Shine by Lauren Myracle

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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.

About Lauren Myracle

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Lauren Myracle ( is the bestselling and award-winning author of many novels, including the Winnie Years and Internet Girls series. She lives with her family in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Published February 1, 2012 by ABRAMS. 380 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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For three years, Cat has blinded herself to everyone, including Patrick, convinced her “entire existence meant nothing.” But when Patrick’s beaten and left for dead at the convenience store where he works, a gasoline nozzle protruding from his mouth, an angry, guilt-ridden Cat knows she must open...

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Cat has been distant from childhood best friend Patrick for three years (she began to "ignore the whole world" after an older friend of her brother's molested her).

Mar 14 2011 | Read Full Review of Shine

BC Books

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I know that it’s been said over and over again never to judge a book by its cover, but I have to admit that I picked up Shine by Lauren Myracle only because I was attracted by its cover.

May 30 2011 | Read Full Review of Shine


Sixteen-year-old Cat has tried to hide inside herself ever since that horrible day three summers ago when her brother’s best friend took advantage of her in her living room.

Jan 21 2012 | Read Full Review of Shine


Well, actually, I was immediately disturbed, as the very first section of the book is a newspaper clipping describing what happened to Patrick.

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It’s a tale about Cat, a sixteen-year-old girl, growing up in a town most readers will have trouble relating to but find fascinating to read about.

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When a week passes and the sheriff decides that the culprits were out-of-towners, Cat decides that it’s time to join the land of the living and find out who hurt Patrick, even if it means facing her worst fears.

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Myracle gets in all the details: the beauty of the woods and the comfort of home cooking, but also the drug use that threatens the community, and the embarrassed anger Cat feels at being thought of as a hillbilly by the people in town.In becoming a small-town sleuth, Cat not only solves the myste...

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Common Sense Media

The details of Patrick's beating, gritty language, and other mature details make this a better fit for older teens who will get the most out of this important story.

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The Young Folks

Even though Myracle lost out on the “honor,” Shine got some new publicity and allowed people like me to learn about Shine.

Dec 19 2011 | Read Full Review of Shine

A Patchwork of Books

How did you begin writing books for children?I’ve always liked to write and found writing came easily to me, but I didn’t actually think of writing books until I was a teacher of children with special needs.

Mar 29 2012 | Read Full Review of Shine

The Yalsa Hub

Three years ago, after the event, Cat slowly left the world to hide inside her own shell.

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Go Mag

Shine is the story of sixteen-year-old Cat, a wise-beyond-her-years North Carolina girl whose gay best friend Patrick now lies in a coma, the victim of a violent hate crime.

Feb 17 2012 | Read Full Review of Shine

Teen Writers Blog

As an art director, Neil worked for years at HarperCollins Publishers where he oversaw the design of many bestselling children’s books and young adult novels for Laura Geringer Books and Joanna Cotler Books and continues to freelance art direct for them and other book clients on a regular basis.

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