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When her best guy friend falls victim to what seems like a vicious hate crime, 16-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.

Praise for Shine
"Cat eventually uncovers the truth in a cliffhanging climax in which she confronts fear, discovers that love is stronger than hate and truly 'shines.' Raw, realistic and compelling."
- Kirkus Reviews

"The page-turning mystery and Cat's inspiring trajectory of self-realization will draw readers in and give them plenty to ponder."
- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Dramatic in both content and presentation."
- Los Angeles Times

"Myracle captures well the regret that many feel for things in their past about which they are ashamed. Cat's reflections on these moments are spot-on."
- School Library Journal

WINNER: Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award for young adult fiction

Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2011.
ISBN: 9781419701849
Branch Call Number: TEEN MYR
Teen fiction M PBK
Characteristics: 359 pages ;,22 cm


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Dec 08, 2016

This book was great, except it lacked a good ending. I also really liked the tone of the book and the message.

Aug 17, 2016

A tragic book. It had lovely writing and a strong message. I really enjoyed reading it!

RDPL_Teens Oct 17, 2015

Great teen mystery about a Hate Crime perpetrated on a gay youth in the backwoods Southern States!

Aug 05, 2014

good!!!!!!! book

Aug 05, 2014

Amazing novel. I think it's really inspiring yet tragic, it's just incredible. I think i'll be reading more by this author.

mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

For me, this book suffered from the "afterschool special" feeling. Cat's hometown is just a crash blossom of awful - homophobia, drug use, parental neglect, sexual assault. It felt too grim, like Lauren Myracle was trying too hard to create this awful combination of scenarios. One thing I will say for Myracle; she tries hard not to make any one character the "bad guy." All the characters are nuanced and have complex motivations. That didn't stop me from finding them all profoundly irritating. Also, it's hard to relate to a story when the entire impetus for the action is a person in a coma whom we only know via other people's recollections.

mondaysomeday Aug 25, 2013

An interesting coming of age novel full of well-examined themes: drugs, death, poverty, sexual assault, and what it means to be gay.

I appreciate the writing level in this book. Unlike much teen fiction, the author respects the maturity of teenagers and uses language and themes accordingly.

May 08, 2013

Great book!

samdog123 Apr 03, 2013

This really is a terrific book. The writer knows how to create a plot, suspense and draws some well-thought out characters. When Cat's former best friend, Patrick, is the vicitim of a "gay bashing" crime, she decides it's time to come out of her shell and discover who did this to him. Good messages about the need for tolerance and understanding and a strong female character who stands up for herself.

Sep 21, 2012

Very good book- sort of scary and sad, though.

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mvkramer Sep 27, 2013

Something happened to Cat years ago that made her withdraw from all her friends. Now her former best friend, Patrick, has been assaulted and left for dead, and the local police don't seem to care about finding the culprit. Cat is determined to find out who did it, and in doing so she uncovers secrets about her friends and community that she knew -- and strength in herself that she never expected.


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Jul 16, 2012

'I wondered-and again, I wasn't sure- but I wondered if a bit of God's light was maybe back inside me. If so, it was a dove that might at any moment fly away. But for now, here it was: soft and wondrous in the branches of my soul.'


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