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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Tagged by Mara Purnhagen

Kate Morgan is just as confused as the rest of her classmates when she arrives at Cleary High to find six life-size gorillas spray painted on the side of a building. Could the culprit be one of her friends or classmates? And is the kind-of-amazing creation really vandalism, or a work of art? She's tempted to stay out of it, mostly because, as the police chief’s daughter, she's always accused of being a snitch. But when gorillas start appearing throughout the state, her investigative instincts kick in.

Now Eli, Kate’s favorite co-worker at the local coffee shop, is MIA. With her best friend, Lan, preoccupied with her own boy troubles, Kate needs to figure out some things on her own. Like why she can’t stop thinking about Eli. And what she will do when all clues about the graffiti point to someone she knows...

Tagged was a great read that held my attention and had me rapidly flipping pages, waiting to discover the meaning behind the gorillas.

To start with, the gorillas were by far my favorite piece of the story. It wasn’t so much the gorillas that I enjoyed though. My true favorite was what they represented and what they caused. The ongoing debate about whether or not the gorillas were considered art, as well as what art really is, was extremely interesting and dynamic. All too often graffiti is seen as vandalism and is thought to have a malicious connotation. It was quite refreshing to see graffiti depicted as a form of art and personal expression. Likewise, Kate’s inner struggle to determine her views on the graffiti was quite interesting to read.

This was a very well rounded story with well-written characters. Kate was a wonderful lead and her voice brought the story to life remarkably well. Despite having a slightly passive personality, she was still strong and willing to fight back. In fact, it was her passiveness that made her such a great main character. For a novel that is filled with so many big issues, her quiet, introverted personality was a perfect fit.

Despite the storyline being a bit predictable, I genuinely enjoyed reading this novel and could hardly put it down. Tagged combines self discovery, high school social politics, racism and graffiti with a bit of mystery and romance, giving it a fun flair with rich undertones. This was an all around great book and highly entertaining.

4 Stars!

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1 comment:

  1. I have heard all great things about this one. Great review


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