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.
**ARC Courtesy of NetGalley
Goodreads: 5/5 stars
Where do I begin with this book? Well, first I'd like to say I absolutely ADORE it. I haven't read a book that made me feel like I was there--walking, talking, breathing--with the characters in a very long time. The fact that I live in a small town and know these characters (they really aren't characters--they're real people that live just around the corner) made this book more realistic to me. Or maybe it's because I haven't strayed from fantasy/paranormal in a long time. Either way, this book literally was a gust of fresh air--the kind that rustles Mama Sweetie's windchimes. ;)
Now that I have my disclaimer out of the way, the only nitpicky problem I had with this book was how long is took Cat to find out who left Patrick to die. It didn't start to get really good until around 300 pages in, which is quite some time. However, because I love this book, I'll say this: The writing for the first 300 pages (and the entire book, for that matter) is flawless, gorgeous and intoxicating. So the wait to find out who committed the hate crime wasn't so bad.
I would recommend this book to anyone who comes from a small town, who knows someone that's been a victim of a hate crime or constantly teased because they're gay, someone who has lost a family member or loved one to meth, or someone who just wants to escape into a world that doesn't involve mythological and legendary creatures. :)