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About the Author

Lauren Myracle is the New York Times bestselling author of the Internet Girls trilogy—ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r—as well as Rhymes with Witches, Bliss, and the new Flower Power series, among many other books for teens and young adults. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her family. Visit her online at


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1 edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810984172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810984172
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lauren Myracle is the author of many popular books for teens and tweens, including New York Times bestsellers ttyl and ttfn (Abrams). She lives with her family in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By danielle. on July 30, 2011
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It is October, 1998. I am close to the end of the first semester of my senior year of college, just a few months away from beginning my student teaching experience and one month away from my 21st birthday. Early in the month, the news is dominated by the story of Matthew Shepard, a boy the same age as me, who has been tortured and left for dead in a field in Laramie, Wyoming. His crime? Being gay. On October 12, Matthew died in a hospital, unable to recover from his injuries. This crime haunted me then and still does today. How is it that human beings can be so cruel to one another? What drives someone to act out so violently just because someone else is different?

Reading the first pages of Lauren Myracle's Shine brought back all these emotions. The book begins with a newspaper clipping, "stunned residents of Black Creek, North Carolina, pray for seventeen-year-old Patrick Truman, beaten and left for dead outside the convenience store where he works." The article goes on to describe the abuse Patrick suffered, clearly the victim of a hate crime. All the emotions I felt in college hearing about Matthew Shepard came back at once. This introductory article would not be the last time this story brought me to tears, Patrick's story is agonizing and, unfortunately, very familiar.

Shine is narrated by Cat, one of Patrick's friends, who struggles with feelings of guilt for not having been a better friend and anger at the abuse he suffered not only the night he was beaten, but daily as he was the victim of school bullies. Unsatisfied with the attention the local police are giving this crime; Cat takes it upon herself to investigate and to bring justice to Patrick, who lies comatose in the hospital.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lori VINE VOICE on May 16, 2011
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It's been awhile since I have read a book that I had such mixed feelings about. On one hand I love the setting and the premise, on the other hand I just couldn't get past some of the actions--or should I say inaction-- of the characters.

The plot is engrossing and it's hard to put this book down once you get started. But I did find it a little predictable. I had things figured out before Cat did, but that didn't make it boring. I was still interested to see how things would unfold. That's where things started to fall apart for me. The ending, to me was inexcusable. I don't want to say too much and give anything away, but I was disappointed. Sure, I've never been in that situation, but I don't think I could just...let it all go. Is that cryptic? You need to read the book to find out what I am talking about! I would really like to hear some other opinions on the end!

The setting is what I loved most about the book. It's very atmospheric. It takes place in this back woods southern town. I thought I lived in a back woods southern town, but it's nothing like the town in this novel. You can tell that Myracle has some experience with the bible belt, because she hits the nail on the head with the 'Bless his heart, but he had it coming' attitude. That is, unfortunately, how a lot of people are around here. It's sad, but true and Myracle really shines light on that.

Cat was a good main character. She did some things I would never do, but for the most part I liked her. My biggest problem with the book--even bigger than the ending--was what happen to Cat and how everyone just went on their merry way afterward. I guess that's realistic, sometimes bad things happen to people and we choose to ignore it, but I've never been good at that.
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55 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Lee Kearns on May 31, 2011
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This review contains SPOILERS. Read at your own risk!

The book is about the aftermath of an attack on a young gay man in a rural southern town. His former best friend decides the police aren't doing enough to find out who attacked him and so she sets out to figure it out herself. Interesting plot, okay execution, but something about this rubbed me the wrong way.

The author, in the end, seems to forgive a whole host of things; the attack itself, the rape of one of the characters (even refusing to call it rape), the way that many of the people in the town are addicted to meth. And part of me gets it; people are complicated, motivations are complicated, being high makes you do messed up stuff. But you also have to take responsibility for your actions. You can't blame attacking someone on being high, or rape someone because you're young and confused. I mean, seriously?? This is a book written by someone who writes for a teenage audience. How can you excuse something like that?

There is also hateful speech used throughout the book, almost excessively (and I am no prude when it comes to language) without any real counter to it. I get that people talk that way, but someone should also be calling them out on it. Or even put a freaking author's note at the end to talk about the language.

There are no resources provided in this book to teens who might be struggling with their sexuality, with sexual violence, or with addiction, which just makes me angry.Wwhy are you tackling these topics if you're not doing it to provide information, hope, resources? If it's just for a good story, then quite frankly your story needs to be better.
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