Shine

Shine[Ebook] ➭ Shine ➬ Lauren Myracle – Bluevapours.co.uk 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 tig 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 justiceAgainst 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.

Lauren Myracle is the author of numerous young adult novels She was born in in North Carolina Lauren Myracle holds an MA in English from Colorado State University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College she has written many novels, including the famous IM books, ttyl, ttfn, and lr, grHer first novel, Kissing Kate, was selected as one of ALA s Best Books for Young Adults for the year It was named by Booklist as one of the Top Ten Youth Romances of the year, as well as one of the Top Ten Books by New Writers Her middle grade novel, Eleven, came out , followed by its YA sequels Twelve, Thirteen, Thirteen Plus One.

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  • Hardcover
  • 350 pages
  • Shine
  • Lauren Myracle
  • English
  • 21 March 2018
  • 0810984172

10 thoughts on “Shine

  1. Tatiana says:

    3.5 starsI only know Lauren Myracle s name in connection with her ttyl books I haven t read that series, but it s pretty safe to say Shine is nothing like those stories about girls texting each other or whatever they do Shine is most and foremost a story about small town bigotry Cat s childhood gay friend Patrick is brutally assaulted hit with a baseball bat, tied to a gas pump with a fuel nozzle stuffed in his mouth, with words Suck this, faggot written on his bare chest in blood Small 3.5 starsI only know Lauren Myracle s name in connection with her ttyl books I haven t read that series, but it s pretty safe to say Shine is nothing like those stories about girls texting each other or whatever they do Shine is most and foremost a story about small town bigotry Cat s childhood gay friend Patrick is brutally assaulted hit with a baseball bat, tied to a gas pump with a fuel nozzle stuffed in his mouth, with words Suck this, faggot written on his bare chest in blood Small town of Black Creek, NC, is shaken by this crime, but no one seems to be interested much in solving it Nobody that is, except Cat She undertakes this quest because she thinks she owes it to Patrick for her earlier betrayal of him Cat s amateur investigation not only results in solving the crime, but helps her overcome demons of her own demons that forced her to end her friendship with Patrick and detach herself from the community years prior.I remember laughing and rolling my eyes at reviews praising Beautiful Creatures s portrayal of South Not so here Myracle writes Black Creek in a way that I believe it s beautiful and it s ugly You have a tightly knit community, but you also have judgment, prejudice, narrow mindedness, church gossip, sweeping serious stuff under the rug, bowing to the richest, poverty and, of course, meth Meth is a major player here Which is probably not such a big surprise Black Creek is a backward town.Shine is full of colorful and colorfully troubled characters Each comes with a powerful and often heartbreaking story of her his own I will remember many of them, but one wackiest kid ever named Robert I will remember best The mystery of Patrick s assault is one of the strongest I ve read in YA fiction It is sufficiently complex and the investigation itself is not absurd like that one performed by our homegirl Nora in Hush, Hush, for instance The mystery did keep me guessing until the very end, even though I admit, I am a pretty dense mystery solver Shine is not without its laws however There are some rough spots in the story that could have been done better For instance, the story line concerning Cat s incident that forced her to turn away from her friends, when elaborated on, turns out to be a little convoluted and underwhelming, especially when you read how exactly the event unfolded and how people involved reacted to it I also thought that the romantic element in the novel was completely tacked on Not only Cat s meeting with her love interest is too convenient and coincidental to be believed, but this person s presence is the story is unnecessary I felt like Myracle put it in just to follow some unspoken rules of YA fiction which probably state that there has to be some romance, otherwise a teen book is a no go.All in all, Shine is an emotional, intense, hard to put down story that explores sexuality, violence, addiction and hate in a meaningful way It is definitely worth checking out

  2. Nancy says:

    Cross posted at Outlaw Reviews and at Shelf Inflicted I became curious about this book after it was mistakenly nominated as a finalist for the National Book Awards, instead of another similar sounding title It also appealed to me because it is about teenagers growing up in the rural south, the problems kids normally deal with, and the bigotry, poverty, drug addiction, and provincialism that affects everyone.17 year old openly gay Patrick lies comatose in a hospital bed after a brutal beating th Cross posted at Outlaw Reviews and at Shelf Inflicted I became curious about this book after it was mistakenly nominated as a finalist for the National Book Awards, instead of another similar sounding title It also appealed to me because it is about teenagers growing up in the rural south, the problems kids normally deal with, and the bigotry, poverty, drug addiction, and provincialism that affects everyone.17 year old openly gay Patrick lies comatose in a hospital bed after a brutal beating that occurred at the convenience store where he works Though the evidence proves this is a hate crime, the town sheriff is quick to write it off and blame outsiders Patrick s friend, Cat, feels the truth is a lot closer to home and sets out to investigate despite admonitions to leave it be Living in a large city comes with its own set of problems, but after reading this story I m really glad I didn t grow up in the rural south I hate the well meaning, but too inquisitive people, and the fact that anything you do can become the subject of gossip, never to be forgotten I hate the insular society that does not welcome change or embrace differences, the suspicious people who judge others, yet keep their own shameful secrets well hidden This is a gripping, realistic story with deeply flawed characters and a vivid setting Cat s own past has kept her from fully engaging with the people in her life, but Patrick s savage attack breaks her out of her shell and forces her to peel back layers of the town s fa ade to learn the truth about others and herself It is a grim story with many wounded souls, many problems, and few solutions Patrick may be the most obvious victim, but he is far from the only one And that just makes me sad

  3. Vinaya says:

    3.5 starsI m always a little guilty and anxious when I give books a lower rating than all my friends I ll be wondering, why didn t I like it, did I miss something there With Shine, it was double the anxiety, since both Ceilidh and Tatiana loved it, and I respect their opinions quite a bit But somehow, this book fell short for me, maybe because I expected too much of it Shine is about sixteen year old Cat, a girl from a small Southern town whose friend falls victim to a hate crime When it be 3.5 starsI m always a little guilty and anxious when I give books a lower rating than all my friends I ll be wondering, why didn t I like it, did I miss something there With Shine, it was double the anxiety, since both Ceilidh and Tatiana loved it, and I respect their opinions quite a bit But somehow, this book fell short for me, maybe because I expected too much of it Shine is about sixteen year old Cat, a girl from a small Southern town whose friend falls victim to a hate crime When it becomes obvious that the local authorities are going to do nothing to bring the perpetrators to book, Cat decides to solve the mystery of the gay basher herself This book has a lot going for it I loved how atmospheric the writing was it pulled me right in, so much so that I could almost envision the darkness of the forest, the squalor of an almost ghost town, the small town folk rigidly holding on to the remnants of their life It s a bleak portrayal, but not entirely depressing Cat is a great character, for the most part I loved the way she was portrayed, as a flawed, scared girl who slowly emerges from her shell to realize her potential Her abuse and her subsequent withdrawal from her friends was realistic and heart breaking I like the fact that she s not an all guns firing crusader who is super human and impervious to fear and hurt She is a surprisingly introspective character, and Myracle does a great job in chronicling her growth I also liked the portrayal of the secondary characters in this book What I really liked about Shine is that there is no good guy or bad guy They are all very human, trapped by circumstances and their own desires, with good sides and bad sides to all of their personalities From Christian, who is still friends with Cat s worst enemy, to her aunt, who likes to ignore reality, to Tommy, who is a Class A jerk, they all have flaws, but Myracle shows us that things are not always what they seem, and sometimes, redemption is possible There are so many things I liked and admired about this book, that I almost feel bad giving it a 3 star rating But two things really bugged me about this novel The first was the pacing Over half the book passes with next to no plot development I guess this is part of what contributes to the atmosphere I mentioned before, but I had to positively slog my way through some sections because of the meandering style of Cat s narration The second was the mystery It took me about one tenth the time it did Cat to figure out perpetrator and motive And I didn t do this because of my awesome telepathic superpowers, or my Holmes like detective skills, but simply because the answer was so obvious I don t like mysteries that fizzle out like that Perhaps the hate crime was only a vehicle for an exposition on life in a small Southern town, but that is still no excuse for not handling it with a little lan Also, Cat was very slow to arrive at the same conclusion, which annoyed me because I was jumping up and down on my bed screaming, Figure it out already, stupid I don t have much to say about the romance, since it didn t really play any part in the actual plot Which is also kind of disappointing, because it felt too convenient Like Myracle wasn t sure people would read this book if she didn t put at least a little romance in it But Cat just fell for Jason so quickly and smoothly, with no hitch Despite being a victim of abuse at an age when it would have scarred her for life With no therapy and no support, she just got over it and decided to kiss a boy she s known two weeks I DID like this book, but not as much as I thought I would It sof a descriptive novel, that kind that pulls you in at the moment, rather than one that leaves a lasting impression My recommendation Read it P.S An ARC of this book was provided to me by the publishers via Net Galley No external considerations affected this review

  4. Becky says:

    I ve never read any of Lauren Myracle s other books I m not much into the whole txt spk thing, so those books have never sparked my interest Not my cup of tea Other than those, I couldn t have named another book Myracle had written before today But this this book called out to me Not only because of the absolutely gorgeous cover, but because of the premise, and because it s set in the South I love me some books set in the South And because it has Issues Issues with a capital I.And I ve never read any of Lauren Myracle s other books I m not much into the whole txt spk thing, so those books have never sparked my interest Not my cup of tea Other than those, I couldn t have named another book Myracle had written before today But this this book called out to me Not only because of the absolutely gorgeous cover, but because of the premise, and because it s set in the South I love me some books set in the South And because it has Issues Issues with a capital I.And boy, did this deliver If it hadn t been written with such grace and honesty, and a light touch and sense of innocence, it could have gone so very, very badly wrong The Issues in this book are the kind that outsiders abhor and denounce, while those living in and around and with them are almost oblivious to their existence as an Issue at all To those people, it s just life Normal Everyday This book touched on a lot of things Poverty, addiction, class division, alcoholism, abuse, homosexuality and homophobia, fear and hatred, small town politics, friendship and loyalty, etc So many things that some could have easily gotten lost and confused But even with all of these issues entwined throughout the story, I never felt that it forgot what it was.I loved the way this story was written I love the way it was parceled out, little by little, edging closer to the truth and the consequences and the brokenness, like a hungry mouse sneaking closer to a crumb not far from the cat s bed The mouse knows that rushing will cause it to lose its chance, to be hurt but caution and stealth may win it a chance to survive This book was like that It crept along, building momentum, until it reached where it needed to be I instantly fell in love with these characters, especially Cat and Patrick My heart broke for the things that they lost, both before and after Patrick is beaten and left for dead I loved their friendship, and the simple acceptance of it I loved Mama Sweetie, Patrick s Grandma, and her kindness and wisdom and faith I usually find it hard to accept religion in books, because so very often it comes across as preachy That was not the case here It was less religion anda matter of faith a simple knowledge that there s something and someone there for us No judgment, no fire and brimstone, no recriminations for every little thought, just a sense of If you want, you can if not, that s OK too I liked that This book is gorgeous and amazing from cover to cover, and I was so wrapped up in this community and these lives that I almost didn t want to see, but I couldn t look away I found one thing, one little thing, about the very end to be a bit unbelievable, but I understand it, and I wasn t disappointed All in all, I loved this book and I think it s one that I will need to own, to re read and absorb and love It s that good

  5. Richard Derus says:

    This review has been revised and can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud This review has been revised and can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud

  6. Laura says:

    you can cast off the darkness and shine again, can t you Shine tells the story of a brutal crime in a small town Patrick Truman is found beaten and left for dead Cat, Patrick s best friend, is determined to find out what happened no matter what Readers jump, right along with Cat, into the storm of small town gossip, fear, and hatred to find the truth.First and foremost I have to gush about the writing Language, words, and descriptions that pulled me in at page one I was there On the mou you can cast off the darkness and shine again, can t you Shine tells the story of a brutal crime in a small town Patrick Truman is found beaten and left for dead Cat, Patrick s best friend, is determined to find out what happened no matter what Readers jump, right along with Cat, into the storm of small town gossip, fear, and hatred to find the truth.First and foremost I have to gush about the writing Language, words, and descriptions that pulled me in at page one I was there On the mountain In the room In the gossip I could feel it all heavy foliage dappling the road with green shadows and pockets of shade You will feel this world on your skin And the sayings haha oh, how I loved the down home talk that made the town and characters so unique and in a land of their own Lines that made me stop, tilt my head, and say Huh The sun don t shine on the same dog s tail all the time Ms Myracle has a very powerful way with words that held me close Pulled me in That said though, it was the characters that will live in my heart Strong, memorable, flawed, heart breaking characters that had me giggling, sighing, and cheering.The relationship that left the deepest dent in my heart and soul was between Cat and her brother, Christian One hell of a heart wrenching pull, power, and connection I found tears in my eyesthan once when those two tried to talk or just be One of the worst feelings in the world is when we feel let down or betrayed by family No one but family can tear us up in such a devastating and complete way Broke my heart.Cat Cat Cat I tend to be hard on my female characters But damn Girl, you made me proud Throughout the book, the importance of speaking the truth, letting it out, not hiding is woven through the pages and mystery Cat was hell bent on finding out what happened to Patrick But to do that, she had to find and speak up for herself as well She had to stand up to her own demons, pain, and past And I loved her for it She did it with sass, smarts, and strength I didn t hide or run away or pretend the ugliness didn t happen I stood up and said something that was true I said it out loud, and by doing so, I was standing up for lots of people, not just me But that same point and love also plays into the main reason why the ending disappointed me I m talking the last 2 pages We spent the entire book watching Cat search and uncover the truth in her heart and town But after everything what does she do Warning BIG spoiler ahead view spoiler Cat suggested asked Patrick to keep the truth under wraps My heart s first instinct was to break and utter No, no, no wait a minute Didn t Cat learn her lesson Over and over we saw her learn hiding had the power to hurt, too I understand and realize the truth did come out to some people But.it still felt wrong It felt like they were covering up a hurt and truth again hide spoiler Still loved the book and ending That was just one emotion layered in between all the love Shine is an important, sad, powerful story about acceptance, love, truth, and forgiveness Have you ever read a scene or moment in a book and just knew it would stick with you A moment forever etched in your book memories Lauren Myracle creates so many of those moments for me here I will remember every plunge into the water, wind chime twinkle, and Wanna rub my head offer The raves, gossip, and whispers about Shine have been running through my GR feed and world for a long time A book with a lot of love surrounding it I am so happy I finally picked it up.Go read it

  7. Thomas says:

    Guys, I survived reading my first young adult book as an adult No English teachers or professors pelted me with stones and no one called me out in the middle of the street Whew.Anyway, Shine details the story of sixteen year old Cat and the hate crime against her former best friend Patrick Cat stopped talking to Patrick along with everyone else at her high school after an incident involving another boy two years ago But when Patrick is found brutally beaten to the point of comatose and t Guys, I survived reading my first young adult book as an adult No English teachers or professors pelted me with stones and no one called me out in the middle of the street Whew.Anyway, Shine details the story of sixteen year old Cat and the hate crime against her former best friend Patrick Cat stopped talking to Patrick along with everyone else at her high school after an incident involving another boy two years ago But when Patrick is found brutally beaten to the point of comatose and the police blame it on out of town college students, Cat sets out to uncover the truth On her journey she confronts small town gossip, dangerous drugs, a college boy named Jason, and a startling discovery concerning Patrick s near fatal encounter.Lauren Myracle writes a mystery with Shine While many other factors may stick out the southern setting, meth, hate crimes against gays, etc all of these are supplementary to the center storyline of the novel Cat s mission involves finding the truth about what happened to Patrick andor less doling out justice Myracle accomplishes this plot with no hiccups or awkwardness.Perhaps a fewthemes could have been expanded to providepathos, but as far as mystery goes Myracle s Shine sticks out as one of the best in the YA genre I ve read She includes a likeable yet still growing protagonist, a solid cast of characters with only a few archetypes, and an omnipresent sense of place Recommended for those who want a quick mystery read and for fans of Myracle s other works review cross posted on my blog, the quiet voice

  8. Katie says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I m surprised by all the attention the book received For me it just didn t work I was expecting a story about homophobia, but it doesn t really explore that theme It s really about Cat, her issues, and finding her courage to stand up for what is right I can get on board with that Justice Still, I was disappointed at every turn Stereotypes abound so much that I can t think of a single character that had any depth Not to mention that most characters were unlikable, including Cat I also ha I m surprised by all the attention the book received For me it just didn t work I was expecting a story about homophobia, but it doesn t really explore that theme It s really about Cat, her issues, and finding her courage to stand up for what is right I can get on board with that Justice Still, I was disappointed at every turn Stereotypes abound so much that I can t think of a single character that had any depth Not to mention that most characters were unlikable, including Cat I also had trouble with unbelievable plot elements like the fact that Cat didn t speak to her friends for 3 years after her trauma Three years How Would she have lived to be a bitter old hermit lady if Patrick wasn t attacked and nearly killed Even the ending was a massive disappointment Cat decides not to tell anyone who Patrick s attacker was Maybe she thought justice had been served but keeping silent won t help change the community Maybe she feels that the town is doomed to be consumed by meth anyway Cat also decides not to tell anyone about the boy who raped her because he apologized WHAT He traumatized her so badly that her life fell apart for YEARS but it s okay now because he said he s sorry Myracle brought up some important issues and themes but fails to develop or resolve them in any satisfying way NetGalley advance copy

  9. Trudi says:

    The first time I heard about this book was when the author was pressured to withdraw its National Book Award nomination which had been given in error and intended for the book Chime What rhymes with Shine Chime apparently Good grief Really people, you can t be anyprofessional than that The author talks about the emotional whirlwind that followed, but there was a silver lining to the crushing disappointment the controversy brought much needed awareness to this quiet, unassuming book The first time I heard about this book was when the author was pressured to withdraw its National Book Award nomination which had been given in error and intended for the book Chime What rhymes with Shine Chime apparently Good grief Really people, you can t be anyprofessional than that The author talks about the emotional whirlwind that followed, but there was a silver lining to the crushing disappointment the controversy brought much needed awareness to this quiet, unassuming book Shine isn t a dystopia It has no post apocalyptic cachet, there are no demons, angels, vampires or fairies Instead, Shine is a lyrical and realistic coming of age portrait of a young girl living in a small backwoods Southern town Cat is 16 and knows all about secrets She has been carrying a dark and bitter one of her own for three years It has caused her to wither and withdraw, and worst of all it has cost her Patrick Patrick is Cat s best friend but she hasn t spoken to him, not really, since the bad thing Patrick is set adrift without her and finds the only friends left to him are members of the redneck posse who tease and berate him mercilessly for being gay One night Patrick is brutally beaten and left for dead outside of the gas station where he works The nature of the assault has labeled this a hate crime and Cat fueled by guilt and anger becomes desperate to find out who has done this to her gentle friend She believes it s someone she knows, and the closer she gets to unraveling the truth, thedangerous it becomes for everyone around her, including Patrick who lies helpless in a coma In many ways, this has all the hallmarks of a good mystery I love how Becky describes it in her review as parceled out, little by little, edging closer to the truth and the consequences and the brokenness, like a hungry mouse sneaking closer to a crumb not far from the cat s bed The mouse knows that rushing will cause it to lose its chance, to be hurt but caution and stealth may win it a chance to survive This book was like that It crept along, building momentum, until it reached where it needed to be Shine isn t a gentle story it is a raw and honest consideration of self acceptance, self loathing, guilt, friendship and family There is explicit language and vivid descriptions of violence Despite the ugliness there is much beauty to consider as well, and Myracle s prose reminded me both of Winter s Bone and To Kill a Mockingbird This book has its flaws, but overall it accomplishes something wonderful

  10. Laura Lulu says:

    Set in a small town in the South, this book is about bigotry, and friendship, and love It s about seeing the best in people, and seeing the worst It is a beautifully written story about a brutal hate crime Cat s best friend, Patrick, is the victim of a gay bashing smashed in the head with a bat, tied to a gas pump with the nozzle shoved in his mouth, and the words Suck this faggot written on his chest in blood He is in a coma, and they don t know if he s going to make it The small town cop Set in a small town in the South, this book is about bigotry, and friendship, and love It s about seeing the best in people, and seeing the worst It is a beautifully written story about a brutal hate crime Cat s best friend, Patrick, is the victim of a gay bashing smashed in the head with a bat, tied to a gas pump with the nozzle shoved in his mouth, and the words Suck this faggot written on his chest in blood He is in a coma, and they don t know if he s going to make it The small town cops would rather not look too closely at the crime, they would prefer to act as if they are investigating, and then just blame it on some punks passing through town, and sweep the whole big mess under the rug Because really, it could have been anyone small town homophobia runs deep.But Cat wants to find out who hurt Patrick, so she starts investigating on her own Which is easier said than done, especially since she s shut out everyone in her life after something happened to her, something that no one knows about, even the reader She s shut out everyone, including Patrick, including her brother, Christian So getting people to open up to her proves to bedifficult that she had hoped.There were a few things I wasn t crazy about particularly Cat s love interest, whose name I don t even remember 3 days later He was totally one dimensional and so completely unneeded to the story He could have been edited out and the book would have been better for it Also, the big reveal of Cat s traumatic secret ended up being a bit underwhelming, and it s resolution felt altogether too nice and tidy for my liking.But other than that, this was a beautiful book The mystery was done nicely, with enough suspense to last until the whodunnit reveal I popped around through the entire book,It was him No, it was him Hmmmmaybe it was himand still I was pretty shocked when the truth came out.Lauren Myracle tackled a bunch of tough issues in this book abuse, alcoholism, homosexuality, homophobia, drug use, small town politics, class warfare, small mindedness ignorance and she did it beautifullyI received this as a free ARC from NetGalley, in exchange for my review No goodies other than the story were acquired by me

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