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DescriptionWhen 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. 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" AWARD: WINNER: Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award for young adult fiction YALSA 2014 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
- Published: 01 May 2011
- Format: Hardback 359 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780810984172 ISBN 10: 0810984172
- Sales rank: 196,587
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Reviews for Shine
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo
Cat is a loner. Something happened a few years back that made her withdraw and ignore even her best friend, Patrick.
One horrible night, Patrick is attacked at the gas station he works at and left for dead. He's in a coma, and Cat is determined to figure out who is responsible. The police in their backwards town are doing little to solve the crime.
Cat embarks on her quest with many against her seeking the truth. When she is confronted by a college student at the library, things turn even more bizarre. The boy at the library is unknown to her, yet he, too, seems to know Patrick.
SHINE is one of those stories that it's hard to give a review for without giving away most of the plot. So my review is left intentionally vague for that reason. This is a deep mystery with many twists and turns up until the final revelation. It's one of the few stories that I can recall reading where one of the main characters is always present, but says nothing throughout the story...
With SHINE, Ms. Myracle branches out beyond her "Internet girls" genre to take on a story involving cover-ups and hate crimes. by TeensReadToo
A study of friendship and intolerance
My short take: Welcome to Black Creek, NC, population 743, where the morning's headline is: Bloody Sunday: Teen Brutally Attacked
When Cat's friend Patrick is brutally beaten outside of the convenience store where he works, Cat, who is in a self-imposed isolation due to a traumatic event when she was 13, comes out of her shell to work to find out who hurt him and why. She has her own idea who was responsible, and she doesn't trust the Sheriff to follow through, since a lot of his campaign money comes from her suspect's father.
In a self-described redneck town, Patrick is singular in that he is openly gay. Cat feels a lot of guilt for being so self-absorbed that she neglected him as a friend, especially when his grandmother (Mama Sweetie) died and left him on his own.
Although billed as YA, this mystery will pull even the adult reader into this small town, with its intrigues, gossip, and insularity. The secondary characters are richly portrayed, and the poverty and small-mindedness of the townspeople is fully fleshed out. There's even a bit of romance mixed in, and you'll be guessing the "who" in whodunnit almost to the very end.
QUOTE (from a galley; may be different in final copy):
Because Patrick wasn't a child anymore, but he wasn't yet a man. Because someone beat him up and jammed a gas nozzle down his throat. Because on top of everything he'd already lost, he was 17 years old and more alone than I'd ever been, trapped in the deep sleep of a coma.
Book Rating: 4 out of 5 stars by Julie Smith