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Posted May 8, 2012
Red Heart Tattoo
When I was in High school, the young adult novels that were out for us to read were Lurlene McDaniel books. And I loved them. I know that I read all the ones available at my library. They are just so heartfelt and close to home. They make you think about how great your life is at this moment in time. And this book is exactly what I remembered!
You are in high school. You are sitting waiting for school to start. You are chatting with friends, catching up on homework, and just hanging with friends. But then the unthinkable happens....a bomb goes off and kills some, injures most, and blinds one. What is going through your mind? I don't know how I would be able to handle it. Some of my friends, I consider family. If any one of them gets hurt, it hits home. So you can only imagine how Morgan feels when she finds out exactly what happens in her high school.
I think that this story was one of my favorites from Lurlene. She is such an talented author. She knows how to explain how people feel in the time of tragedy. She is an amazing author. And this is an amazing story! If you want to read a story that makes you keep turning the pages this book is defiantly the book that you will need!
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Posted September 18, 2012
This is one of those rare fiction books that speak wholeheartedl
This is one of those rare fiction books that speak wholeheartedly and truthfully about some very serious issues that are occurring in our day and age. From terrorism by young adults to bullying, teen pregnancy, and the age old theory of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ - where a guy from one side of the tracks finds himself madly in love with a ‘perfect’ girl from the other side - this tale has it all.
As we begin, the school kids are all assembled in the courtyard excited about the fact that Thanksgiving Break is upon them and they finally get some time off from school to enjoy a holiday and each other. At 7:35 AM…a bomb is detonated, silencing their dreams…
As the author brings us back to September, we are introduced to a girl by the name of Morgan Frierson. Morgan is Student Council President dating one of the jocks who’s mainly a soccer star, but in this season he’s also the field goal kicker for the football team - she is one girl who seemingly has it all.
Also in school, when he feels like going, is Stuart Rothman (AKA: Roth). He’s liked Morgan since sixth grade - before he became the bad boy of the town. He lives with his Uncle, who has just taken a wife, and spends most of his time at his Uncle’s business - the Ink Spot tattoo parlor. His Uncle is a military guy with a big heart. Roth was orphaned at seven after his parents were killed in an explosion of their meth lad and became a ward of the state before being taken in by his Uncle, who makes sure that Roth knows that he MUST graduate high school no matter what, and drop this whole ‘wicked’ side.
Kelli, one of Morgan’s best friends, is a cheerleader whose parented by a mom who wants nothing more than to relive her glory days through her child; although Kelli has an issue that will not only erase the cheerleading career but will also cause her to face a break-up.
Roth’s best friend is a girl named Liza who wants far more than friendship. Add into all this a duo called ‘The Watchers’ who hate the popular students and want to make sure everyone knows it - and you have an unforgettable tale with a wealth of emotion.
This author has done a fantastic job of overlapping fiction with fact. So much so, that the reader will be heartbroken when they think about the very real troubles in today’s schools.
Quill Says: A lovely romance locked inside a tale of heartache, determination and a look at having to grow up way too fast!
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