Friday, June 18, 2010
Target by Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson.
Today's review on on Target by Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson.
Why had the men chosen him? What had they seen about him that said, I’m your target?
Savagely violated by two strangers, 16-year-old Grady West retreats into a deep silence. Everything about the life he knew fades away. He switches to a new school and stops calling his old friends. He can’t talk to his family. As fear and doubt and memories of his horrible experience take over his head, Grady can’t even eat. But there are those around him who can see beyond his silence and want to know who he really is. As Grady struggles to climb out of the pain and recover from his trauma, he begins to connect with people who show him that life is still worth living.
I found this book at the library and read it in one night. Grady's story is sad but up lifting. A boy who at only 16 years old was beaten, raped, and left for dead has to learn to get back up. You can really see the struggle in Grady as he leaves his old school for a new one in order to escape the demons of that night. I liked how his confidence grew and the book progressed and how he started opening up to the people who cared about him. The character Jess was very funny, something Grady defently needed. I recomend this book, but beware of the mature sistuation that Grady is put into.