The Bar Code Tattoo Review! & Day 3 of Book Challenge!

Hi everyone!

I know I said I’d post twice (a review and an answer to the book challenge prompt) every day, but I will now be putting them both in the same post!

Anyway, let’s get cracking with this review!

About the book:

Title: The Bar Code Tattoo592089.jpg

Author: Suzanne Weyn 

Genre & Age Group: Dystopian, teen

Goodreads Synopsis:

Individuality vs. Conformity

Identity vs. Access

Freedom vs. Control

The bar code tattoo. Everybody’s getting it. It will make your life easier, they say. It will hook you in. It will become your identity.

But what if you say no? What if you don’t want to become a code? For Kayla, this one choice changes everything. She becomes an outcast in her high school. Dangerous things happen to her family. There’s no option but to run…for her life.

Source: School, I had to read it for lit circles

How I Found Out About It: When I was going through the books my teacher had to help her choose books for that round of lit circles, this book really caught my attention!


I had to read this for school, and it wasn’t too bad. I really enjoyed most of the book, as it was pretty interesting in the idea of the barcode tattoos, and the pressure of getting them was relatable, as people face hard decisions like this all the time! However, this book took place in 2025, which in 2016 is not that far off! Having all this technology 9 years from now seems like a pretty big stretch, such as the barcode tattoos being released to the public in June of this year, but seeing as this book was written in 2004, I’ll accept it. The ending, I’m not going to spoil it, but let’s just say…. Um, no. It was the worst book ending ever! The book ended on a cliffhanger and still left me asking questions, as it was not very clear and it seemed like the author was just bored of writing it and decided to suddenly end it.  

Rating: Despite these flaws, I was engaged mostly throughout the whole book and gave it 4/5 stars!


30 Day Book Challenge: The prompt for today is my favourite series, which would have to be the Girl Online series! I’ve read (and adored) both books and I REALLY hope Zoe Sugg will decide to write a third! Check out my review for Girl Online here!



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