By: Joy N. Hensley
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Sam McKenna is one of the first-ever girls to join an all-boys military school, which she expects to be a piece of cake, as her father is a general and she’s grown up a military brat all her life. But the training turns out to be much harder than she anticipated, especially when it becomes obvious that someone is trying to get rid of her and all the other girls. Plus, her growing crush on her drill sergeant isn’t making anything easier.
Parents should be aware that this is a young adult book and contains:
• Profanity (some uses of d*mn, h*ll, and sh*t, and one F-word)
• Physical attraction
• Two teenagers of the opposite gender sleep in the same bed and cuddle
• Cruelty and harsh treatment, especially toward a teenaged girl
Rites of Passage is a contemporary standalone debut with strong main characters and a riveting plot. The abuse Sam suffers just because she’s a girl will make readers care for her even more, and the ending is solid, but not entirely satisfactory.
Readers who enjoyed Rites of Passage might also like The Sky is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson.