I love surprises. And this story was a great surprise for me, because I did not like it at first, at all. But fortunately after the second third the story found its momentum and I could not put it down.
Off Target is coming of age story. I is an interracial romance and it is also a tender family story. The main character of the tale is Sophie Mitchell, member of a high school team who likes marksmanship more than dating. She has her circle of friends and her family, and she is happy with her life. The story follows Sophie’s life from the age of seventeen till the early twenties and actually it is normal life, without too much drama, angst or ups and downs. What I liked about this story was its unpredictability. Whenever I thought that the story might go in one direction it ended up going in a completely different one, which turned out far better than the one I expected and that made me happy. Also, all the characters are likable; there are no villains here, just normal average people living normal lives.
As I already mentioned, I struggled a little with the story at the beginning, mostly because of the writing style. The author tended to insert these little snippets of conversation and it caused odd digressions in the story. That bothered me while reading because the snippets distracted me from the story line. Once the author stopped using those intrusive bits, the story became more fluid and much more enjoyable to read.
By the time I reached the end of the book I was thrilled that I stuck it out and read through the rough parts because the ending made me happy. The best description of my reading experience of this story is a quote from it: Sometimes life is like that mesh veil, Sophie thinks. You may think you know what’s under there; you can see the vague form, but until the veil is gone, and the light shines in all its revealing warmth, you don’t know, not really. And you might be surprised by what you find.
Off Target is a feel good story that I highly recommend.
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