camp by Todd Strasser is about a boy named Garret who gets abducted from his home and sent to a boot camp called Lake Harmony. The book is horrifying and sadistic because the content itself is very real and incidents that happen in the book may happen to many teens every day. The staffs at the boot camp are very strict and hard on the residents. They strip them of their dignity and brainwash them into becoming the perfect child by using many forms of abuse. Garret doesn’t think he deserves...more
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The book Boot Camp by Todd Strasser was a fast read. As I read and fallowed Garrett through life in Lake Harmony, I often found myself thinking about being in his shoes. When he was forced between spending a week in the TI or following orders Joe gave him, I often thought about which choice I would rather make. Whether to give in to what the camp leaders were trying to brainwash me with or to stay formulated in my opinion and what I felt to be right. This book puts the protagonist and the reader...more
Mario H.
I thought this book told me alot like the way i should be and act if i did not what to go to boot camp and get treated bad. Once my parents had told me if i did not change they where going to send me to boot camp for the whole summer and i would not be able to see them. They also told me that it woud change my life. Then now that i had got the chance to read this book i understand what would had happen to me if i had not changed.So if had to recomend a book for kids to read this one would be it...more
♥Robin ♥
I loved this book!!! Although I have heard of boot camps which are intended to help unruly children, I had no idea how terrible and horrifying they really could be. The author did a great job in writing this story as all the appropriate research was done on the subject matter. I really liked the ending as it leaves a lot for the reader to think about and it's not your typical run of the mill HEA.Included at the end of the book was an afterword in which the author gives a little more insight abou...more
Kahurangi Morehu
By Todd Strasser

Question 1: What was the most exciting part and why?

Bootcamp is a novel about a boy named Garrett that gets sent to a military bootcamp type place because his attitude at home is shocking and very poor. My favourite and most exciting part in this novel is when Garrett gets sent to TI or commonly known as Temporary Isolation for the first time. While he was in TI he felt very resentful towards his parents for sending him to this camp because he thinks he is well behaved, b...more
Did you know there are more than 70 juvenile boot camps operating in 30 states? In Todd Strasser’s fictional novel "Boot Camp," he focuses on the brutal punishments and intense auras at Lake Harmony (boot camp name). In the beginning, Garrett finds himself in the back of the transporters car on his way to boot camp because his parents feel that his behaviors have gotten out of control. Once he arrives at the camp he gains two friends, Sarah and Pauly. The three of them decide they need to creat...more
Morgan Wilson
How would you handle being picked up by strangers, put in handcuffs, and taken away unexpectedly to a boot camp under your parents consent? Garrett is the main character in the novel Boot Camp written by Todd Strasser, who went through this exact situation. He was a troubled kid that occasionally smoked pot, skipped school, and dated an older woman. On a random night, Garrett was picked up by a police officer that worked at a boot camp called Lake Harmony. Lake Harmony was located in the middle...more
Brianna Crossman

Imagine that for a moment, your entire world gets turned upside down. You are forced into a car with people you don’t know, on a drive to an undisclosed location. Your wrists start to cramp as the handcuffs grow increasingly more irritating and you are not allowed to use the bathroom or speak. That is the feeling the rebellious teens experience on their way to Lake Harmony in Todd Strasser’s riveting novel, Boot Camp.
Garrett is the main character in the book. He is an athletically built, intel...more
Lizzie Scott
Imagine sending your disobedient child to a “private school” to improve their attitude and intentions in life, but you actually sent your child to a boot camp. Garrett, a intelligent teenager, begins to fall behind in school, stealing money from his parents and starts dating his teacher. During his time in boot camp, Garrett becomes friends with Sarah and Pauly. Sarah has been in Lake Harmony for three years and is struggling to surive at Lake Harmony. Pauly, the weakest one was only in Lake Ha...more
S.A. Bodeen
3.5 stars. I "liked" it vs. "really liked" it, but I suspect teen readers would eat this one up and "really like" it. (The premise is engaging and the story just went a bit darker and bleak than this mom of two teens was in the mood for.) I really rooted for the main character, but began to feel like his situation was just a little too hopeless. But that's just me and I'm not the intended audience. Again, I think teens would find it absolutely riveting.
A touching tale of a troubled teen who is sent to a "boot camp" by his parents, Boot Camp is a work of fiction that draws on real life "teen behavioral modification programs." Garrett is sent to a camp in upstate New York by his parents because he does not fit the mold that they have created for him, and because of the physical relationship he has with his teacher. The camp is designed to break his spirit, and it comes very close to doing so.
Israth Wahid
I really loved this book, for its horrifying, brutal, and in result utterly captivating story. The scenes describing the main characters time in the boot camp demonstrated an unbelievable level of humiliation and pain that to me was realistic. (Spoiler) I like the twist near the end of the story in which the protagonist had to choose between escape and saving the lives of his captors. It truly spoke of his character that he risked his freedom just to rescue the people who had inadvertently cause...more
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Todd Strasser is an American author of more than 130 young-adult and middle grade novels and novelizations, some written under the pen names Morton Rue and T.S.Rue

Todd was born in New York City. When he was young his parents moved to Roslyn Heights, New York (Long Island). Todd went to the I.U. Willets Elementary school and then attended the Wheatley School for junior high and high school. His bes...more
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