Author: Lauren Myracle
Published: Amulet Books, 1 May 2011
First Line: "Patrick's house was a ghost."
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. (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts: This is the second book by Lauren Myracle that I’ve read and while I didn’t really like the other book of hers I read I absolutely adored Shine. I knew that Shine was about a hate crime but I wasn’t sure if it was a racial or sexual hate crime. In the case of Shine it is a sexual hate crime as Patrick is gay and was attacked by an unknown person or group of people.