Short Story review: Once Upon A Tag by Anna Adams


5 stars

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.

I received a free e-copy of this short from the author in return for an honest review. I finished reading it not two minutes ago and this is what I feel. This was a surprisingly wonderful story, beautifully written, evocative and magical. I really liked reading the perspectives of all the characters in the story, David, Rita and even Officer Gerard. I’ve always loved the setting of Paris even though all we get to see in this story are the dingy subway stations.

I have two complaints though. One is, I felt the way David and Rita conversed was a bit too formal. That is maybe the French way of talking or something, I don’t know. My second complaint is that I didn’t like the fact that Rita painted a mask over a historical monument, but didn’t feel guilty about it. Although I admire street artists and their skills, I thought her reaction to David’s accusations was a little cavalier. But I guess that’s just one of her character traits. Maybe if the author expands this into a longer story, she can explain the reason behind Rita’s behavior. So, yes, those are complaints, but they’re not a huge deal.

Overall, I loved the story. The author is obviously talented and I would definitely check out more of her books.

Oh, and one more thing! I loved the kiss! And the mumbling homeless man!

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