Friday, February 4, 2011

Review of Shine

by Lauren Myracle

Young adult mystery

Pub date May 2011

I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book, but it wasn't a coming-of-age/mystery/social commentary/love story. Myracle has continued to branch out into different styles and genres over the course of her writing career, and this is by far my favorite of her voices.

Years ago, Cat withdrew from her own life after a traumatic event took place. Now, in the wake of a hate crime perpetrated on her former best friend, she is trying to get to the bottom of what happened. It means re-entering her old life, investigating those she once considered friends, and facing down her past.

This book has a lot of different things going on: a mystery, hate crimes, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, tensions caused by community history and socioeconomic differences. In spite of the heavy topics, Lauren Myracle manages to write a book that is touching and uplifting. You'll love Cat. I can't wait to see where Myracle goes next.

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