by Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson


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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 Parallel Universe of Liars.

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ISBN-13: 9780440239109
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 12/13/2005
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 4.22(w) x 7.06(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson, a library technician, lives in Rockville, Maryland. Her other books include The Parallel Universe of Liars and A Fast and Brutal Wing.

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Target 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
peonygoat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Grady slowly comes to terms with having been raped as he starts attending a new school.
meggyweg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i agree with the earlier reviewer. i thought it would be a great book because of the reviews. But it was just OK. It was extremely graphic, kind of disgusting and perverted [it makes me wonder about the author]. And i couldnt stand how they repeated the obvious such as Jess was a black kid with dreads. Pearl Was Fat. Gwendylyn had red hair that was tucked behind her ears. There teacher was hott. Fred had crazy brown hair. Every time i read about them i dont wanna hear Grady looked up at Jess his brown face looking back at him, dreads everywhere. As he turned his head his dreads shook. i got the point! He's black, she's fat, she has read hair, he's gay! OMG stop talking about it. And i didnt like how the book was kind of racist and sexist. i think she over exaggerated with all that, black people dont' act like that and the way she talked about gays was just wrong. Plus some of the things that were meant to be funny weren't even close. i didnt even laugh at the stupidity of it [the joke]. But overall i guess the book was ok. i still wanted to read it even though it got on my nerves at time. And the ending was ok too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it wasnt my favorite of a book. it was kind of graphic for my was okay i guess. I expected more from it from all the good reviews...o well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a really good book. I read this book when it first same out a long time ago, and I still remember every detail because it was really good(and sad). I say, if you want a really good book that'll rock ur sox too, read this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first read this book I couldnt put it down. Just the things that were happening to this boy were just atonishing. It was disturbing for me. I had my best friend read it she thought the same thing. It was just a very powerful story. I felt sorry for Grady. I really enjoyed the book. But I wouldnt recommend it for 12 year olds. It may be a little to much for them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i am reading the book right is excelent,i can not put it down. Grady,Jess,and Pearl are a very unlikely trio. And grady,after being raped,is not sure if he is gay or straight. but he is strangly attracted to the over-weight pearl. there is a twist in the middle of the book, tracy,his best friend from his old school,came to see him one day. that astonished me. this book is great. i would recommend it to 12 year old's and up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent companion to Anderson's Speak, this is a story of healing and of frienship - love the character of Jess. Older teens only?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so good ! I mean Grady was such a realistic character. I couldn't put the book down. I liked how the author mixed the story with these diffrent outcats who usually would have nothing to do with each other and put them in a 'group' all beause of Grady.