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Shine Hardcover – May 1, 2011
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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 www.laurenmyracle.com.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
"So why do you feel the NEED to get the word out?", you ask. Well, for starters, it's a total page turner. It's one of those books that no matter what is going on around you, you cannot put it down. I got so sucked into this book I found myself thinking about it even when I had to put it down for basic human functionalities like going pee, making/eating meals, brushing my teeth, and showering. I actually took it to my six year old daughter's softball game and pretty much missed a nail-biting win to read... It's a mystery that keeps you guessing from the first page, but it is SO much more. Lauren Myracle manages to take a horrible event and make it a cathartic growing experience, not just for the protagonist, but also for the reader. When a book makes you look within yourself, you know it's a winner. The story is so heartbreaking, yet so beautiful. Honestly, it's beautiful cover (which is one that even my husband noticed and commented on) really does a great job capturing the essence of the story.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was better than I expected it to be, but still fell short. It covered a wide range of problems: abuse, hate crime due to sexual preference, and addiction to drugs. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Kimberly D. Orosky
For a young adult book, Shine tackles some pretty adult subject-matter. Much like real-life Matthew Shepard's tragedy, this book of fiction's Patrick is beaten up, tied up, and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Eric K.
Good mystery. Pacing was a bit slow reflecting the poor small time life but the first half could've moved along a bit more. Good wrap up and satisfying ending.Published 8 months ago by Cheryl Oblon
You know when a book is reasonably enjoyable, but the last ten pages are so terrible that it ruins the whole experience? Read morePublished 12 months ago by Gregory Baird
Rating: 3.5 stars
Whenever I first heard about Shine, I immediately wanted to read it. Heavy issues like homophobia and hate crimes have a tendency to draw me in. Read more
A book overloaded with mystery, keeping you on your toes the entire time. A book filled with so many twists and turns one cannot predict the stories plot. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Woodland Park Writer
It had a very slow start, but started to get better towards the end. Overall I think it was pretty goodPublished 21 months ago by Abeigh Huggins