Despite the bright title, Shine is a dark book. It deals with uncomfortable subjects(poverty, meth addiction, homophobia) and is not an easy, breezy read. But it's an important one nonetheless.
Sixteen-year-old Cat lives in what some might call a backwoods town in North Carolina. The novel opens with a newspaper article describing a horrific hate crime committed against Cat's gay friend Patrick. Cat, who has retreated from the world because of an act of violence committed against her a few years before, decides to take a stand for her friend and find out who hurt him. Along the way, she reconnects with friends and family and finds the courage to let her light shine again.
This is definitely not one for the faint of heart, or for those bothered by foul language. But it is definitely food for thought.
*I was provided a copy for review by the publisher through NetGalley.