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Harry N. Abrams, May 1, 2011 - Juvenile Fiction - 376 pages
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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.

Praise for Shine
“Cat eventually uncovers the truth in a cliffhanging climax in which she confronts fear, discovers that love is stronger than hate and truly ‘shines.’ Raw, realistic and compelling.” –Kirkus Reviews 

“The page-turning mystery and Cat’s inspiring trajectory of self-realization will draw readers in and give them plenty to ponder.” –The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Dramatic in both content and presentation.” –Los Angeles Times

“Myracle captures well the regret that many feel for things in their past about which they are ashamed. Cat’s reflections on these moments are spot-on.” –School Library Journal

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Even the ending was a massive disappointment. - Goodreads
First and foremost—I have to gush about the writing. - Goodreads
The ending, too, is somewhat of a letdown. - Goodreads
... hide spoiler)] Still loved the book and ending. - Goodreads
It's a bleak portrayal, but not entirely depressing. - Goodreads
The first was the pacing. - Goodreads

Review: Shine

User Review  - Kaitlyn - Goodreads

I can't remember the last time I was this angry at a book for so many different reasons. It was mediocre but okay for the first hundred pages or so. A few things didn't sit quite right with me, but I ... Read full review

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User Review  - Julia - Goodreads

I didn't love this book. It contained one of my pet peeves. I'll get there in a minute. The mystery element is adequate, despite one character that feels forced & the telegraphing for the last 3/4 of ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Lauren Myracle is the New York Times bestselling author of the Internet Girls trilogy—ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r—as well as Rhymes with Witches, Bliss, and the new Flower Power series, among many other books for teens and young adults. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her family. Visit her online at