Author: Lauren Myracle
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publish Date: May 1, 2011
Why You're Reading This Book:
- You're a young adult fan.
- You don't mind heavy topics.
- You like good writing.
From Goodreads.com: "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."
My Two Cents:
I had heard a lot about this book and was sort of intrigued because it covered bullying, a very time appropriate topic. There's been a lot of stories recently about kids being bullied in school for simply being who they are, which is totally disheartening. Timely books like this are so important.
Cat thinks she could have done more after her best friend, Patrick, is beaten for being gay. She feels she should have stood up for him more, which would have been really hard to do in their tiny, backwards town. After Patrick is beaten and is in the hospital fighting for his life, Cat makes it her mission to find out who did such a horrendous thing to Patrick.
This book dealt with more heavy topics than just bullying. There is also meth and other drugs present, which seem to be sucking the souls of the youth in this small town. I didn't realize how many other things the book dealt with. While depressing at some points, I really thought that Myracle did a great job of bringing these issues to light. This is a young adult book and I can definitely see this book as one that a teen would get a lot out of. I know I got a lot out of it myself.