Thursday, May 31, 2012

Shine by Lauren Myracle

Publisher: Amulet Books
Release: May 1, 2011
Source: Library
When her best guy friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover who in her small town did it. Richly atmospheric, this daring mystery mines the secrets of a tightly knit Southern community and examines the strength of will it takes to go against everyone you know in the name of justice. Against a backdrop of poverty, clannishness, drugs, and intolerance, Myracle has crafted a harrowing coming-of-age tale couched in a deeply intelligent mystery. Smart, fearless, and compassionate, this is an unforgettable work from a beloved author.
This book was absolutely brilliant. I read it a few months ago, but decided to make this my first review as it is one of the best books I have read in a long time.

The plot is full of twists and turns, and the conclusion of the mystery is totally unexpected. On top of that, you have the mystery about Cat- at the beginning of the story, she is in sort of a self-imposed exile, scarred by traumatic event that happened years before. What could have happened that would be terrible enough to make her cut herself off from everyone she used to care about?

Cat is a fantastic narrator. As she unravels the mystery of Patrick's attack, she grows so much as a character. Other characters are painfully heart wrenching, some are disgustingly despicable, and one turns out to be completely different from what you originally think.

Everything in this novel is so gritty and real. Myracle definitely doesn't hold back with her graphic descriptions, which makes the book almost uncomfortable to read at times. Books like this should be read by every teen (and adult!) and must continue to be written.
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1 comment:

  1. Awwwwww! I am SO thrilled and happy and honored that you liked it! I am also typing this comment from an Sbux bathroom, so shld...uh...prolly go. In more ways than one. ;)


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