Saturday, July 3, 2010

Review: Tagged by Mara Purnhagen

Here's the review I wrote of Tagged for my internship with TeenLibris.com:







Kate Morgan lives a pretty boring, average life—that is, until graffiti murals of gorillas start showing up all over town, and no one can figure out who the culprit is.
The students of Cleary High School are immediately intrigued by these murals—who put them up? Are they art? What do they mean? No one seems more intent on uncovering the mystery than Kate, the police chief’s daughter, especially when her cute co-worker crush Eli seems so interested in the murals, and her quiet, normal life just keeps getting weirder and weirder.
Tagged is a quick, fun read, but it is not all graffiti and mystery. Kate and her Vietnamese-American best friend Lan go through very real high school experiences, from forming crushes and new relationships to not being invited to the biggest party the town has ever seen. More than that, Tagged is a story about confidence and self-discovery as Kate learns to stand up for herself and her friends and discovers she can be more than just the quiet girl at the coffee shop.
If you are looking for something that is both relatable and different, Tagged is a great book to read. It offers an entertaining story about high school friendships, relationships, and identities while examining a question that has been debated for centuries: what is art?





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