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Shine by Lauren Myracle
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bookshelves: abuse, drugs, 1age-junior-high, 1age-senior-high, sexuality, 1age-middle-school
Read from November 10 to 21, 2010

Over the past 3 years, Cat has gone into hiding. Ever since the incident, she has pulled away from her family and friends, kept to herself and quieted her normally outgoing personality. Until her former best friend, Patrick, is found beaten to within an inch of his life, tied to a gas pump at the c-store where he works, with the words "suck this faggot" written on his chest in blood. Cat can't help but feel responsible and as Patrick lies in a coma, Cat decides that she will find his attacker(s). But it won't be easy, the search forces Cat to face the demons from her past that sent her into hiding in the first place.

After hearing what this book was about, I was really excited to crack it open, and the first hundred pages or so are pretty exciting, then it dulls. Although it wasn't a easy case to crack (I hate it when you figure out the end of a book before you have really started) it wasn't all that surprising. I was also thinking that the horror Cat was running from was going to be worse (not that what happened to her wasn't bad) but with how strong her reaction was I was expecting something far worse. The one thing I think Myracle did very well was represent the bigotry and fear that can run the lives of people who live in small towns. The language of hate really hurt, but was necessary for the plot of the book. I hope that it at least sparks some interesting conversations.
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Anastasia Tuckness Do you have an ARC? Lucky you--I love L. Myracle!


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