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Change is coming to West Point!

One drives off a cliff. An alarming number of others resign. Something at the military academy is causing the unusually high attrition of women cadets. Jan Wishart aims to find out before she's the next statistic at West Point. Her second year at the formerly all male citadel should be the fun year. But when one friend shows signs of abuse an
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Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published January 30th 2015 (first published January 20th 2015)
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Tracy
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you have ever wondered what it was like to be a woman attending the United States Military Academy at West Point in the early 1980s, read Susan Spieth's "Gray Girl" series. "Area Bird", the second book chronicles the happenings of Cadet Jan Wishart's second year at West Point. The first book, "Gray Girl", is an account of Jan's plebe (freshman) year. Spieth gets the details right, from describing the many different uniforms worn to the food served in the mess hall. While Jan's experiences mig ...more
Ed Blomstedt
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in West Point
Recommended to Ed by: Saw it at the Cadet Book Store, West Point
I have collected almost every piece of fiction written on West Point since the 1850's. Hundreds with a couple works emerging each year. The genre has really moved along with the times and Gray Girl series breaks new ground

There were several fictional series about cadets moving through the four years of West Point in at the turn of the 19th century and into the 1950's. Nothing dark, just melodrama with cadet hazing or cheating, a villain, a hero, a positive moral resolution. The drama moved to a
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Vanessa
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, military
Fast read and realistic of the issues and human dynamics of being a cadet at West Point. Really enjoyed the book. Didn't read it...devoured it. Suggest you read both books in order. Enjoy! I felt I relived my USMA days by reading this book, but even if you didn't have that experience, its just a great mystery, great book about the military leaders getting trained.
Gail Williford
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great writing! Great stories!

The Grey Girl stories are wonderful reads. Former cadet Susan Spieth knows whereof she writes. Anyone who is interested in the military academies, leadership, and roles of women will find these books intriguing. Do yourself a favor and read these. I can't wait for more.
Lisa A Letarte
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great book

Loved this book and really wish the third one was written already. As a female grad from the class of 1988 the story brings back memories and has me wishing I'd kept a journal. Looking forward to the next book
Judy Ulmer
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book

I loved both books I finished both books in four days. hope to read more books by this author.
Sweetpea
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from the GoodReads First Reads Program in exchange for an honest review. Great read, really enjoyed it.
Violet
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Intriguing, although fiction the author takes you inside the lives of women at West Point. A twist at the end I didn't see coming.

Thanks to Goodreads and Susan Spieth for my copy.
Janice
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. This was an interesting story about Jan Wishart who is in her second year at at West Point. It described many of the every day happenings that befell Jan as a female in a mainly male military setting. It described many of the problems and goings on at the academy. It also addressed the problem of the high number of women cadets who unexpectedly left mid term and the possible reasons why they abruptly left. Jan and her frie ...more
Emily Crow
This novel is about Jan Wishart, a West Point cadet in the early 1980s, and the trials and tribulations she and her friends endure as women in a male-dominated institution. It was a lively, enjoyable read, although it did feel a bit like the author tried to mention every possible issue that could affect these young women: discrimination, harassment, rape, unplanned pregnancy, abusive relationships, eating disorders, closeted lesbians. Sometimes it worked, and sometimes it felt rather melodramati ...more
Chris
Jun 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting inside look at the early days of women at West Point. I would liked to have read a little more about the academic side of life; it seems like they had plenty of time for sex and drinking. I would have thought the busy schedule and tough academics would have left little time for the wilder side! Sounds like it was more like a typical college life than you would think1
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Susan I. Spieth graduated from West Point in 1985 and served five years in the Army as a Missile Maintenance Officer. After completing her military service, she attended Seminary where she earned a Master of Divinity degree. She is an ordained clergywoman in the United Methodist Church, having served five churches as Pastor/Associate Pastor for seventeen years. Susan and her husband have two child ...more

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