Review of Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley


Review: I was not really sure where this book was going when I first picked it up, but I am happy I did. I was out of breath the whole time I was reading this book, I could literally not catch my breath. Mostly because I got so into the book that I felt like I was one of the girls at the Academy alongside Sam. Another part of why I could not catch my breath was because I kept getting pissed at how the guys at the Academy were treating Sam and the other girls. If I was there, I most likely would have been kicked out for cursing, hitting, kicking, and back talking to the guys. I mean wow, they were mean and Sam just had to take it.

The characters and their depth was my favorite part of the book and plot. I mean they were so good that you felt like you were right next to them instead of reading about them. Just wow, it felt so life-like.

The book/plot/ characters were pretty badass too, which kind of made the book for me. I mean if I was in the Hunger Games I would want Sam to be my partner because well you have to read the book to find out.


5 out of 5 stars.

 416 pages.Hardback.


Young Adult. Romance. Contemporary. Realistic Fiction. 

Published by Harper Teen.

Summary: 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.-Summary from


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