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Boot Camp

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  4,074 Ratings  ·  581 Reviews
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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Olivia 1. He was disrespectful to his parents
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1. He was disrespectful to his parents
2. They discovered he occasionally smoked weed
3. He did not listen to his parents
4. They wanted him to be more athletic
5. He had an affair with a teacher 8 years older than him
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Mar 26, 2014 Airaology rated it liked it
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
Dec 06, 2011 Betryal rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 17, 2013 Darcy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2013
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
Feb 26, 2008 Karin rated it really liked it
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
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Apr 02, 2008 Dracolibris rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit, 2008
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
Joanna Lee
Nov 12, 2015 Joanna Lee rated it it was amazing
"Boot Camp" by Todd Strasser is a great book for teens. It is a realistic fiction novel about Garrett's struggles with physical abuses at this boot camp that he is sent by his parents. One day, Garrett is handcuffed by a random man, and he arrives at a place where he hears people scream and yell. He starts talking to the guardians and gets beaten hard. Just for talking and asking questions, Garrett needs to get physically punished. Comparing this book to the documentary I saw about the military, ...more
Jan 29, 2009 Brian rated it did not like it
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
Abby Mcclellan
Apr 03, 2014 Abby Mcclellan rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 22, 2016 Molly rated it it was amazing
This book........ Oh my goodness this book. Rip my heart out put it back together just to tear it apart again. Oh. My. Gosh. I can't say anything. I am speechless. I might edit this later and write a true review, but all I can say is if you were thinking of reading this book, think no more for I shall force this book into your hands.
Jan 15, 2013 Sarina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jugendbuch, 2013
"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
Ali Mark
Feb 01, 2016 Ali Mark rated it really liked it
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Gut Instinct Rating - 5
Story Line - 5
Writing Style - 4
Characters - 4
Excitement Factor - 4
Believability for type and topics - 5
Similarity to other books - 3
Cover art - 3
Title Relevance - 3

When Garrett's parents think he's out of control, they hire transporters to pick him up in the middle of the night and take him to Camp Lake Harmony. Lake Harmony is basically boot camp for "troubled teens." Lake Harmony is
May 02, 2013 Danielc rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-camp
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
Ryan Lum
Jun 10, 2013 Ryan Lum rated it liked it
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
Nick Franzwa
Aug 29, 2016 Nick Franzwa rated it it was amazing
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Ingrid Tong
Apr 19, 2013 Ingrid Tong rated it really liked it
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
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky" for

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
Apr 06, 2011 Ruhama rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen
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
Oct 28, 2013 Sam rated it liked it
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
Mar 08, 2011 Judith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-books
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
Daniella Osovsky
Jun 01, 2016 Daniella Osovsky rated it really liked it
Overall I would give the book Boot Camp a because it was a interesting book with a lot of crazy details like in general in the boot camp they had a lot of fights with all the kids in the camp and Garrett (the author) gave us gory details about how the blood was dripping and multiple other ideas. But the one thing that upset me about this book was the ending. In the end of the book Garrett gets caught and goes back to Lake Harmony and his parents come there for him and ask him if
Karen Ball
Feb 04, 2012 Karen Ball rated it really liked it
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
Jul 20, 2009 Christie rated it it was ok
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Lindsay Edwardson
Feb 26, 2015 Lindsay Edwardson rated it really liked it
The following review is a collective review from my 2014-2015 highly-skilled Reading class:

"I like how the author added a plot twist whenever it made sense."

"The author's writing made me feel like I was experiencing what Garrett was going through in this novel."

"The author's writing really described the physical abuse that Garrett went through."

"I like the way the author writes because teenagers can relate to it, like how Garrett is thinking. And the plot of the story kept me interested."

"I like
Mario H.
May 02, 2012 Mario H. rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 09, 2014 Malik rated it it was ok
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
Dec 27, 2007 Alex rated it liked it
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.
A first person POV narration about a teenage boy getting sent to boot camp by his parents to "correct his behaviour". Sure, sure, it's all quite shocking and violent, but nothing that leaves a lasting impression - the characters stay too flat to really get me into it. Some things feel rushed, including the ending. Makes it a quicke read, though.
Dec 03, 2014 Bekah rated it really liked it
This book was really good. I gave it 4 stars because I liked the theme of the book. The boy in this book never gave up and would stop at nothing to help his friends. This book is also written in first person so you get to see what the main character is feeling and why he does what he does. Overall the book was pretty good and I would recommend it to someone who likes books with lots of suspense.
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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
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