Freaking Out Over SHINE

You guys. Have you read this book? I know I’m like a billion years late to the party (1 year = 1 billion in YA years), but this book…this book is friggin’ amazing.  I’ll admit, I totally get sucked into the I-must-only-read-what-just-came-out phenomenon. But recently I’ve been picking up what I want to read, versus what’s new and shiny. And my people, I’ve been rewarded for my rebel ways.

My most recent reward came from SHINE, a book about a small town with big problems. You know those books where you suddenly feel like your life becomes unimportant? Like, you’re doing laundry or eating lunch or washing your car…and the whole time you’re thinking: this isn’t my real life. My real life starts again when I get back to reading SHINE. It’s like all of a sudden, the people in your world become less real, because the people between the pages sprang to life in this mind-bending way.

I’ve heard there’s a lot of controversy surrounding this book, and I just can’t understand why. It was just…amazing. One of those books that makes you doubt your own abilities as a writer. I seriously don’t even know what else to say besides I fucking LOVED this book. That’s right, it’s F-bomb worthy.

Have you guys read this one? I’m dying to talk to someone about it!