Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Review of Shine by Lauren Myracle
Published by: Amulet Books
Source: ARC from Publisher/NetGalley
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
I just love that last line of the summary. It describes this book perfectly. When I first started reading this novel I hadn't heard much about it, but after the first couple of pages I was hooked.
I was so intrigued by the people living in Black Creek. It was not only their lifestyles but their actions that drew me in. Myracle creates a community where lips are sealed and eyes are shut. Not only do you have the town trying to protect it's own, you also have bigotry, prejudices, alcoholism, abuse, and meth (that is of course cooked in the double-wide trailer in the woods).
This is a tale interwoven with hurt and compassion. Complex emotions overtake every page as you start to learn more and more and the truth doesn't seem as simple anymore. This was a wonderfully written story portraying not only the ugly in people but also the beauty that can be found too.