A review by mary00
Taking Off, by Jenny Moss


3 1/2 stars. I really enjoyed this better than average coming of age story, which is set during the time of the Challenger shuttle disaster.

In her hometown of Clear Lake, Texas, Annie meets Christa, the teacher who has been chosen to go into space. Annie is so impressed and influenced by Christa that she convinces her father to take her to Florida to view the shuttle launch. Along the way she learns about herself and finds herself questioning the direction her life is heading. Will she decide to remain in Clear Lake with her safe and comfortable boyfriend Mark, or will she take a courageous leap and follow her heart?

This book had an engaging storyline, interesting characters, and just enough sappy romance to keep me happy. There were a few times when I felt that the writing was a little clunky (thus the 3 stars instead of 4), but overall this was a great read! This would be a great (and clean!) choice for teenage girls.