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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.

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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Giselle
With an eye widening prologue that winds up your emotions, Red Heart Tattoo's powerful beginning sets the ideal mood for the whole book. Told in five perspectives, we experience the before and after of a school bombing that leaves grief at every corner, and loss at every rubble.

With five perspectives, we get a lot of individual consequences to the school bombing. Showing us how different people cope, how they grieve and support each other. Since the book begins a few months before the incident,...more
Laura
3.5 Stars

Confession time. I might have been looking forward to ripping this book apart. **Hanging head in shame** I know, I know…I’m scum, but growing up Lurlene McDaniel books were just not my style. I skipped right on by to rocker boys, shenanigans, and big trouble! :D I brushed her books off as fluff or Lifetime movies in print. Not that there is anything wrong with Lifetime movies! But…

I was wrong. Red Heart Tattoo by Ms. Lurlene McDaniel surprised, impressed and moved me.

Life can change in...more
Tana
This is the first book I’ve read by Larlene McDaniel, I was given a copy to review through NetGallery and find myself now trying to write a review. Larlene has written many novels as far as I can tell, she writes about love, loss, death, illness, and trauma that young people face today face.

The story starts with the explosion, 7:45 am a bomb goes off at Edison High, the explosion happened in a nanosecond, bursting first with a brilliant flash of white, followed by deafening roar....when the blas...more
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
I actually finished reading this book a couple of days ago and I liked it. It was very emotional and touched a subject that is very close to reality.

It was sad to think about because as a mother we send our kids off to school thinking they will be safe there. Red Heart Tattoo touches a little bit of bullying, jealousy, anger, teen pregnancy, and lots more. I mean for such a tiny book it was packed with a lot of real life issues. Two students at Edison high created a bomb and actually thought it...more
Debbie (at) I Heart YA Books
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 ta...more
Sonia
2.75/5

While Red Heart Tattoo succeeds in portraying the grief and horror that comes with a tragic event, it ultimately fell flat for me.

The novel opens with regular high school life. For me, this served two purposes. I had the chance to be acquainted with the characters and I also got to know them a little bit before tragedy struck. This way, when it did happen, the full range of emotions was felt. I will say though that at times, the first part of the novel dragged for me. It was interesting to...more
Sandra
When I was growing up I devoured Lurlene McDaniel's books, whether I begged my parents to buy them for me or I got them from the library. I must have read Don't Die, My Love at least ten times. So obviously when I found this book on NetGalley I was very excited. I devoured Red Heart Tattoo just like the rest of 'em.

The morning before Thanksgiving break begins, a bomb goes off at Edison high school. Red Heart Tattoo follows the lives of those affected both before and after the bomb goes off; seve...more
Anjana
Red Heart Tattoo is told from the perspective of different characters, each teenager belonging to their own cliques - the popular girls, the jock, the loner - unfortunately, just as it is in reality. As mentioned in the synopsis, the novel begins with a tragedy - there is a bomb blast at Edison High, , planned and executed by two kids calling themselves Apocalypse and Executioner, and we see the consequences of that day faced by five students, each of them dealing with the grief.

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Joy (joyous reads)
Ripped from the headlines, Red Heart Tattoo is a story of people coming together after a couple of attention-hungry kids set off a bomb in a high school. And in the centre of the chaos was Roth; a tattooed senior with a reputation for inciting malice. Roth has been attracted to Morgan for what seemed like an eternity. But Morgan was on the opposite spectrum of Roth's world; she's popular, president of the students council and was the other half of the 'IT' couple in school. That didn't deter Rot...more
Chelesbells
I knew what was ahead - it’s there in the summary, so I began this story, nervously anticipating the tragedy that was going to transpire. What I wasn’t prepared for was how engaging these characters would be. In the beginning of the book, the author does a phenomenal job introducing them and really letting you get to know them. Most are seniors on the verge of graduating and making their mark in the real world. Some have earnest and significant academic goals, and others....not so much. There ar...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Lurlene McDaniel books always find a way to my heart and my eyes are never dry.


What I loved about this book is the moving plot. So intense from the very first page, the reader is captured. There has been many real devastating events like this to see as if I were the characters it amazing. The suffering they go through, the pain, it just heart wrenching.


I really loved the love interest in the book. No, it's not quite a happy ending, but they are left with a connection. After all that they have b...more
Michelle
Actual Rating: 1.5

To me, Red Heart Tattoo was the book equivalent of that friend's mom/new teacher/random adult who was trying so hard to relate to the teens around them that they never stopped to look around and actually see who the teens were. Lurlene McDaniel tackles some pretty hefty issues in this book, but the reality of these issues seem to just pass her by. Since the 'issues' seem to be such a focus in the book, I will review in a list of issues that I found most problematic:

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Mitch
Red Heart Tattoo's one of those books that's gonna stay with me for awhile. A high school bombing's obviously a very heavy subject, but, for the most part, Lurlene McDaniel's writing handles it with emotion and poise. McDaniel doesn't exploit the tragedy for shock value and her words aren't dramatic to the point of being a tearjerker but rather subdued, which makes this book all the more emotional.

I have to admit I had trouble at the beginning. The prologue gave me the impression most of this bo...more
Mehsi
Short review:

This book was stunning, gorgeous and heartbreaking.

However, it was also confusing and at times I felt like the characters were mixing together in one blur.

Based on the blurb I expected this to be about the bomb in total. However, I soon found out (after confusion) that the first half is about the time before it, and the second half is about it/after it. Why this confusion? There is a prologue at the beginning of the book, and after that we get right into the story. The whole time...more
Tina (yAdultReview)
Originally published at Nose in a Book.

This cover is so weird. I thought this was a romance when I first saw it. I almost think it’s inappropriate for the subject matter, but whatever, I can shrug that off. The writing was incredibly simplistic and not very detailed, which annoyed me part of the time, but lent some realism to the narrative as well. This isn’t about a lush medieval environment, this is the aftermath of a bombing. There are, however, some incredibly cheesy lines that made me cring...more
Elizabeth B
Oddly, I didn't feel as emotional as I expected reading this book. The plotline alone gave me chills so I was confused when the book itself left me with no measurable feelings, either good or bad. The characters were typical, average teens almost to the point of cliches. The good girl, the jock, the moping girl, the troubled girl, the bad boy with a heart of gold...they were all there. I think perhaps this lack of original or creative characters is what made me unable to relate to the circumstan...more
Rebecca A. Rogers
3.5

One word for this book: haunting. It’s been days since I finished and I can’t stop thinking about parts of it. For me, it was reminiscent of Columbine, which was an absolute tragedy. Anytime innocent people die as a result of the foolishness of another human being, it sickens me. So in a lot of ways, Red Heart Tattoo tore me apart.

The book follows the lives of several individuals—from the popular crowd to the outsiders, and even to the perpetrators of the bombing, who call themselves “Executi...more
Kary
A big thank you to Random House Publishing Group and Netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read and review Red Heart Tattoo by Lurlene McDaniel!
I’ll be honest and say that I hesitantly requested this book. McDaniel has a knack for teen romances (and many deal with tragedy and difficult topics). Honestly, that is not my typical genre. However, the school bombing storyline is what ultimately drew me in. Let’s face it, this has been happening in our schools. When I was in high school, a bomb w...more
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
Red Heart Tattoo is a new addition to Lurlene McDaniel's masterpieces. I've always loved her writing style, and the way that she has an eye for grief and hard issues. She addresses them head-on and with characters that I can't help but care about. This book is no different.
At first it is a bit confusing because there are several rotating point of views, but I quickly got a handle on the personality and voices, and found myself caring, despising, cringing, and rooting for the different charact...more
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Chrissy
I was so excited to see Red Heart Tattoo by Lurlene McDaniel offered on NetGalley. Combining a physically and psychologically traumatizing event with a romantic storyline is like literature gold to me, if done well. Let me tell you, she did this really, really well.

First, I want to clarify that the book is by no means focused on the romance. The bombing takes full focus with the lead up and aftermath being explored from multiple viewpoints. Add in all the drama of teenage life into these charact...more
Sara
Red Heart Tattoo by Lurlene McDaniel tells the story of several students that are involved in a school bombing. The book focuses mostly on Roth a boy with a troubled past who rushes in to save victims of the bombing and Morgan the class president whom he saves and whom is blinded in the bombing. The students must figure out how to heal and move on after the horrible tragedy.

While I enjoyed this book and was very interested in how everything would work out I also found myself frustrated by the fo...more
Lucie Fuentes
As soon as I read the back cover, I wanted to dive into this story. I was curious how the author would treat the "after the bomb blast" ... I must confess that this novel has fulfilled all these promises. I eagerly turned the pages, and I was even somewhat surprised by the end.

Of course, the reader in me is excited by the prospect of a sequel to come because I liked the writting style of Lurlene McDaniel.
She managed to link the reader to its main characters before the explosion of the bomb by s...more
Joan
Dec 12, 2012 Joan rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: romance readers
Shelves: ya-books
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Kimberly

★ ★ ★1/2
I love this author! I first discovered her when I was 11 and I found a copy of her book that I inherited from my older sister, ever since then I've loved her books so when I saw that the fabulous people at NetGalley had this one available I had to get it!

However my elation was short lived. In the past few years Lurlene has been straying further and further from the style of writing she used to use. I know that times are changing but I miss the way she used to write her old books.

Don't...more
Jade Walker
I had deliberately avoided reading anything by Lurlene McDaniel until I saw the synopsis for Red Heart Tattoo, the premise was so meaningful. This book has kind of changed my thoughts about Lurlene McDaniel's books, I wouldn't go out of my way to read something by this author but I may consider accepting her books for review.

The reason that I wanted to avoid this author's works is because I've heard that it's just overwrought drama and to be honest it kind of is. You have so many dramatic teen s...more
Jen
Nov 20, 2011 Jen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc-s
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Krystal
I received this book from my book club without having read the synopsis, and based on the cover alone, Red Heart Tattoo is not a book that I would have chosen to read myself. But Red Heart Tattoo is nothing like the cover would make us think it is about. It follows the lives of everyday high-school students - the popular crowd, the jocks, the ones who are known as the 'losers' - with the narrative changing between 5 main characters. Then one day, something happens that will change the lives of e...more
Nina
My first impression of Red Heart Tattoo was that it should have been longer. There just wasn't enough time for me to connect much with any of the characters, and I would have loved to read more about each of them before the bomb goes off.

Red Heart Tattoo is well-written, and the plot is exciting. Since we follow the bombers through the book there's no mystery as to who placed the bomb or why, but more about if they will get away with it or somehow get caught. I liked how the story focuses on how...more
Kerri
I have not read any of Lurlene McDaniel's other books so I had no idea what to expect with "Red Heart Tattoo." I was very pleasantly surprised at just how powerful and real her writing is. This book is hard-hitting and pulls no punches. It literally starts with a bang as a bomb goes off at 7:45a.m. at Edison High. "Nine people die instantly. Fifteen are critically injured. Twenty-two suffer less severe injuries. And one is blinded."

So begins this ripped from the headlines story of a school bomb...more
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Lurlene McDaniel (born c. 1948) is an author who has written over 50 young adult books. She is well known for writing about characters struggling with chronic and terminal illnesses, such as cancer, diabetes, and organ failure.


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