Shine by Lauren MyracleShine by Lauren Myracle


byLauren Myracle

Hardcover | May 1, 2011

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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

WINNER: Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award for young adult fiction
YALSA 2014 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

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
Title:ShineFormat:HardcoverDimensions:376 pages, 8.75 × 5.75 × 1.25 inPublished:May 1, 2011Publisher:Harry N. AbramsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0810984172

ISBN - 13:9780810984172

Appropriate for ages: 14

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super Depressing Not an easy read. A book that will break your heart.
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Whoa Besides a very insightful view into main character Cat's life, we get a well developed plot and awesome writing!
Date published: 2017-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely Touching ! Shine is an extremely touching novel which englobes many real life issues, it is very easy to relate to. Feelings of anger, pain, sadness, betrayal, being scared, being lonely, feeling like an outsider everything is in this book. I loved her writting style in this novel it kept me interested in finding out what would happen to Patrick, I grew very attached to him even if he was not really throughout the book, but you still got to know him and love him. Also Cat what to say about her she is so relatable in every way and you have to love her, there is nothing not to love. Her characters were very well developped and you were able to make a mental image of all the characters and places in the book which I loved. I felt like I was in the story. This novel will stay with you even after you are done reading it, it is so touching and has a good lesson to be learnt by everyone. I loved this book and was anxious to finish it, I couldn't wait to know what would happen.
Date published: 2013-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, Powerful, Life-Changing and Brilliant Shine is an amazing book. It's touching and powerful, and makes you look at life in a whole different way. I guess I'll start off with the characters. I felt that Cat really fit with the story, and that she was a real character who felt real feelings. All of the secondary characters we meet, even ones that are only in one scene, are well-developed and have a compelling backstory. My only complaint is that, even though I love the complicated relationship between Cat and Christian, I think Christian could have been a bit more developed. Myracle could have added just a bit more depth to his character. I loved how Shine was based in a small southern town. It makes it all the more better. I also really enjoyed how there was a bit of romance, but it didn't overpower the book and take it to a new and different direction. Yes, it was realistic, and that scares me. it scares me to know that these things really do happen. Although this is a fictional book, it's definitely got some real and important elements to it. Drugs are a big part of this story, and everything in this book - even the smallest thing as someone who has basically seen his baby girl die or the fact that Beef sometimes gets beaten - is important. And thats what this is. Shine is an important book, for so many reasons. Despite all of the big main ideas in Shine, the undertones are what really makes this book amazing. Without the subtle characters and there unique history and backstories, Shine would not be the same. I think its the small details that really make the book. The mystery aspect catches people attention, and the writing is astounding. I did feel that at the start it was a bit slowly paced, but it quickly picked up and I found myself not being able to put it down. The writing is so descriptive and easy to understand. I loved how I could feel everything - everything - that Cat was feeling, at all times. Truly remarkable. Shine is a stunning book. It's powerful and really effects todays society. Myracle did an excellent job of balancing the different elements that this book holds, and she absolutely nailed it! It's so important that we learn from this book, because there are many, many important messages that this book contains. I'm extremely moved by Cat's story, and Shine is a truly life-changing book.
Date published: 2013-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Totally Awesome! :DDDDD Shine really opened my eyes to what can really happen in this world. It's really represents friendship and never backing down. The characters were really good and I loved the plot.The characters were described good and I could really get the picture. The plot was great and I loved how the author described the events and plots and how it wasn't too fast but not too slow. It really is a good book to read. :DDDD
Date published: 2012-11-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good read I enjoyed this book. It was an interesting story, and I enjoyed Cat's interviewing of the other characters. I liked the style of writing; very casual, yet descriptive and engaging. I do think some of the characters could have been a little more developed, but overall it was a good read, and likely a book I will keep on my bookshelf and read again in the future.
Date published: 2012-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Important Book *Spoilers* This book felt so heart-breaking and horrifyingly real. Cat closing herself off from everyone in her life after what Tommy did to her and her belief that, of course, bad Tommy had something to do with Patrick's bashing was not only understandable but I agreed with her. Beef's downfall was so hard to read, so raw and realistic. There's so many issues that this book brings up that need to be addressed before people like Patrick and Cat and Gwennie can feel safe: homophobia, bullying, abuse, even something as simple as not speaking up when someone insults a friend can have consequences. It shows how hateful people can be even when they're pretending to be good and how there's no magic wand to make things better. It's a book I'd love to see read in high schools to show kids just how many consequences can come from things they might consider as 'no big deal'.
Date published: 2012-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spectacular ! This book was just utterly amazing. I felt like I was right there with Cat, going through everything. It was so descriptive.. it was perfect ! DEFINETLY one of my all time favourite novels ! Read it ! read it, read it, read it !
Date published: 2011-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely I finished reading this last night! it was a good read and very different from other books i've read by Lauren Myracle. it's been added to a list of my favourite books :)
Date published: 2011-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is fantastic!! This book deals with real life issues that teens today are facing. It is told from a teenagers point of view and how just by being selfish to her own needs makes her feel responsible for what happened to her friend. It deals with homosexuality in an ignorant society and how one girl tries to change the views of the entire community. One person can change the world just by finding their voice and this girl does just that. Fantastic book for teens!
Date published: 2011-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. It was more... teenager-y than I thought it would be... deals with swearing, drugs and almost-rape.. but still very good, in the end. Read it, it's pretty refreshing.
Date published: 2011-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Brave Story The night I finished Shine, I couldn’t sleep because I so buzzed about it. What was the last book you felt totally buzzed about? Where your mind, fingers and heart pulsed together in excitement over the themes, the characters and the story you’d just finished reading? That is what finishing this book was like for me. Myracle not only creates this tragic setting of a small poor Southern U.S. town reminiscent of our challenging contemporary economic climate, but also a really challenging story about a young man who is beaten because he’s gay and the traumatized friend who is bound and determined to figure out what happened. This book doesn’t just tackle homophobia and abuse, but it also discusses the systemic nature of hate in society and how challenging it is to confront this issue when everyone around you perpetuates the same detrimental world view. The resolution is not what you expect and it isn’t simply resolved. Like life, it is complicated, dark and murky. It may begin with darkness, but Shine is more about the willingness to look at something differently, and to be brave enough to take a step out of the darkness and find the light within.
Date published: 2011-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mesmerizing... Wowie. This one is FABULOUSLY written! I have never read any of Lauren Myracle's books, only the short story she wrote "The Corsage" in Prom Nights from Hell. That story was seriously creepy...kinda like this one! The detail was so rich in this story, and the words just flowed. I had to read this in one sitting, because the suspense in WHO did it was just too hard not to want to know...if you understand what I mean. Shine is set in the south, and it's portrayed quite...darkly. I mean, the only other books I've read (which I can name off the top of my head) which was set in the south was Beautiful Creatures and In Front of God and Everybody. Both were quite flimsy in portrayal, as I can compare from reading Shine. It's quite brooding, dark, mysterious (I'm not sure what it's REALLY like, I'm pretty sure not so much like it's described, but then again, I haven't been there have I?) and it just kinda gives me shivers thinking about it. I love it when authors can do that. It's like getting the full effect of the story, transported to the south and actually feeling what it's like living there through our protagonist's eyes. With poverty, drugs (Meth plays a part here) and secrets, we can feel Cat's uneasiness with the different characters she interacts with. Cat is amazing! I love her character. She's determined to find out who did the horrible things to her best friend, and I really think that's REAL determination. She's just this shy character, who's fallen away from her friends and doesn't talk to anyone much. She opens up her shell to find out what happened and I find that amazingly strong for a girl with a past like that. Speaking of which, I didn't like one thing in this story. The part where Cat reveals the event in which lead her to stay away from most people, was quite disturbing. I mean, it was kinda detailed and I kinda got freaked out, so I had to skip a bunch of lines and keep reading past that event. It's such a strong event though, that was can feel her emotions, how scared she is, but I think it was too overwhelming for me. This was the only part I hated from the story. I find Cat's relationship with her family quite sad, as her mom died, her father's a drunk, her aunt doesn't pay much attention to her and her brother, Christian, seems the most attentive and protective over her out of the whole family, yet he still hangs out with the wrong crowd. It's all pretty sad and we can see how important Patrick was for her and how his friendship with her helped her kind of overcome that. Now, onto the Mystery of the story. I love how all characters contribute some sort of information towards the crime and what happened that night, and that the small detail pieces everything together. The ending with the motive and all took me quite by surprise, but maybe that's because I don't usually read many mysteries other than reading an occasional Agatha Christie. I kind of had a 'gut-feeling' though, I thought maybe that the one who actually did do it, did it, but then pushed that away and had other thoughts. It was such a big twist though, how everything turns out in the end. Overall, I thought that Shine is an interesting insight on a very different lifestyle, with a deadly mystery with a hint of hope and a happy ending. Lauren Myracle has written an amazing YA book, and it's enough to convince me to read more of her. Dark, Beautiful and Profound, Shine is not a book to be taken lightly.
Date published: 2011-04-27