Kate Morgan is just as confused as the rest of her classmates when she arrives at Cleary High to find six life-size gorillas spray painted on the side of a building. Could the culprit be one of her 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 always accused of being a snitch. But when gorillas start appearing throughout the state, her investigative instincts kick in.
Now Eli, Kate’s favorite co-worker at the local coffee shop, is MIA. With her best friend, 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 clues about the graffiti point to someone she knows...
There were a wide variety of characters, but Mara managed to keep the plot moving at a fairly quick pace, but also let all the characters develop. Lan, Kate’s best friend, was awesome. She added a lot to the book. She helped Kate through tough times and was a truly great best friend. She dealt with some racial discrimination which made me hate the antagonist even more. Tiffany, the spoiled, bratty, rich girl who was planning a HUGE party was easy to dislike. She was mean to Lan, and pretty much thought of herself as queen. I loved that she got her comeuppance in the end.
Now as I mentioned before the main plot was the vandalism. Although it didn’t play as huge a role as I expected, it still was a creative and intriguing concept. I was always wondering where the graffiti would pop up next and the ending- I was in shock! I felt horrible for Kate and understood what she said about public humiliation! In addition, I liked how Purnhagen tied in the gorillas with all the sub-plots. Everything tied together well at the end, making the reader satisfied. I would love to read more books involving Kate, but I think her story is done.
Tagged was an overall quick and enjoyable read, that will have readers laughing and wondering. This was definitely a fantastic, yet overlooked, debut. This was my first Harlequin Teen read, but I know I’m definitely going to have to read more if they’re all this good! Definitely go pick up a copy today as Tagged is filled with wonderful characters, mystery, romance, and great writing!
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars