Tattoos: A Novel

Pinned on June 8, 2013 at 7:35 pm by Scott T Hastings

Tattoos: A Novel

Seventeen-year-old Marilee Mackie has everything going for her, beauty, money and a bright future. But when she’s diagnosed with Stage 3 Hodgkins Lymphoma her world falls apart. Instead of finishing her senior year she begins the fight of her life.

Nineteen-year-old Jax, an enigmatic hospital orderly, lives on the Strip, the proverbial other side of the tracks. With his edgy attitude, sleeves of tattoos and rocker look, he’s the kind of bad boy that Marilee has always steered clear of.

But when Marilee’s cancer strips every bit of her identity away, leaving her a shadow of the person she once was, all the things that mattered to her before no longer hold any meaning. Determined to make a difference in the world before she dies, Marilee enlists Jax to help her with something she calls the Peace Project, a way to use her college fund money to help the people who need it the most on the Strip.
With Marilee’s money and Jax’s knowledge of the Strip, the teenagers embark on an unforgettable journey. Where two people from completely different worlds see that miracles do exist, and that the darkest cloud of your life may be lined with the brightest rainbow.

Tattoos is a story about love, hope and the preconceived notions and barriers that we put between us for no reason other than the way someone looks or where they live. It’s about letting go of all the things that we thought were important in the quest for our true purpose. And that sometimes the people you never thought you could love, may be exactly who you needed all along.

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Anonymous says:

Oh. My. Word!I didn’t know what to expect, but this wasn’t it! The story was so beautiful. There were twists and turns I didn’t see coming. Jax was so loveable and I am so glad I got to know his character! Marilee came from privilege, Jax came from the wrong side of the tracks. They met whilst Marilee was having chemo treatment in the hospital. What happens next is a roller coaster ride of emotion. Good, bad and ugly. But there are some very beautiful and touching moments in this story.It is a story of immense diversities. The rich and poor. The downtrodden, where people ignore or outright shun, and where two teens, brought together by circumstance, devise a plan to help. Their mission is to preserve dignity and show value to these people. If just to forget the horrible disease that is cancer. It also shows, that cancer doesn’t care from what background you come from. There is more happiness in giving, than there is in receiving.I loved how these two worlds intertwined. The characters were so well developed. I felt like I was living through their experiences. It was so moving!BUT, if you are looking for a nice, neat happy ending, this isn’t the book for you. Thank goodness the author pre warns the reader. But if you take a chance and read on, you will be rewarded. I felt the ending was fitting to the story. I also was uncomfortable with the divination and tarot cards in the book. I tended to skim those parts.Having said that, this book was a gem and a rarity. Especially since it is a full book and not a serial or series!A brilliant read. But please keep tissues handy. You are going to need them!

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