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Shine by Lauren Myracle
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Aug 04, 2011

it was ok

Age of Readership:

14 years and up




LGBTQ, Southern culture, Small-town culture


There were no actual illustrations, but the book was specifically designed. Each day is separated with a scene of a field and dilapidated shack. The beginning of each chapter had a design of branches, tying it to the cover.

Personal response:

There is a reason this genre is the last genre I read for this class. I do not like mysteries. This wasn't really any different. It had all the qualities of mysteries I dislike, alluded to plot pieces falling into place for the main character but not explained, slow creepy situations, misdirection. Blah blah blah. It seemed like a lot of stereotypes were used, including the idea that drug use will make you insane simply because you are taking drugs. I can't say I liked this book.

Curricular and programming connections:

Programs about the South would benefit from this book. There is a lot of drug use, and small town politics as well. Programs with those themes could use this book.
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