Mon, September 15, 2014

Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley Review

Rites of Passage book cover

Rites of Passage book cover

Rites of Passage
By Joy N. Hensley
Publication date: Sept. 9, 2014
Harper Teen, 416 pages
Source: Publisher

Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she’s not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.

So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She’s even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won’t risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty…no matter how much she wants him.

As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.
At any cost.

Now time’s running short. Sam must decide who she can trust…and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.

— Goodreads.com description

If Rites of Passage doesn’t have a sequel — or even a novella followup — I’ll scream. And right now, I don’t see one listed on Goodreads.

Yup, it was THAT good for 3/4 but also THAT abrupt and torturous of an ending. Which makes me not even know how to respond to the book as a whole…gah!

I loved the storyline — it’s very much a better, more grownup Cadet Kelly. (Please tell me someone else gets this reference!)

And I liked Sam. Her tenacity and those who supported her really shined in Rites of Passage.

As upsetting as it was to read, I also think Hensley did a really great job detailing how ridiculously intense and, yes, literally torturous things got for Sam.

It’s the type of book you flinch at and devour and can’t put down…but lord, there had better be a sequel or I can’t even…

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: angst, boarding school, joy hensley, romance, torture
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  1. Judith said:

    Basically, yes to everything you said. I NEED this book to have a sequel because it cannot end like that. IT JUST CAN’T. I was loving this so much right up until the ending and then I was just like ?????? which is sad. Also, the academy looked like the school from Cadet Kelly in my head.

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    Anna Reply:

    IT JUST CANT — EXACTLY.

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  2. Pam@YAEscapefromReality said:

    Ok, I bought this but now I don’t know if I should read it if the ending is not satisfying. Someone asked the author on Goodreads if there was a sequel and she said NO. Did it end in a cliffhanger or something?????

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    Anna Reply:

    Or something 😉
    Just a surprising turn, I’d say. But…sounds like a potential sequel is coming and the rest of the book is really intense in a good way, so worth reading.

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  3. Teen Underground said:

    Of course I get the Cadet Kelly reference… are there any Disney channel movies from that era that I haven’t seen?!?

    I’ve seen some great reviews for this book, but the issue of the ending seems very upsetting. If the author doesn’t do a sequel, is it worth reading?

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    Anna Reply:

    YES. I still think Zenon is my fave from that time period!

    And yes again — this one is definitely still worth reading. Especially since Sarah commented there is likely to be a sequel!

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  4. Beth said:

    Ahhh, I just watched Cadet Kelly a few days ago on Netflix! 🙂

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    Anna Reply:

    HAHAH how did it hold up? I imagine it’s hilarious but stil quite enjoyable.

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    Beth Reply:

    Oh, it was as cheesy and delightful as you would expect any Disney channel movie to be. What surprised me (although I suppose it shouldn’t be that surprising) was that it passed the Bechdel test with flying colors. (I tend to accidentally watch things from a feminist perspective.) That was very pleasant to discover.

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  5. sarah/appifanie said:

    Joy is hoping that Harper asks for a follow-up – she’s ready to go 🙂

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    Anna Reply:

    YES. Best news ever.

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  6. Lauren said:

    I read this in one day! So incredibly addicting and good <3 So cool to have such a kick-ass lead too!
    Also I learned I would never make it in military school hahaha

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    Anna Reply:

    UMMMM I would fail miserably at military school = number one lesson from this book.

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  7. Alexa S. said:

    I’ve been telling Joy that she needs to write an NA sequel with Sam and Drill in it. Would that not be the best thing ever?

    Also, I loved this book. I think it was perfectly paced, and had great characters, and was just so darn addicting. So glad you felt the same!

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  8. Magan said:

    YES, definitely need a sequel. THIS BOOK. So very good.

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  9. Nikki said:

    la prima volta che sento clsafisicare Carl Sagan tra gli ufologi. Credo che in italiano si chiamino esobiologi, o qualcosa del genere. E, anticipando probabili commenti, SETI non riguarda gli UFO.

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