Best Thang ‘Bout It: Though the subject matter is equal parts horrible and heartbreaking (gay teen beating), the story is unflinching in its portrayal of the small, poor town, the “bless his heart, but…” inhabitants and the terrible secrets that all people cling to like a ship going down. Things aren’t always exactly as they seem, are they?
I’m Cranky Because: This is real life for some people. A lot of people, really, in one way or another. That makes me really, really sad.
Should You?: If you don’t, I will regret it for the rest of your life.
Shine was published on May 1, 2011 by Amulet Books.
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary LGBT
Ages: 14 and up