by Lauren Myracle
Expected publication: 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 love this cover! As soon as I saw the cover, I wanted to read it. When I saw the author was Lauren Myracle, it sealed the deal!
And I wasn't disappointed. The storyline is leisurely until we get close to the end. Then it kicks into high gear. The leisurely pace fits in with the people and community of the story, though, so it worked for me. Nobody gets worked up about much of anything in Cat's town. Except Cat, of course.
This is unlike anything I've ever read by Lauren--a different taste of her writing skills. I liked it. I admired Cat for her courage and her tenacity and her love for her friend. I loved the way she faced and overcame her emotional scars. And I loved the climax.
If you are a fan of lauren Myracle, give this book a try. I'd love to hear what you think.