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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
Most teenage girls love to try on new clothes, make-up, and flirt with boys, but not Sophie Mitchell. She would rather spend her time on the rifle range, and is on her school rifle team. That’s where her interest lies, but she may give a boy a chance to take her on a date. If he’s lucky and passes her father’s approval, then he could get a second date. Off Target, written by Molly Taggart, is about a young, headstrong teen who has confusing issues regarding dating, sex, and her fondness for rifles. This seems to intimidate the boys who are attracted to her. Sophie tries to discuss her problems with her big sister Emily and her parents. Daniel, Cory and O are her best friends, who always offer their advice until Sophie dates Paul more than once.
Molly Taggart has the ability to attract young adults, as she has written a book they can relate to. One of the things I liked when reading this book was the fact that she was able to make the main character and her problems realistic, as these are what teens encounter daily. Another thing I noted was the strong support that Sophie had from her family. They did not agree all the time, but worked out solutions. It was refreshing for me to read a young adult book that did not portray a lot of negative attitudes; making parents out to be uncool, and unsympathetic to their children’s feelings. Off Target is entertaining and cleverly written.