Rating: 4 Stars
Release Date: 9/1/2008
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About the Book: What would you do if you were required to serve two years in the military once you’ve turned 18?
Aggie’s eighteenth birthday is approaching, and as a teen in Israel, she must serve her time in the Israel Defense Force. Aggie doesn’t want a boring job stuck in an office filing paperwork for two years. So she decides to try for a combat unit.
Aggie’s mother is scared and sees her as weak, her friends aren’t quite sure about her decision, and Aggie herself has her doubts about if she can really make it hauling sandbags, sleeping in a tent, and gaining enough weight to be considered. She’s also developing a crush on her best friend’s brother, and life is getting more and more confusing by the minute.
When war breaks out and rockets destroy a friend’s house, Aggie decides she needs to be there to help out. But will she be brave enough and strong enough to make it through?
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: It took me a bit to get into this book, but once I did, I found the story so engaging. The story seems to start right away, without much backstory about teens in Isreal and required military service, so I found myself doing some research online to understand the backstory more.
The plot makes it seem like the whole book will be about Aggie in the military, but only a small part takes place with Aggie in her combat unit. The story is more about Aggie growing up and deciding what to do now that she's 18.
Even though Aggie is a teen in Israel, her story is one that can resonate with teens everywhere. She has difficulty with her family, she has doubts about her abilities, and she’s unsure about the future.
It’s easy to feel as though you’re there with Aggie as she’s struggling with her decisions and you want her to make it. The touch of romance with Noah added sweetness to the story and made Aggie’s tale seem even more real to me.
Highly recommended for readers looking for a different take on the familiar coming-of-age tale.