Shine by Lauren Myracle

Available At: Electronic, Air Academy, DCC (HS), Mountain Ridge, Pine Creek

Categories: Cursing, Drug Abuse, LGBTQ+, Racism, Sexual, Violence

Description: A thirteen-year-old girl discovers hidden secrets about drugs, alcohol, and sexuality in her small town while seeking to uncover whom assaulted her homosexual friend.

YA Label?: Sometimes

Notes: This book contains profanity and derogatory terms; alternate sexualities; pedophilia; sexual activities including sexual assault; sexual nudity; drug and alcohol use and abuse; and violence.

Violations (Miller Test [MT] & Colorado Obscenity Test [CD])

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Page 14: “Across the teen’s bare chest, scrawled in blood, were the words Suck this, faggot.”

Page 94: “And ‘Stay back, Candypants. My lollipop ain’t yours to suck.’ And ‘Lose the fag pants, Candypants.’”

Page 106: “You called me a mountain nigger…”

Page 140: “So you sold meth for Wally, but you didn’t smoke it or sniff it or whatever?”

Page 167: “When I was ten, I caught my brother dropping his pants in front of the mirror on Aunt Tildy’s bureau…but I should have tiptoed away when I saw what he was doing…My brother’s penis was no longer soft and pink. It was bigger, and it jutted out from his body in a way that confused me. I shrank behind the door frame, but I couldn’t tear my eyes away. That thatch of dark hair- when did he get that?”

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