by Christopher Golden
Review by Drew Bittner
Delacorte Books for Young Readers Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 0385734832
Date: 08 July 2008 List Price $8.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
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One night, Letty suggests they design a tattoo and each one gets it inked on their skin to celebrate their closeness. Because they're underage, they would have to go to a place that doesn't worry much about laws -- but Letty has that covered too. A place called Dante's can do the job, she tells them.
And that's when things start to go wrong.From official release/information:
Sammi, TQ, Caryn, Letty, and Katsuko are floaters. None of them fits in with any particular group at Covington High School—except each other. One night, to cement their bond, the girls decide to get matching, unique tattoos. But when Sammi backs out at the last minute, everything changes. Faster than you can say "airbrush," Sammi is an outcast, and soon, her friends are behaving like total strangers. When they attack Sammi for trying to break up a brawl, Sammi spies something horrible on her friends' backs: the original tattoo has grown tendrils, snaking and curling over the girls' entire bodies. What has that creepy tattoo artist done to her friends? And what—if anything—can Sammi do to get them back? This deliciously creepy psychological thriller is the perfect summer read.
(Source: Delacorte Books for Young Readers)