Author: Lauren Myracle
Publisher: Amulet Books
Rating: 4 stars
When sixteen-year-old Cat finds out that Patrick, her best friend, falls victim into a vicious hate crime, she decides to find out the culprit. Believes that the culprit is one of her townsfolk, Cat starts an investigation from Patrick's closest circle, including her own big brother. After years hiding inside her own shelf after one faithful incident when she was thirteenth-year-old, Cat braces herself not just to accept the possibility someone near him is capable of doing something so horrible, but also to overcome the shadow of her past that has been affecting the way she sees people and the world.
Some of you probably know that I'm a fan of mystery. When I found this book on NetGalley, I thought: 'Hey, it seems interesting.' and it turns out it's more than interesting. Set in small southern town where most people are redneck and no one dares to say the world 'gay', Lauren Myracle weaves a mind-blowing story about friendship, minority and how to stand up for what you believe.
The mystery element in this book isn't as much as I hoped for, toward the end I could guess who's the culprit while Cat still struggling to find out. But I still enjoyed this book, I like books with powerful message and this one is. In America where people claim to be the land of freedom and equality, you will still find towns like Black Creek. A town where you hardly can find black people; where the word gay is forbidden to speak off; when bad things happened to you, it might be because you 'asked' for it.
The characters are interesting however not so special. Perhaps the most interesting is actually the victim himself; especially because all we know about him is from the eyes of his closest people. We know his past from Cat and along the way, together with Cat, we find out about his life after Cat cut all her friendship but never from himself.
I think this is one book that will not only entertain you but will also open your eyes about many things. If you haven't read it, go read it now!