Review: Once Upon a Tag by Anna Adams

When David, a young French painter, unexpectedly meets Rita, an infamous Parisian street artist, his convictions are shaken to the core during a night he is unlikely to ever forget.

Ready for a joint review with both Megan AND Rachel? Woot woot! 

Rachel's Opinion: That's a pretty catchy synopsis, isn't it? When it comes to synopses the shorter the better, in my opinion. I was super excited to read this short story, and I'm glad to say I wasn't disappointed!

The story has two main characters, Rita and David, both of which I liked. I feel like I got to know them well, even though the story was only 18 pages long. I also loved the dynamics between Rita and David

A lot happened in the short span of the story, so it's a very satisfying read and not the least bit dull. I loved the way things played out in this story.

Megan's Opinion: I really enjoyed this short story, from start to finish. Right from the moment I read the title, I was instantly intrigued. "Once Upon a Tag"...that just sounds so interesting, no? Could it be a fantasy type story? That was my first thought. And in some respects, I was right. The story has some elements similar to those found in fantasy novels. There is mystery, intrigue, romance and humour. Also, I found that there was an interesting social dynamic between the characters which I often notice in the fantasy genre. The classic child-parent rivalry. We see this relationship in many fantasy and fairy tale type stories, such as Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, The Little Mermaid, Alladin, and even newer stories like Disney's Brave. All of these stories contain some form of tension between the parents and the children. "Once Upon a Tag" incorporates this, but in a new and modern way, which is what makes it so interesting. 

I may be a bit biased because I am so interested in art, but I really think that this story has something that everyone can enjoy. Having it set in the historic and recognizable city of Paris allows for the reader to relate and imagine the plot more easily. I also really enjoyed the contrast in beliefs and lifestyle between Rita and David. It added a very interesting and relatable dynamic. How often in our lives do we come across people who agree with everything we do? Not very often at all. I think this story did a great job of portraying that real life difference we experience. We aren't going to agree with everyone, but that doesn't mean we can't be friends with them, or respect them and cooperate with them. Differences can be the bridge across the gap in what may have been a non existent relationship otherwise. Sometimes, conflict and rivalry bring people closer together. 

Overall, we both really enjoyed this short story! We highly recommend reading it! It was a great read. :) 

Anna Adams contacted us with a copy of her story in exchange for an honest review. (Thank you!)

The Good: Character dynamic, setting, plot 
The Bad: It was only 18 pages long! Too short, we wanted more! Haha. 
The Verdict: 5/5 stars! Definitely a must read!

keep readin' it write!
Megan and Rachel 


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