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Why had the men chosen him? Savagely violated by two strangers, sixteen-year-old Grady West retreats into silence. Some hells just can't be shared. Searing and powerful, Target shows that people can go through unspeakable things and emerge whole-- and sometimes your friends can save you. Another "provocative tale" (Booklist) by Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson, author of The ParalWhy had the men chosen him? Savagely violated by two strangers, sixteen-year-old Grady West retreats into silence. Some hells just can't be shared. Searing and powerful, Target shows that people can go through unspeakable things and emerge whole-- and sometimes your friends can save you. Another "provocative tale" (Booklist) by Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson, author of The Parallel Universe of Liars....

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Target Reviews

  • Nancy
    2019-02-20 09:12

    Cross-posted at Shelf Inflicted and at Outlaw ReviewsAfter attending a school concert, 16-year-old Grady West decides to walk home by himself and is brutally beaten and raped by two men. I wasn’t sure I was ready for another story about teenage suffering, but after Mike's recommendation I went to the library, dug in immediately and barely came up for air. Grady’s story is harrowing. Before the attack, he hung out with his Group, the six friends he’d known since grade school. After the attack, he has abandoned his old friends and starts over at a new school. His memories continue to haunt him, he is barely able to speak, he has trouble eating, and he is plagued with self-doubt and confusion. Enter Jess, an outgoing African-American with dreadlocks whose relentless teasing finally elicits one-word responses and occasional half-smiles from Grady, and Pearl, a shy and slightly overweight girl who eventually succeeds in penetrating his shell.The author very realistically explores the effects of rape on a troubled young man and sensitively portrays his confusion over his sexuality, his fear, despair, anxiety and pain. With the help of friends old and new, Grady has some hope. I was very moved by this powerful and disturbing story.

  • Mike Puma
    2019-03-18 14:08

    After recommending Target to a group of which I’m a member, I decided I should reread the novel to make sure it was what I remembered and that it has held up over the six years or so since I read it originally. Target has held up very well and is particularly relevant at a time when there’s so much concern over the issues of bullying (more on that to follow). In some other ways, it is not the novel I remembered—my memory had revised the text, giving more prominence to its aspects I’d found most moving. I don’t like spoiler reviews, so I’ll try to keep anything of that sort out of what follows.One of the great things about YA lit is it’s seemingly more timely than adult fiction. Without relevance, the YA audience can be lost very quickly. In the case of Target, the issue of bullying is taken to its extreme. It seems clear to me that sexual abuse exists on a continuum—with the snide and snarky remarks at one end and actual physical abuse of the sort the protagonist suffers at the other. The reactions and comments of the responding police officer, the hospital staff, the newspaper report, and Grady’s (the 16-year-old protagonist and rape victim) classmates occupy varying places on that continuum. Even his well-intentioned parents are negligent to the degree they allowed him to suffer without assistance of friends or professionals.Crucial to a consideration of this novel is the role of Grady’s friends. It’s one of the things I’d ‘misremembered’ (to use the word of some contemporary politicians). An exchange between one of his friends from Before with his father long after the attack was particularly poignant, and I wish it had been longer—as it is, the friend’s frustration and grief is powerful.Something Johnson does very well in Target is slip in and out of the consciousness of Grady, moving from straight forward narration to Grady’s own thoughts. Following the boy’s rape:That Monday, obviously in no shape to go back to school, he stayed home. His mother offered to stay with him, but he mumbled No, and she looked relieved. He wanted to forget about his parents, forget about himself, forget about what had happened. He wanted to not move.As soon as they left, he went into the bathroom. Taking hold of his mother’s tiny manicure scissors, he carefully, bit by bit, hacked off his hair till he was almost bald.Then he went back to bed to finish not moving..More subtly, using what James Wood (and others—thank you, Mr. Wood, for bringing the technique to my attention and providing the name for it) has written so well about, free-indirect style or free indirect discourse, Johnson’s narrator says: He reached into his pocket, pulled out the pen and pencil stuck there, fingered them. Better. He ran his thumb over the smooth wood of the pencil. They shiny yellow paint that coated it felt thick and comforting. He remembered the fat pencils he’d learned to write with in grade school, their cheerful sturdiness. An attentive reader might stumble over the word ‘cheerful’ wondering whose word it is—who it belongs to. Unless the reader thinks Johnson is a clumsy, inept author, the only person that word can belong to is Grady himself, his own word for a time prior to his attack. Like everything in his life, things are either of Before or of After. The word works; it does double-duty. More importantly, perhaps, I like it, it involves me, it engages. But, enough about that. Johnson doesn’t provide readers with a tidy ending; indeed, the ending might seem rather abrupt. And that’s, probably, as it should be. Victim reaction to violence of the kind Grady suffers is too varied, too individual, to resolve with a ‘happy ending’ or the all-too-common gloomy ending found in much YA fiction. Instead, it ends on a note that everyone can share—a note of hope. It's a shame this title is Out of Print; even a casual reading of Target could go a long way toward informing some of the more inane comments made in the great bullying debate that we've seen too much of recently.

  • Steph
    2019-02-27 10:53

    A strapping, sixteen-year-old Grady West is raped one night walking home from school. Not the most talkative, confident fellow to begin with, after the attack, Grady shuts down, doubts his sexuality, changes schools, and nearly stops speaking. In art class, he is paired with two other social misfits and together they complete the assigned group self-portrait. In that regard, the book is a male rip-off of Laurie Anderson's wildlly successful SPEAK. TARGET also mimics the only slight resolution, slight glimpse of hope for the protagonist at the end of the book that SPEAK presented.Statistics and web links for information on male rape are included at the end of the book. My male students who read the book fiercely asserted that Grady didn't fight back hard enough, and that they would never "allow" such a thing to happen to them. I didn't particularly care for the book, but it kept my class reading and , yep, it triggered some enlightening class discussions. 10th-12th grade, no younger.

  • Rubi
    2019-02-20 05:46

    It was a good book. I never understood how (in most cases I've heard about) boys could "turn" gay after being raped by men so violently, but...This book helped me understand how it could happen. And see just how confused a boy could become. It was sad really, the doubts flooding Grady's mind.I understood why he didn't want to talk about it, but I also understood why his friends would've wanted to know what had happened to him....why he had shut them out? Real friends want to be there for you.I also like that he like a chubby girl hahaI'm sick of all these "beautiful/perfect" girls in movies and books. Some of us would like to know a guy can like us whether we're skinny or not, have blue eyes or not, etc. :)After first Jess annoyed me with his whole "No one likes me cuz I'm black" attitude. I hate when people use that excuse for everything, but he turned out to be a decent guy, pretty funny, and I loved how he was with Charlie (though some words could hurt a poor kid for life). Overall, it was a mind opening read, and funny at some points. I would recommend it.

  • Stephen
    2019-03-12 08:44

    Adolescence can be a tough time for anyone. For young men its a time for them to define their masculinity and come to terms with what it means to be a man. This struggle is at the heart of the angst over coming out that so many gay men go through. It's also at the heart of much of the gay-bashing and homophobia that goes on as well. This novel deals with those issues with the further complication of the young man's having been raped. The novel is from the point of view of the young man as he struggles to deal with an event that has very painfully separated his life into the before and the after. And yet by the end there is hope that with supportive friends and the help of profesionals he'll get his life back on track. We all love to hear stories of adversity overcome and we all have that attraction to drama that compells us to look at car wrecks even though we know we shouldn't. This novel has that appeal as well but it deals with these things in an ulimately positive manner. I would recommend this book to folks not only as an engrossing read but as an exercise in empathy and compassion.

  • Stephanie Banks
    2019-03-04 07:06

    “But really, what could he have done a year ago? What could he have said? Grady closed his eyes. Some hells just can’t be shared.”On his way home from a concert, Grady West is dragged into a van and brutally beaten/raped by two men. Skip forward to a year later, where we see an entirely different Grady making a fresh start at a new school. He won’t talk to anyone, is starting to look like a skeleton since he can’t keep food down, and can barely make it through the day without having vivid flashbacks of what happened to him. It is only when he’s forced to come out of his shell by outspoken Jess and shy Pearl that Grady begins to open up, deal with why he was targeted by his rapists, and reclaim bits of the life that was taken from him.Male rape is a highly sensitive issue to tackle, especially in books for young adults. However, Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson has handled it excellently and honestly in “Target”. It is an intense and rather graphic story that takes us along on the slow but sure recovery of a male rape victim. In the book, Johnson touches on several problems that male victim’s go through, such as the double standards for males and females when it comes to rape. Multiple times throughout the book, Grady wonders why people believe he should have been able to fight off his attackers just because he’s a male when a female wouldn’t have been expected to in the same situation.This is a rather important book for young males to read. Too often, males believe that rape is something that will never happen to them. “Target” might help them to understand that rape can happen to anybody, even males. Because of its controversial material, the book can’t be taught in classrooms since it would undoubtedly spark objections from parents. But, that doesn’t mean open-minded parents and teachers shouldn’t bring “Target” to the attention of young adults outside of school. The book is more appropriate for older teenagers who have the maturity to grasp to significance of the book’s topic.I give “Target” four out of five stars. Not only is it an entertaining read. It is also thought-provoking. And those are the best kind of books anyone can read.

  • Cathleen Ash
    2019-02-24 09:12

    It’s not easy being raped. Not very nice either. It’s not one of the moments you look back on with a clear mind and a warm, fuzzy feeling in your middle. No, you try not to look back on it all, but when you must (and it seems like you must every day, every hour) there’s a cold ball of terror, fear, guilt and shame stuck somewhere smack dab in the middle of who you are - sometimes for a very, very, very long time.Did I ask for it? Did I fight enough? Could I have done something differently?If only I’d left the (party, concert, friend’s house) five minutes sooner or later than I did. Good grief, did my body really respond to that while my mind cowered in a corner trying to hide?Was it my fault? Was I a target?This is the story of Grady – and how as if dealing with a rape wasn’t tough enough, he now had to survive classes at a new High School. He was supposed to be a senior, but was repeating his junior year because he missed so much school after IT happened. “Try to eat your lunch today, Grady,” his mom reminded him as she dropped him off.He made it to homeroom – saw an empty seat in the back and flew through groups of kids to get to it. He plowed over a small black kid and threw himself down.“You (bleep!)!” the black kid yelled, “so much for improved race relations honkey-butt!”Great, Grady shook his head; his first day and he was already longing for 3 o’clock. How was he supposed to make it to 3? Heck, how was he supposed to make it at all?It’s not easy being raped. It’s not very nice either. If you don’t believe me, spend a year with Grady at Thomas Jefferson High School in Target, by Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson.

  • Jinan
    2019-02-24 14:03

    I wish Goodreads would add half-star ratings, because this would be a solid 3.5 stars for me... But I'll round it up. In terms of the message, this book is important and insightful. I have not read anything about male rape victims before, and I think it did a really good job explaining how broken and confused Grady felt afterwards. It was heartbreaking to read that the police officers and doctor were skeptical about the assault being a "rape," because they found it so hard to believe that a strong, tall young man could be forcefully taken. Even his parents were unsure of how to treat him or think of him, and Grady feels confusion over his sexuality, why he was the one targeted, and whether he is weak because he didn't fight back against his attackers. Male rape is a topic that is not discussed enough, especially due to the stigma that men should always be strong and show no vulnerability. Story-wise, it was short but not very eventful. I did not particularly like Grady as a character, but his thought process and struggle was portrayed realistically, in my opinion. The ending could have been extended, however, since after the climax it felt a bit rushed.

  • Will Holt
    2019-03-05 11:44

    This book is about Grady, a 16 year old boy who is haunted by the memory of being raped by 2 aggressive men. After that night, Grady becomes numb and hurt boy who is paranoid about others discovering his darkest secret and shuts down the world around him. I had high hopes for this book, because I thought reading another YA novel would cure my Looking For Alaska hangover, yet I'm still hungover. I'm glad this book allowed us to see the world from the perspective of a rape victim and the effects sexual abuse can have. I did, however, find Grady to be annoying. All of Grady's friends are pouring their hearts out and opening up to him, and he doesn't even respond. The least bit he could do is acknowledge them or nod. Every time he did respond, he would say "Um" followed by a yes or a no. Grady cannot sulk in his sadness forever, but he did in about 170 out of 174 pages and I felt like I was reading the same thing. maybe I am just lacking compassion and sympathy, but after a terrible attack, we need to move on and seek help, instead of letting it control our lives.I did not enjoy the writing and would not read this book again.

  • Laurie
    2019-03-02 13:50

    I had to read this book as apart of a project I did exploring the issue of sexual abuse in young adult lit. It features a male protagonist going through some very deep shit in a startling realistic way. No cheesy crap is pulled. If you aren't ready to deal with the ugly honest truth of something this terrible happening then don't read it.The characters are fully alive and go through believable developments. If I didn't think it would make so many teenage boys uncomfortable, I would say it was their answer to Speak.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-02-25 10:08

    Wow! An intense novel.

  • Chloe-Louise Wheeler
    2019-03-18 14:04

    this book was Published December 13th 2005 by Laurel Leaf the book has 175 pages.Kathleen is 67, she works as a library technician and is the author of Dumb Love, Gone, The Parallel Universe of Liars and A Fast and Brutal Wing.the book is about a boy name grady, who was walking home one night when all of a sudden he gets taken into a van where he is raped and beaten up, by two men. grady is so traumatized after what has happened that he doesn't speak much anymore. he doesn't want to talk about it. To anyone. So he changes schools, stops eating, speaks only when necessary and keeps himself to himself.when he goes into the new school he makes a friend named jess that helps him speak more and stand up for himself.then one day grady runs into his old friends. he feels that if they know what really happened to him, they wouldnt want to be his friend anymore. the opposite happens. when they find out what happened, its his friends that help him move past it.i was so shocked by how descriptive this book was. every time something bad happened to grady i felt it too. i felt his shame, pain, and embarressment. it helped me understand what really happened to grady. People tend to forget that men can be raped too. at first Jess annoyed me. but he turned out to be a decent guy, pretty funny, this book did remind me of a Male version of SpeakOverall, it was a mind opening read, and funny at some points.I give it 4 out of 5i did think it was a bit rushed, i think the book should be longer or have a 2nd book.

  • Megan
    2019-02-27 13:54

    A powerful story with well-developed characters. My only complaint was how unrealistic it was that someone as deeply traumatized and non-functional as Grady would still be in public school.

  • Sheridan L.
    2019-02-24 11:56

    "Why had the men chosen him? What had they seen about him that said, take me?...Grady couldn't bear the answer: They'd taken him because they could, because he was theirs to take. They'd known, somehow they'd known. target.At sixteen years old, Grady West was savagely raped by two men after walking home from a concert. He struggles in his life trying to find answers for himself from both before and after the Night of as to why him? What led him to be the target of rape?I knew going into this book the topic would be heavy, but I was not prepared for how much this book drew me in. The writing style--and Grady's voice--is refreshing, heart breaking, and flows in a natural way drawing me into his mind and at moments I was on the verge of tears or feeling anxiety along with him. For me that is very unusual when reading a book. (view spoiler)[ I was really upset for Grady at how the police and hospital staff reacted to him after he was discovered on the night. Also how the paper not only basically dismissed Grady as a victim because he was male, but that even a sixteen year old male, and at his stature, should have been able to defend himself. (hide spoiler)] The book greatly showed how our society hasn't been fair to male victims of rape, and how the mindset of it being their fault is increased by society's standards on men. At first I was a bit off put by some of the harsh words and view points of Jess, but as the book carried on I came to understand him better and his ignorant comments made him more real. He wasn't just the "rough-around-the-edges-but-underneath-softie" kind of guy, he had good moments and bad moments and wasn't two dimensional. As for Pearl, I liked her the best and found her and Grady's interactions cute, like when she would gave him food help his anxiety. The friendship surrounding Grady slowly helps him recover and mend his mental and social stability. (view spoiler)[I wish more was written on the reunion of the group--especially when Ted comes to visit Grady and yells at his dad--but overall I'm glad they at least are mentioned at the end. (hide spoiler)] Overall I highly recommend this book as it covers topics of eating disorder, depression, rape and how friendship is important as well as surrounding yourself with people who care about you.

  • Misplacedparisian
    2019-03-10 10:45

    The story is of Grady, a 16 year old who gets assaulted one night, on his way back from a concert. At 6 feet and some inches tall, he wonders why him. How did they choose him? Reassessing his life and his encounters until what he calls the "after" he tries to figure out why these two men targeted him.Part of me LOVED this book, and part of me was utterly annoyed. I could sympathize with the broken Grady, laugh at the wit of Jess (a black kid with a sharp, sometimes cutting sense of humor), and identify a bit with Pearl (though my weight was never my concern, nor was I ever that shy, but I reached out to people who seemed to stand on their own). I loved the characters.I was annoyed with the repetition. How many times did we need to be told of Gwendolyn's hair color (as if it played a role in her pestilence)? Grade's repeated obsession with surfaces was never explained either. Did it help him feel grounded, real, part of something? No details on that, unless I read too fast and skipped over it. Also, the author was a bit raw with the details of Grady's rape. There must be another way to make us feel his pain or understand what he went through with a bit more tact. I actually tend to emotionally detach myself when things become too explicit and therefore I miss the point that is supposed to come across. There're also Grady's friends from "Before" who lost track of him and are deeply affected by his detachment when they bumped into him. See, Grady barely talks (which is another side the author could have explained better: why did he shut down speech-wise, why he can't keep food in, etc.)I love how they teamed up to help him though. That was the most beautiful part. They reached in, wherever he was and pulled him out despite all the circumstances that could've torn them apart.Consider a half a star added (goodreads should work on that.)

  • Rynn Yumako
    2019-03-15 12:53

    DNF at 70%.I think the book started with a good message. Sadly, these things can happen to anyone no matter their age, their gender, their skin color. The book dealt with the shame, the humiliation, the helplessness that came with it pretty well.But other parts were just cringe-worthy to read. Jess' sexism and homophobia was just too distracting, even though I could feel he was a good person underneath. Grady's fat-shaming and the way he thought about girls with anorexia/bulimia was equally horrible to read. I'm all for characters with faults and weaknesses, but these felt so immature and rude and pointless I couldn't accept them.I don't know where the author was going with these personality traits, but they made it incredibly difficult for me to get through the story. The bluntness with which the attack on Grady was written felt more subtle than those parts. These were the problems that made it impossible for me to really connect with either of the two main leads and what made me put down this book. Maybe by the end things might have changed, but I wasn't going to suffer through any more of this no matter how short the book was.

  • Jmackarla
    2019-03-06 10:09

    Target deals with a taboo: male rape. Grady west was viciously raped, as he was heading home, after a friend’s concert. Grady withdraws from everything believing it was his fault. He even switches from Delmont High to Thomas Jefferson High. At his new school, he almost fights with Jess --a homophobic African American--for a seat on the back of the classroom. Quickly, Jess takes Grady under his wing. In art class, Jess points out Pearl (an overweight artistic girl), Gwendolyn (a writer for the school's journal and unofficial blackmailer), and Fred (the gay guy). Grady rarely talks to anyone and sits by the dumpsters to avoid interaction. However, things change when Ms. Spencer -- the art teacher-- assigns Jess, Pearl, and Grady to partner up and create a combined portrait of themselves. It then becomes a sink or swim situation for Grady. I enjoyed the characters, especially Pearl (who manages to break out of her shell). I loved the it wasn't a complete happily ever after. Nonetheless, it ended on a positive note.

  • Ranysha
    2019-03-11 10:57

    Definetly not a book for everyone. I would recommend only to those who are really open to think about any issue even ones society as a whole is uncomfortable talking about like male rape. Yes, men get raped, and this tale, told my a women, is less about a man and more about a scared and confused boy who gets help for his confusion and ultimately comes out alright. Now this women knows how to end a story. I hate when I spend 200 pages getting ready for this awesome ending and being completely disappointed because the author decided to be a lazy a-hole and leave not an open ending, but an incomplete one. Johnson doesn't have this problem. She gives us enough to be satisfied with the ending, that's not completely predictable, but wished for, and leaves the audience, or at least me, content. I mean, why the hell would you want to walk away from a book thinking, what the hell just happenend? how the hell does it all end?

  • Lydia
    2019-03-18 08:42

    Grady is in high school, but he keeps finding himself to be the "target" of so many actions ay other people. Most of the attacks are homosexual in nature, but this is not about the true meaning of being gay; it is about violence. So Grady, knowing he seems to have "target" written on him, decides to just go through high school in silence. Until he meets the two strangest people in his art class. Why would this black kid decide to try to be his friend? And what did this overweight girl have to do with anything?This novel was one of the most powerful I have ever read. The writing by Kathleen Johnson is tight, concise and very clear in tis purpose and style. The concept of beiing a "target" is unforgettable and has the power to relate to so many teens who feel on the outside of school. Grady's silence, his inability to speak in whole sentences; his gradual awakening and opening is written with such tenderness and reality.I highly recommend this novel to all YA readers.

  • Patrick
    2019-02-20 14:07

    While other teen novels have explored rape, in this one the victim is a male. As in Speak, the main character (Grady) doesn't talk much, but there's a lot going on inside of his head. The incident has made him question everything about himself, and he's not sure of the answers. While the story is not told first person, readers get this character and these issues, and will understand why Grady hangs on the outside of his own life. There are some fun secondary characters, but this is the story about a kid going through life on the light side who gets attacked and his life turns into a dark ride.

  • Janie
    2019-03-20 12:02

    The book starts with a 16 year-old named Grady starting at a new school. Almost exactly one year previously, he was violently raped by two men on the way home, and he has become withdrawn, barely eating, silent, and has developed an almost OCD like habit of feeling hard smooth surfaces, like pencils. He is majorly confused about his sexuality and constantly questions "Why him?" Like Speak but it's a male, narrated 3rd person, and much more violent/graphic. Also there are more developed characters, as Grady meets new people in his new school.

  • Vicki
    2019-02-20 10:01

    6"3' junior Grady West loves his friends & school life. But walking home late one night, he is abducted by 2 drunken men, who beat him up, rape him & leave him by the side of the road. Grady retreats into a shell & loses weight, doesn't want to talk to his family. Grady changes schools, so no one there will know about him. But the 1st day of the new school, he befriends Jess-one of the few black kids at school with his help-constant talking,Pearl-the fat girl and Fred-the fag they help Grady realize, he had been a target.

  • Nora Keating
    2019-02-28 06:42

    While it was thought-provoking subject matter, something about it felt a little rushed. I would have liked to delve deeper into the character actually dealing with the aftermath of his rape. Most of the story was just him freaking out. I would have liked more focus on him coming to terms with his attack and getting reconnected with his friends. All of that felt really rushed. It would have been interesting to to watch him actually cope with life, not just watch him have major panic attacks every other paragraph.

  • Corinne
    2019-02-26 11:43

    A startling, third person novel about how one night destroyes 16 year old Grady's convictions and beliefs about himself and others. A year after being beaten and raped by two men, Grady wanders almost catatonic through life at a public school far from where he used to attend for fear of anyone finding out. The style is unsympathetic to unready readers, brutally honest about the things that go through Grady's head, both about the rape and the aftermath.

  • Meaghan
    2019-03-15 12:46

    A slim but excellent portrait of the impact of sexual assault on an adolescent boy. People tend to forget that men can be raped too, and not just in prison. When it happens, the shame and the sense of isolation are usually much worse than it would be for a woman. I thought Grady's misery and silence was very well-handled, and the supporting characters were also fully fleshed out and not just flat indistinguishable paper dolls like they are in a lot of YA books about high school students.

  • Erin
    2019-02-27 11:55

    When you think rape victim, you think a pretty, young girl. One who might be dressed a little provocatively. That is the complete opposite of Grady- young, muscular male. Grady is still a rape victim though and must deal with the consequences. This is one of the few books that I have read for my YA lit class that I actually didn't want to end. It was that good. You want Grady to reach closure and to heal. http://mls-librocubicularist.blogspot...

  • Alicia
    2019-03-01 10:07

    An explosive plot is almost too explosive for the target audience. Grady is beaten and raped. So, Grady isn't surviving too well at the moment between the pain and shame. He then finds some misfit friends after moving away to avoid people and through this healing there are also hints of homosexuality and prior abuse. Standing in front of his canvas, Grady felt himself blur. Then, feeling the weight of his own bones and blood, he came back. It was odd, having a body to return to.

  • Ali Mark
    2019-02-26 05:47

    Read the full review at http://rainbowreviews.wix.com/reading... or on Instagram @RainbowReviewsKCGut Instinct Rating - 4Characters - 4.5Believability for type and topics - 5Similarity to other books - 4Writing Style - 5Excitement Factor - 4.5Story Line - 5Title Relevance - 4.5Dust Jacket Art - 3Goodreads users gave this book a 3.81. I think it was more deserving of a 4.39.​​Emoji Meter:

  • Ashley.H
    2019-03-14 08:04

    I loved this book partly because it wasn't your average story about a girl being raped then having to deal with the issues that come along with that.But in this story we get to look at rape through a mans point of view which in many ways was refreshing. this book was emotionally filled ,gritty , honest and simply amazing.

  • Jurri Saddler
    2019-03-06 09:43

    I randomly stumbled on Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson's book, "Target" and am glad I did. Johnson tackles a tough subject and although it can be tough to bear at times, at no point did I want to put it down. I hope to read more from Johnson. Her ability to weave a captivating story is almost unparalleled.