Author: Mara Purnhagen
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: March 1, 2010
Can Kate Morgan stand up for herself—without being labeled a snitch?
Kate is just as confused as her best friend, Lan, when she arrives at Cleary High to find the building's been "tagged" with a life-size graffiti mural. Could the culprit be one of their 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 worried about being labeled a snitch. But when the same mysterious graffiti starts appearing throughout the state, putting more pressure on the authorities to catch the vandal, her investigative instincts kick in.
Now Eli, Kate's favorite coworker at the local coffee shop, is MIA. With 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 the clues about the graffiti point to someone she's close to…
With romance and mystery, Tagged is a semi-tensful novel with well-written characters, a fast-paced plot, and a refreshing premise. The relationships and friendships that happened in the novel were very interesting, but yet at the same time, realistic and connectable.
This book was almost not close to fluctuating, it was full of action the whole time. Sometimes, novels tend to have those really exciting parts, and then, the boring parts. This one is all excitement, you won't get bored at all, because there's so much going on. Purnhagen makes sure you can follow along with everything happening at the same time.
As the book progresses, the action starts to build up, things start to get even more and more intense. There was a lot of drama happening in the school along with the relationships with each character. And even cooler, you only get to know what REALLY is happening in the end because besides from it, it's all action and more added on mystery, where as, in the end, you actually get to find out the mystery.
Extremely simple and a typical high schooler, Kate is a truthful and real character. She got along really well with her parents, which was a part that I absolutely loved about this novel. She had those moments of feeling unsure of what to do, but in the long run, she'd end up making the right choices, even if it were a hard one. Eli, was another well-developed character by Purnhagen. I definitely enjoyed him too.
A quick and a light read, Tagged is a novel you'd want to pick up, full of relatable characters, an exciting plot, an original premise, read it... Now!