Red Heart Tattoo by Lurlene McDaniel

Red Heart Tattoo

                 Red Heart Tattoo


At 7:45 a.m. on the day before Thanksgiving break, a bomb goes off at Edison High. Nine people die instantly. Fifteen are critically injured. Twenty-two suffer less severe injuries. And one is blinded. Those who survive, struggle to cope with the loss and destruction. All must find new meaning for their lives as a result of something they may never understand.

Lurlene McDaniel's signature expertise and finesse in dealing with issues of violence, death, and physical as well as emotional trauma in the lives of teens is immediate and heartrending.

From the Hardcover edition.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Expected publication: July 24th 2012 by Random House Children's Books 

(MY THOUGHTS)      5 Hearts!!!!!
Red Heart Tattoo ripped my heart to pieces. Lurlene McDaniel has a gift for writing heart-stopping storylines. I definitely knew I had a heart because it was breaking for these six teenagers. Red Heart Tattoo is told from five POV’s with the main prospective coming from Morgan. All the characters in this story will steal your heart. Lurlene McDaniel has taken high school drama to its darkest emotional level. I'm sitting here writing this review through tears. After reading this novel, it will take me a few days to get my own emotions together again. McDaniel is an awesome writer who takes readers deep into the teen world of jealousy, hate, violence and death. But McDaniel also shows you the hope, forgiveness, healing, love and the strength to survive.

Morgan is a senior who has everything going for her: excellent grades, student council president, and her boyfriend Trent is a soccer star. Morgan and Trent are in the elite group along with her best girlfriend Kelli, who’s the lead cheerleader and Kelli's jock star football quarterback, Mark. Everything comes easy for this elite group. But nothing comes easy for the loner group, and this is the group Roth is in. He's a badass with tattoos and face piercing's, but still Roth wants what he knows he can't have. Roth has wanted Morgan ever since sixth grade, and this is his last chance to get what he wants. So to hell with the consequences. There is one more group, the losers, who sit back and watch all the groups. And with their jealousy and hate, they want to get even with the other groups.

At 7:45 a bomb goes off. This will change everything in the lives of these groups at Edison High School. Careers will be destroyed, bad situations that seemed hopeless will be given away out, and love that had no chance will get its chance. But for some, tomorrow will never come.

Red Heart Tattoo will pull at your heartstrings. I never do spoilers, but there’s a scene where Roth said the most beautiful words, and I just have to share: He lowered her onto the pillows, leaned down and kissed her closed eyes. "I'll take whatever you want to give me, he said. "Nothing more." The ending in Red Heart Tattoo was very different and definitely a surprising one. I highly recommend Red Heart Tattoo as a must read.

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  1. For a little while I only read Lurlene McDaniel books! I haven't read one in so long and you have reminded me of that. Thanks!

    1. Bianca, This is the first book I've read by Lurlene McDaniel, but definitely won't be my last. She a wonderful author. I can see why you loved reading her books :)

  2. This sounds amazing, heartbreaking, but amazing. Thanks for featuring it. I hadn't heard of it until now.