[Review] The Academy by Katie Sise

*I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Title: The Academy
Author: Katie Sise
Publisher: Bazler + Bray
Publication Date: May 22, 2018

Frankie Brooks knows what she wants in life: to become the world’s next great fashion editor. All she needs to do is get into the elite American Fashion Academy in New York City. If she gets in, her life plans will be going right on schedule. Anna Wintour, watch out.

But after Frankie messes up one too many times—hey, it’s hard not to prioritize her acclaimed fashion blog above all else—her parents come up with entirely different plans for her future: military school. How is Frankie, the least athletic person in the world, who knows absolutely nothing about the military, going to survive a whole semester at the famed—and feared—Academy?

With classmates who seem to be totally uninterested in her, a course load that’s even more difficult than her old school’s, and the weird War Games competition she has to join, Frankie finds that her life is way tougher than it used to be. And no one, including her roommate Joni, seems to understand Frankie at all.

As she learns how to cope with impossible military drills and intimidating specialized classes and is maybe even falling for super-hot and super-smart cadet Jack Wattson, can Frankie prove to everyone that being a fashionista doesn’t mean she can’t succeed?divider_line (1)
Review: When I first discovered this book my first thought was “Oh my God it’s Cadet Kelly in book form”. But, it was definitely a slower paced story and Frankie’s character was younger than I was expecting. There was also a lot of focus placed on the fashion side of things, which I didn’t really relate to as much.

Frankie is a rebellious fashion-obsessed girl who is not afraid to break the rules and often gets in trouble. Her parents decide to send her to military school in the hopes that it will teach her discipline, which she is seriously lacking in. The only problem is that she has way too much personality to fit in a uniform. She is definitely free-spirited and she runs a blog all about fashion in the hopes that it will help her get into the industry.

When she discovers that she has a curfew and has to wear a uniform that is basically fashion suicide in her mind, she considers her life ruined. Frankie rubs everyone the wrong way with her lack of respect and inability to follow orders. The only bright spot is that her roommate Joni seems nice enough and is willing to help her get on track before she flunks out and is forced to repeat a grade.

She all but hates her new life until she meets Jack Wattson, who happens to be Joni’s best friend. They definitely had chemistry, but their relationship kind of dwindled a little bit throughout the book. I was like “ARE THEY or AREN’T THEY?” the entire time. I think I kind of expected a bit more romance? This book is definitely on the younger side of YA.

One thing I did appreciate about this story was that it deals strongly with disability in regards to the military as well. The love interest, Jack, is actually deaf, and I found it refreshing.

Overall, this book was definitely an okay read, there was just some things that didn’t quite work for me. Maybe my expectations were too high going in, but the romance was lacking and there wasn’t really a climax. It definitely needed a “wow” factor.

Rating: 3.5/5

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