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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

TBR Tuesday: Shine

Most of us have books we've bought with all intentions of reading (or maybe just because it was cheap!), only to have them fade away on a shelf or disappear into a stack of books, never to be seen or thought of again.
TBR Tuesday is a way to talk about the books we own but haven't read, see what other people think about them, and help us decide whether to bump it up our list or knock it off completely.
[If you're more a book borrower than a book buyer, you're still welcome to participate with the books that you've been meaning to read and haven't!]

On my TBR

Shine by Lauren Myracle
Contemporary, Mystery 350 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Amulet Books
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.

I kind of can't believe I haven't read this yet, as the cover is constantly in my line of sight and calls to me often.  I awaited this really eagerly (even got it from Netgalley, but decided I wanted to read a physical copy), but it's just been one thing after another and I just can't seem to find the time for it.  I'm hoping to get in a few solid chunks of reading-my-own-damn-books towards the end of this year and beginning of next, so hopefully this will be on the list.  But the lists are always longer than the days...
Have you guys read this one?  Does it deserve the hype (and the gorgeous cover)?  Should it be a definite on the shortlist?

What's lurking in behind your TBR monster?


Tell me all your thoughts.
Let's be best friends.


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