Delacorte, 2008 (2008)
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Reviewed by Lyn Seippel
ammi Holland, a high school junior, has four good friends. They are so close that they want to do something that will tie them together forever. Someone suggests a tattoo and after a moment all the girls agree. All of them will get the same tattoo – one no one else has – as proof of their friendship. The tattoo is designed by Caryn, the artistic member of their clique.
ven though she agreed, Sammi doesn't like the idea of a tattoo. If she gets the tattoo she'll be letting down her parents, who would never give her permission. If she doesn't, she'll let her friends down.
hey find a tattoo parlor that will ignore that they are under age and take their design there. Immediately things begin to go wrong. The tattoo artist makes his own design for them and they decide to go with his instead of Caryn's. Sammi gets more and more anxious as the others are tattooed and at the last minute she backs out.
er friends are furious. She regrets her actions and even agrees to go back the next day, but when she shows up at school on Monday, her tattoo is identified as a fake and her friends shun her in front of the entire school cafeteria.
n the days and weeks that follow Sammi watches the group change from the responsible students and citizens who were her friends into people she doesn't know or understand. She should let them go, but she misses the bond they all had.
his fast moving suspense, with a bit of horror, reads like a train about to jump the track. If you're thinking about getting a tattoo you don't want to miss
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