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Red Heart Tattoo

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  611 Ratings  ·  129 Reviews
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 McDan
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Jul 29, 2012 Giselle rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc, contemporary
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,
Dec 06, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
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
Feb 13, 2012 Sandra rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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
Oct 30, 2011 Tana rated it really liked it
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
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Sep 03, 2012 Damaris (GoodChoiceReading) rated it really liked it
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
Joy (joyous reads)
Nov 22, 2011 Joy (joyous reads) rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, net-galley
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
Debbie I Heart YA Books
Mar 26, 2012 Debbie I Heart YA Books rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 27, 2012 Anjana rated it liked it
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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Michele at A Belle's Tales
Jan 18, 2012 Michele at A Belle's Tales rated it it was amazing
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)
May 14, 2012 Savannah (Books With Bite) rated it really liked it
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
Jun 27, 2012 Michelle rated it it was ok
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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Jul 29, 2012 Mitch rated it really liked it
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
Mar 17, 2016 Cassie rated it liked it
I love that Lurlene is trying to move on to different subject matters other than childhood illness. I either love her books or am meh about them, this one falls in between. She's trying so hard and Roth and his family are great characters, I just wish the other characters were as fleshed out as him. It takes a while to get to the actual bombing which I think could have been used to develop the other characters. [particularly Kelli and Mark] There is a great red herring in the book. I did appreci ...more
Jan 17, 2016 Amy rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, 2016
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Jun 05, 2015 Morgan rated it liked it
When I first picked up this book, I thought it was going to be a cute romantic book. After reading it, this was not at all what I expected. The fact that it was from different perspectives of a high school and what students think about and deal with everyday was very interesting. I think that there were some parts that were very slow and not as interesting, but it wound up to be a good read.

I think that the main character was definitely Morgan and Roth, and the other characters were definitely a
Jun 29, 2016 Heather rated it liked it
This book follows the lives of a number of senior students before and after a bomb is detonated inside the school leaving death and destruction in its wake. Unfortunately, the grief didn't ring true for me and events happened far too quickly to be really believable.

Although there were a few main characters, Morgan was certainly the lead protagonist. She was okay, but my favourite was Roth, tough, a bit of a loner and a suspect in the bombing, but underneath the ink and piercings a caring, kind y
Aug 25, 2014 Shannon rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: High Schoolers
Recommended to Shannon by: saw at library
I really enjoyed this book, overall. The plot line was good and the author (Lurlene McDaniel) stuck to the plot line well. Personally I think the book features the typical romance story of the "good girl falling for the bad boy" which I am a little bit mixed about. I think McDaniel's should have opted out of going for this typical love story because it is a very common plot, however she did make it her own a bit by making one Morgan loose one of her major five senses, and therefore forcing her t ...more
Lorren Pitchford
Mar 27, 2016 Lorren Pitchford rated it it was ok
This book was powerful and a easy read; I devoured it in one day while sitting by the lake. While the book was intense and interesting, it was not my cup of tea. It was a little slow. It took forever to get to the actual bombing, which is what I really wanted to read about - not some cheesy romance the took up the whole beginning. The one thing that I really did like about this book was the many character and the telling of how they survived this bombing after it altered each of their lives dras ...more
Taylor Windmann
Oct 24, 2014 Taylor Windmann rated it really liked it
The Book Red Heart Tattoo gave us a very good perspective of what it is like to encounter something very traumatic that stays with you forever. In this book we see from many different point of views how life-changing situations affect various people. Each person comes from a different background with their own stories to tell.
In this book the kids at Eddison High get bombed and many people are injured. In this book we get a detailed description of the events that lead up to the bombing and th
Mar 15, 2016 Felicia rated it it was ok
It wasn't a bad book, as far as the plot went.
I couldn't stand the writing though. The characters were came across as too straight, too dull, too cookie cutter. But they shouldn't have been. For me, the way it was written, really deteriorated the potential of this book.
However. Portrayal aside, I did like the story line. It was very 'real life', exciting and surprising yet at the same time very casual, typical.
I wouldn't per say recommend it, but I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading it.
Feb 14, 2016 Mehsi rated it really liked it
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
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
Elizabeth B
May 15, 2012 Elizabeth B rated it liked it
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

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

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
Dec 20, 2011 Kary rated it really liked it
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
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
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Dec 10, 2011 Chrissy rated it really liked it
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
Jul 24, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it
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
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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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