Review: The Barcode Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn

The Bar Code Tattoo (Bar Code, #1)The Bar Code Tattoo by Suzanne Weyn

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Things for Kayla progress from bad, as in being told her computer grades disqualify her from an art scholarship, to worse, when she refuses to accept an identification bar code tattoo on her seventeenth birthday.

I was very disappointed in this book. The premise had so much potential, but the writing was poor and the plot was not developed well at all. Maybe if she rewrote the whole thing and got a better editor….

Actually, I’ll elaborate just a bit on the “poor writing” comment: It was written as if by a 13-year-old writing their first story for English class. That is to say, the idea was solid enough, but the execution needs work. There were several scenes where it seemed as if the author didn’t know where her character’s were. For instance, at one point they went from laying together by a pond or lake (I can’t remember the specific water feature) and then one of them kneels down by the other. There were other problems, a rambling writing style that was unclear much of the time and bland the rest. This is why I say it isn’t just a problem of the writer, but also a problem of the editor not doing their job well.

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