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Battle Dress

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Based on the author's own experiences as a cadet at the exclusive United States Military Academy at West Point, "Battle Dress" is the brutally honest tale of seventeen-year-old Andi Davis, who views her acceptance at West Point as a chance to escape her dysfunctional family and prove to herself that she has what it takes to survive "The Beast," insider terminology for Basi...more
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Published December 1st 2010 by Speak (first published January 1st 2000)
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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.
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 le...more
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 more 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 nov...more
Jem  Langford
Jun 13, 2011 Jem Langford rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People going to college.
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 more 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 r...more
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.
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 more 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.
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 more 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 cad...more
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...more
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 m...more
Pipes, Dawn
P.6, English 4
Mr. Clark


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...more
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.

Rebecca Rotolo
Rebecca Rotolo
Mrs. Vestal
American Literature
November 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 i...more
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...more
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 s...more
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 more 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. :) :)
Siena Marie
This was a great read for so many reasons. I found the opportunity to look at Life at West Point exciting. This is not something I imagine myself pursuing but I found it interesting nonetheless. Battle Dress brought me to a place that in some ways I could relate to for example getting reprimanded for not doing well in her classes.
When the author described her settings she created a vivid picture of what was happening. In one scene she took 5 pages to describe the trip to West Point. She descri...more
This book is fairly old in the scheme of YA literature, but it's great book, and I wish the author had more 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.
Jasper Wu
The story is about a 17-year-old girl, Andrea Davis, went through the intensive Beast training at the traditional male centered Wes Point Military Academy. Her initial intention to join the army was to run away from her dysfunctional family where she felt constant discouragement. Soon she realized in this institution she had to live up to the standard not only physically but mentally as other male trainees and even beyond because of a female. The challenges of the training was just a part she h...more
Lauren (Likes Literature)
I should mention that I'm not a big fan or war or army books, but this one managed to hold my interest. The heroine was confident at times but self-conscious at other times, and her voice felt very real (maybe because the plot is artially base off of the author's own experiences?).
I like the fact that this book confronted how the women-at-West-Point 'issue' isn't really an issue at all- girls can be just as tough as guys.
I don't really have much to say about this book (other than what I already...more
I felt like it was kind of overdramatic and borderline Mary Sue-ish particularly when talking about Davis's depressing childhood and embarrassing family, and it was kind of hard to swallow at times because of that, but when it was good, it was very good.

The parts that really resonated with me as a reader were Davis's weak moments. Not when she was the tough good-as-a-man Iron Woman but when she felt inadequate, when she felt that her assignments were too daunting, it was very easy to identify wi...more
Battle Dress is about a teenager named Andrea Davis who joins an army academy ' West Point' to get away from her family because they think she can't do anything. Andrea wants to prove them wrong. She also finds her inner confidence and strength in the book. The two main reasons why I decided to read this book are because the character and I have the same name and to find out how militaries run. This book reminds me of a movie on netflix. I categorized this book as challenging because I got lost...more
Miss Balzaretti
The book Battle Dress tells the story of a young teenage girl entering the West Point Military Academy. The story takes the reader along with Andrea as she goes through basic training and overcomes both physical and emotional battles along the way. This book does an excellent job of telling the story of overcoming barriers to become successful. Andrea comes from a family where she always feels like the weak link and enrolls in West point to not only prove her family, but herself she can be a gre...more
Another fantastic Efaw book. I wish she would write more than two books though.
In battle dress, Andi is a down to earth, strong willed character. She has the drive to want to be the best while another girl causes the females to have a more negative look in the army.
Andi rises above this.
Battle Dress is the only book I've seen written about this topic in such a way. You want to cheer Andi on the entire time and see her succeed. Even if you've never been in her shoes, you are able to relate to...more
Allison C
From the start, I really enjoyed this book because of the way the author described everything. I liked the sense of humor she used in some of the scenes, also. This book had many strengths, but I felt that many of the parts were very repetitive, such as when the author was describing her daily routine. However, in many parts, I could predict what was happening, which made parts of the book sort of boring. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good book with an interesting st...more
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 more 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 s...more
So, I recently read the author's book "After," so I thought I'd check out her other book "Battle Dress." Turns out, I actually already read this book... Twelve years ago! My life was so different then, no kids, no husband. It's so weird to be reunited with a long lost friend.

The book had been updated since then. One of the characters in the original version mentioned how he got his combat award in Desert Storm. Remember that? In this new version, it was from Afghanistan. Other than that, nothin...more
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 more 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 n...more
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 more!

Battle Dress is the kind of book that leaves you wanting more. 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...more
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 more!

Battle Dress is the kind of book that leaves you wanting more. 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...more
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