Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Moving & Poignant: Shine - Lauren Myracle (Mini-Review)


Shine by Lauren Myracle
Date Released: May 1, 2011
Publisher: Amulet Books

Pages: 350 pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought @ LA's Festival of Books
Rating: (NEED ONE)
Series: Standalone!

Goodreads Synopsis: 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.

From Goodreads

I'm shocked.

Honestly, after reading Shine by Lauren Myracle I am at lost for words. The story was beautifully written and every page was impactful! I was so surprised on how much a loved the story and how great it turned out to be. Shine was a gritty YA book that was so moving and poignant, I honestly recommend this book to any reader out there!

Shine had a very complex plot, yet I could easily follow Cat, the main character and how she pieced together the clues on how her best friend, Patrick was attacked from a hate crime. Patrick is gay and Cat desperate needs to find who did it to him and she faces so much challenges, it was mind-blowing to see everything come together. Throughout the whole book, I really liked Cat. She was such a strong, determined character, I think anyone could relate to her. And Shine has a diverse cast of characters that really made it a complex book, but still very easy to read.

Shine was a harrowing read that will shocked every reader to their core. I would definitely re-read the book over and I like Myracle's take on thrillers. The book really leaves you with a great message. No matter what sexuality a person is, you shouldn't treat them in a different or bad way. Everyone is a great person and Shine really brought that message alive. Pick this one up!

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  1. A book this socially important needs to be read. I'm definitely going to unearth my copy somewhere.

  2. Ah -- I've been wanting to read this for a long time!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  3. I've not heard of this book before, but sounds really good and sounds like something that should be read. Great review!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading


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