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Shine by Lauren Myracle



Release Date: May 1st, 2011
Publisher: Amulet Books
Genre: Contemporary Mystery Young Adult
Pages: 376 Hardover
Source: ARC received from NetGalley.

Trigger Warning(s): This book is a minefield for them. Assault, sexual assault, physical abuse, drug use, use of derogatory homosexual terms and bullying.

Summary: 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.

NOTE: This review is spoiler-free!

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