February 6, 2012

Shine by Lauren Myracle

Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Worldcat Summary: 

When her best friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover the culprits in her small North Carolina town.

Bookskoetter Rating: 4/5

Bookskoetter Review: 
Shine has been in the news a lot lately after the author was mistakenly told that the book had been named a National Book Award Finalist.  This suspenseful mystery is set in a religious, small-town in North Carolina.  The author effectively transports readers to this gossipy, small community, where everyone knows everyone and everything - or at least they think they do. It delves into several topics that are currently popular in young adult novels, including homosexuality, corruption, meth addiction, hate crimes, and rape.  However the author balances the topics in such a way that the overall effect is believable and not overdone. I would recommend this novel to mystery fans that crave a suspenseful and serious, yet hopeful ride.

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