ARC Review: Shine


Product Details

  • Pub. Date: May 2011
  • Publisher: Amulet Books
  • Format: Hardcover , 376pp
  • Sales Rank: 196,308
  • Age Range: Young Adult


When 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.

My Thoughts

This book took on a very tough topic and did it extremely well.  It was written with compassion for all of the tough topics it include hate crimes, poverty, drugs, and gay individuals in society.  That is a lot of topics to be put into one but it was done so well and it is unforgettable.  This book will last with me for a long time.  This is the first book I have read by this author and I know that I need to check out more because this one was well put together. There was a bit of time where the story slow and I could not figure why it slowed down but it picked back up and I could not put the book down.  While this book deals with many tough topics and they are sometimes really difficult to read I highly recommend this book.

My Thoughts

My rating is 4.5 of 5 stars