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Shine by Lauren Myracle
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Jan 30, 12

bookshelves: 2011, ya, high-school
Read from October 31 to November 09, 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 lately). It did keep me guessing until the end and some of the plot twists were unexpected.

The small town where Cat lives is portrayed quite well along with the issues facing the town, especially regarding meth usage. Cat has withdrawn until her friend Patrick is found beaten nearly to death for being gay. Her reasons for withdrawing are finally explained half way through the book but I was frustrated with her as a character and couldn't figure out why she had suddenly stopped talking to Patrick a few years before. Overall an enjoyable and important book. I hope it's subject matter sparks some conversation about hate crimes and the hurtful language of kids casually calling each other "gay."
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