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3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  11,547 Ratings  ·  1,603 Reviews
When Patrick Truman is found beaten, bound, and left for dead, sixteen-year-old loner Cat is determined to discover the truth of what happened to her former best friend. The local sheriff blames out-of-towners, but Cat is sure someone in their small, tightly knit Southern community is guilty of the crime.

Patrick is gay, and for years he has been teased and bullied by peopl
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Published February 20th 2012 by Brilliance Audio (first published May 1st 2011)
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Sara Wielenberg It took me about two days to read, but I'm a person with a lot of time on her hands. This book gets very real in a lot of ways so you need to be…moreIt took me about two days to read, but I'm a person with a lot of time on her hands. This book gets very real in a lot of ways so you need to be prepared for that. It has many stories working within the plot and the setting is wonderfully crafted. I fully enjoyed it and Cat makes for a great narrator as she focuses both inward and outward. (less)

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3.5 stars

I only know Lauren Myracle's name in connection with her ttyl books. I haven't read that series, but it's pretty safe to say Shine is nothing like those stories about girls texting each other (or whatever they do).

Shine is most and foremost a story about small-town bigotry. Cat's childhood gay friend Patrick is brutally assaulted - hit with a baseball bat, tied to a gas pump with a fuel nozzle stuffed in his mouth, with words Suck this, faggot written on his bare chest in blood. Small
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I became curious about this book after it was mistakenly nominated as a finalist for the National Book Awards, instead of another similar-sounding title. It also appealed to me because it is about teenagers growing up in the rural south, the problems kids normally deal with, and the bigotry, poverty, drug addiction, and provincialism that affects everyone.

17-year-old openly gay Patrick lies comatose in a hospital bed after a brutal beating th
Feb 21, 2011 Vinaya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

I'm always a little guilty and anxious when I give books a lower rating than all my friends. I'll be wondering, why didn't I like it, did I miss something there? With Shine, it was double the anxiety, since both Ceilidh and Tatiana loved it, and I respect their opinions quite a bit! But somehow, this book fell short for me, maybe because I expected too much of it.

Shine is about sixteen year old Cat, a girl from a small Southern town whose friend falls victim to a hate crime. When it be
I've never read any of Lauren Myracle's other books. I'm not much into the whole "txt-spk" thing, so those books have never sparked my interest. Not my cup of tea. Other than those, I couldn't have named another book Myracle had written before today. But this... this book called out to me. Not only because of the absolutely gorgeous cover, but because of the premise, and because it's set in the South. I love me some books set in the South. And because it has Issues. Issues with a capital 'I'.

Aug 01, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

”…you can cast off the darkness and shine again, can’t you?”

Shine tells the story of a brutal crime in a small town. Patrick Truman is found beaten and left for dead. Cat, Patrick’s best friend, is determined to find out what happened no matter what. Readers jump, right along with Cat, into the storm of small town gossip, fear, and hatred to find the truth.

First and foremost—I have to gush about the writing. Language, words, and descriptions that pulled me in at page one. I was there. On the mou
Richard Derus
This review has been revised and can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud.
Guys, I survived reading my first young-adult book as an adult! No English teachers or professors pelted me with stones and no one called me out in the middle of the street! Whew.

Anyway, Shine details the story of sixteen-year-old Cat and the hate crime against her former best friend Patrick. Cat stopped talking to Patrick - along with everyone else at her high school - after an incident involving another boy two years ago. But when Patrick is found brutally beaten to the point of comatose and t
The first time I heard about this book was when the author was pressured to withdraw its National Book Award nomination which had been given in error and intended for the book Chime. What rhymes with Shine? Chime apparently. Good grief. Really people, you can't be any more professional than that? The author talks about the emotional whirlwind that followed, but there was a silver lining to the crushing disappointment -- the controversy brought much needed awareness to this quiet, unassuming book ...more
Jan 10, 2012 Katie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Laura Lulu
Set in a small town in the South, this book is about bigotry, and friendship, and love. It's about seeing the best in people, and seeing the worst. It is a beautifully written story about a brutal hate crime.

Cat's best friend, Patrick, is the victim of a gay bashing--smashed in the head with a bat, tied to a gas pump with the nozzle shoved in his mouth, and the words Suck this faggot written on his chest in blood. He is in a coma, and they don't know if he's going to make it.

The small town cop
This review may also be found on A Thousand Little Pages.

An article recently came out in the Wall Street Journal that generated quite a buzz in the young adult book community. It basically slanders every YA novel out there that is “dark” by their standards and indirectly blames the books for familiarizing and possibly prompting trauma, violence, and profanity within the average teen. Shine received an honorary place in the article and was complained about quite a bit. So, dear Ms. Gurdon, author
This is the first of Myracle’s books that I’ve read, since her popular Internet Girls series is well outside the realm of my interest. However, after reading Shine, I may have to take a look at those books after all. I managed to secure an advance reader’s copy after hearing some other librarians rave about this book, and while initially skeptical, I was surprised at how quickly this book grabbed me. While it has its oddities and weak spots, Shine is a powerful, well-written book that does an ex ...more
Oct 26, 2011 Melissa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I took this book out of the library in righteous indignation, shortly after the NBA debacle. I was poised to love it and hoped that I would, if only to add to my fury. However, I never warmed up to Cat, the main character, which is a huge problem for me. I also didn't like most of the other characters, except for Patrick, who was in a coma and we learned about mostly through flashbacks and dialogue. Cat spent much of the book dwelling on an incident from the past, and once the incident was final ...more
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Annabel ♥
I freaking love this book.

There is rarely a time when I don't close a book after I'm finished with it. Usually I close the book, think about it for a minute, and then move on to a different book. But this book--well, let's just say it was different. I left the book open and let all of its 350 pages blow back and forth in the wind coming from the open window to my room. This book is positively mind-blowing and I couldn't help but think that it was pure awesomeness when I reading it. I suggest you
Love it just as much on the re-read, if not more.

Original review (from 2010):

I love Lauren Myracle's books. Like, LOVE them. In reading Bliss last year, I was struck by how Myracle had seemed to shift her focus to darker themes. She's always dealt with serious topics, often laced with heavy doses of lightening humor, but with Bliss, and now Shine, she's certainly moved over into the seedier side of human experience.

Cat lives in a small, rural North Carolina town, where everyone knows everyone,
Halley Todd
This poignant tale about a supposed hate crime in a small North Carolinian town is not for faint-hearted readers. 16-year old Cat must finally come out of her self-imposed exile from her community when her childhood best friend is put into a coma. Patrick was found outside the convenience store where he worked. He was hit in the head with a baseball bat, a gas nozzle was shoved down his throat, and scrawled across his chest in blood were the words: “Suck on this f-----.” The town is eager to bla ...more
I rate this book 5 stars.

Close your eyes. Imagine yourself alone, bloodied, the still night surrounding you. There's only the flickering of a small, lone light bulb right above you, but there's no one there - you are completely, utterly alone, beaten and bloodied, strapped to a gas pump with the words Suck this, faggot scratched across your chest. There's a gas nozzle stuck in your mouth, making you swallow the oil because there's nothing else you can do, and the fumes are making you lightheaded
Mar 16, 2013 Kaitlyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't remember the last time I was this angry at a book for so many different reasons. It was mediocre but okay for the first hundred pages or so. A few things didn't sit quite right with me, but I couldn't pin it down. I don't doubt Myracle's good intentions, but the whole thing did come off as very moralizing without much substance behind it.

The part that automatically made this a one star review was Cat's confrontation of the meth dealer. I was offended by the lack of intelligence shown in
Oct 25, 2011 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, crime, lgbt
I got Shine after the whole mess over it being mistakenly named for an award, partially because of the premise, partially because Lauren Myracle handled all that situation with grace and class. I wasn't as impressed with it as I'd hoped to be, at first: it was very readable, and atmospheric, but when I looked back at what I'd already read... I don't know, something failed to resonate with me.

I can't really comment on the setting -- it's a setting that means very little to me, because I'm British
Oct 17, 2011 Erica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, high-school, 2011
I read this book after all of the controversy with the National Book Awards and Lauren Myracle being asked to remove herself from the finalist list after being accidentally put on the list. If you haven't heard anything about the controversy - here's a brief article.

I went into reading this book with high expectations since so many people said it was National Book Award finalist material. I enjoyed it though at times I found the middle dragged a bit (a common problem for me with a lot of books l
Oct 16, 2011 Ricki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, lgbtq
Holy creamed corn, this is the best book I've read in a long time. I am embarrassed to say that the ARC sat on my bookshelf for much longer than it should have.

Cat is best friends with Patrick. They are inseparable. After some troubling incidents, she decides to stray from Patrick and their group of friends and becomes a loner. The book starts off with Patrick, beaten until he is unconscious, slumped in front of a gas station with a gas nozzle hanging from his mouth and a sign that reads "Suck
Jan 11, 2011 Ceilidh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before this, I had never read a Lauren Myracle book yet I had always had a level of respect for her based upon her currently being the most banned or challenge author in USA. Her books are challenged for most of the usual reasons YA and kids books are challenged; unsuited to age group, drug references, explicit sexuality, bad language, all that good stuff. With all this in mind, I was eager to see how she handled the topic of gay hate crimes with her latest book, due to be released in May this y ...more
Sometimes I feel like books in contemporary fiction are too implausible, that sometimes it’s like an author has thrown in every possible horrible situation out there just for the good measure that the story will be an impacting read. This is not to say that many awful things don’t happen to one group of people, because they absolutely do and it’s terrible, but it’s just that sometimes I find that authors aren’t able to realistically articulate rape, physical and substance abuse, homophobia, viol ...more
Nov 20, 2014 Leah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

I read SHINE for Anti-Bullying Week, and while it was a decent book, I had some issues with connecting with the main character, Cat.

Of course, there’s the age difference. As an adult who enjoys reading YA, I don’t actually believe that’s ever a true issue with my disconnect with a main character, and I don’t believe it was here. For this book, it was the religious differences between Cat and I. I like to believe that I’m a good person, and Cat seemed like one too, but her faith in God
Lauren Myracle’s SHINE uses atmosphere and suspense to examine small-town life and the intolerance and complexities that can underlie it. When Cat was thirteen, she was best friends with Patrick, but then something happened and she stopped speaking to most people. Now, three years later, Patrick is the victim of a horrible hate crime. When the investigation stalls, Cat decides to unravel the mystery for herself and bring Patrick’s attacker to justice. In the process, Cat uncovers startling infor ...more
Rating 3.5

Shine begins with the main character Cat discovering that her former best friend Patrick has been the victim of a vicious hate crime, he’s been beaten and left for dead with a gas nozzle shoved in his mouth. While Cat and Patrick were no longer as close as they had once been, this attack shakes her to her core, especially since she thinks she has an idea who was involved and she sets out to uncover the truth about what happened. This requires that Cat face her own demons and reconnect
Guys! I read a mystery book and I didn't hate it! IT'S A MYRACLE! (I'm really sorry. I just couldn't help myself.)

Lots of people have been giving this four or five stars, but before you reach for a copy of "Shine," allow me to say that if you aren't used to reading teen fiction, aren't used to exercising your empathic abilities, or take issue with books in which the characters possess vacillating personalities, this might not be your cup of tea.

Here's the deal with Lauren Myracle's work: She is
Paula Griffith
Feb 03, 2011 Paula Griffith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a feeling this book will be my favorite for the year. I expect it to be on lots of award lists.

"This little light of mine, I'm gonna' let it shine...." When Cat's childhood friend and playmate is found beaten and tied to a gas pump with the gas nozzel taped to his mouth, she is determined to find out who did this to Patrick. In a small, country town there are not too many suspects even though she knows the sheriff will try to pass it off as a car load of college boys passing through. She
Really: 3.5 rating.

I'm ALL ABOUT bringing gay rights and equal rights to the forefront and am glad this was the main aspect of the book along with dealing with regret and becoming a better person and that even teens and young people can recognize that in themselves.

Something that did urk me was that the lone Black character in the book sounded WAY too hick for me, especially since the narrator regularly states that she's a redneck from a redneck town. However the sole character of color was th
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Lauren Myracle is the author of numerous young adult novels. She was born in 1969 in North Carolina. Lauren Myracle holds an MA in English from Colorado State University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. she has written many novels, including the famous IM books, ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r.

Her first novel, Kissing Kate, was selected as one of ALA's "Best Books
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