Book Review: Tattoo Heaven

Student Book Reviewer – Haleema Q.

Tattoo Heavenby Lori Weber
James Lorimer & Company Ltd, 2005
Pages: 160
Series: SideStreets
Genre: Realistic fiction

Summary: The novel, Tattoo Heaven, written by Lori Weber, is about Jackie adding some color in Theresa’s life. Everything in Jackie’s life seems to be going the wrong way. Her parents split up and her mom never seems to smile anymore. Her dad left the house and is now living with his new girlfriend, Nicole, who is a tattoo artist. She can never seem to give enough to her boyfriend, Alex, who doesn’t seem interested in her anymore. But all of that changes when she starts to visit Theresa, the sick girl who lives across the street. Jackie decides to get a bright butterfly tattoo, which seems to add some color in her life. But her life seems to get more complete when she gives Theresa a tattoo of an angel with bright wings. Theresa’s life was so white and pale before Jackie somehow found a way to add some color to it.

  • Did this book hold your attention? : Yes 
  • Was the story what you expected? Were you disappointed? Surprised? The story wasn’t what I expected. Honestly, I didn’t think it would end that way but I wasn’t disappointed. The ending was interesting. 
  • Do you think that the book was suitable for your age? Too violent, swearing, sex, etc.: I think the book was suitable for my age because the characters are my age and they have the same problems as every teen does. There wasn’t too much swearing or sex or anything like that, it’s something every teen would understand. 
  • Did you like/dislike the book? Why? I personally like the book because I can relate to it in many ways. At first, I thought it was a little boring but towards the end, it got more interesting and I like the way it ended. The ending is very powerful if you read between the lines. 
  • Who would you recommend this book to, even if you disliked it? Give an example. I would recommend this book to almost every teen out there because you can really relate to it. You’ll find the same problems you’re dealing with in the book and you may even find a way to solve them. There’s boyfriend issues, best friend issues, parent issues, school trouble, etc. It’s what every teen experiences and this book basically describes it all. 
  • Is this a stand-alone book, or is it part of a series? This book is a stand-alone book; it’s not part of a series. Although I would love to see a sequel to the book to see how things turn out with the other characters.
  • Does the cover art match the style of the book inside? The cover art does match the style of the book inside because the girl is looking up at the tattoo shop and a butterfly shadow is reflecting off her face, which is the tattoo she got. The girl on the cover also looks like the girl in the book because of how they describe her.

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