Shine by Lauren Myracle

 This book does not fit neatly into any of my shelves. It defies and challenges categories. I put it into the romance, not because of Cat & Jason, but because of the beautifully developed friendship between Cat and her best friend, Patrick. Told in flashback, it is extremely sad to see that Cat has shut herself off from him for the past 3 years. All that wasted time!

While Patrick’s beating remains the central mystery of the story, it is evident that the author also wants to highlight the impact of small town poverty and intolerance on individuals. It’s a searing insight – sad and desperate.

Cat’s growing realisation of the need ‘to say yes to the world insted of no’ develops realistically.

Hard to read, but worth it.