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Shine

Myracle, Lauren (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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When her best friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover the culprits in her small North Carolina town.
Authors: Myracle, Lauren, 1969-
Title: Shine
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2011.
Characteristics: 359 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: When her best friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover the culprits in her small North Carolina town.
Local Note: 6 15 29 33 35 53 60 76 97 109 112 118 122 133 138 143 148 149 151 152 153 156 159 167 172 173 175 176 193 203 210 211 216 222 228 231 242 243 244 250 262 264 268 278
ISBN: 9780810984172
0810984172
Statement of Responsibility: Lauren Myracle
Subject Headings: Hate crimes Juvenile fiction. Gays Juvenile fiction. Best friends Juvenile fiction. North Carolina Juvenile fiction.
Topical Term: Hate crimes
Gays
Best friends
LCCN: 2010045017
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Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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.

Aug 25, 2013
  • mondaysomeday rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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
  • CD1982 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book!

Apr 03, 2013
  • samdog123 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 17, 2012
  • alangone rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A good teen read-- not great literature but a dark mystery taking place amid rural poverty, meth addictions, gay bashing, coming of age, hope amoung the hopeless, friendships, secrets, lies, rape and abuse.
17 year old Cat is entering her senior year. She has isolated herself from everyone --including her supportive friends-- because she was sexually abused by a local boy from a powerful family (a theme that runs throught the work). She is compelled to reengage, however, when her formerly best friend, Patrick, is found comatose and near death strung up to a gas pump with the nozzel shoved down his throat and SUCK ON THIS carved into his torso.While the church ladies blame the victim and the sheriff looks for gay bashing outsiders, Cat begins her own investigation, certain the answer is to be found in the local red neck posse and friends who,like all bullies, operate in plain view of the adults who never see a thing. i like the mystery and the setting and the inclusion of gay characters. it is good teen lit but not great-- i solved the mystery long before the book ended and the ending is very very neat and too happy for the rest of the book (left me wondering if publisher or focus group told her to lighten it up at the end.)
i am also disturbed by the relationship she ends up having with her abuser. He is not a monster and a little unhappy with the redemption and acceptance of him or of her abuse-- i will think on this for a while. let me know how you see it.
still, i will recommend with caveats.

Sep 21, 2012
  • Musiclover19 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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

Aug 11, 2012
  • rahmmie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I started reading this book thinking it was going to be one of those that are all hype and no substance. Boy, how wrong I was! The book is an absolute treasure. The writing draws you in and makes you an observer and almost a participant from a safe distance, the plot is at its heart a whodunnit but that's just the vehicle to deliver pearls of wisdom and understanding about the human heart, gay and straight, rich and poor, and the effect a slow economy has on rural areas. It was one of those books that made me sad when I finished because I wish it had kept going on and on. Definitely recommend this one

Jun 13, 2012
  • JINGNA_1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

GREAT BOOK

Apr 30, 2012
  • tkmsiempre4 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was great i really enjoyed it.

Apr 28, 2012
  • Rilelen rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Surprisingly good - heart-achingly captures the poor rural America we so often overlook or caricature. I love that we meet the characters as characters first and it's only slowly through the novel that we come to realize that almost all of the characters come from deeply impoverished and troubled backgrounds, aka "white trash" as another character calls them (and the book does a good job of making you squirm a little bit at that, without preaching). Only weak point was at the very end - everything wrapped up a little too neatly and cleanly to be entirely believable for an otherwise surprisingly nuanced book.

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Jun 20, 2013
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Jul 16, 2012
  • mrspaulwesley rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Apr 28, 2012
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Sep 27, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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
  • mrspaulwesley rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

'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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