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Shine Shine Shine

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

A must-read that defies categorizaton.

I absolutely loved this debut novel from Lydia Netzer. At first found the seemingly disparate threads of the story a little jarring, but once the book hit its stride, I was glad I had kept reading. The writing is gorgeous and the characters stayed with me long after I ...
I absolutely loved this debut novel from Lydia Netzer. At first found the seemingly disparate threads of the story a little jarring, but once the book hit its stride, I was glad I had kept reading. The writing is gorgeous and the characters stayed with me long after I put the book down. Highly recommend!

posted by jmbatty on July 24, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

I got this book from the library because Joshilyn Jackson (autho

I got this book from the library because Joshilyn Jackson (author of “A Grown Up Kind of Pretty”) recommended it highly on her website. After hearing so many good things about it, I really wanted to like this book.

The main character of the book is Sunny. At the sta...
I got this book from the library because Joshilyn Jackson (author of “A Grown Up Kind of Pretty”) recommended it highly on her website. After hearing so many good things about it, I really wanted to like this book.

The main character of the book is Sunny. At the start of the story, Sunny is pregnant with her second child, and her big secret is that she was born with a condition that made her completely hairless – she is bald, but she also has no eyelashes, eyebrows, or hair anywhere else on her body. When Sunny had her first baby, she began wearing wigs, because she decided she could not be bald and be a mother. Wearing the wig became part of her “Mom” persona, but Sunny realizes that the Mom wearing a wig is not who she really is. Sunny spends the rest of the novel trying to figure out if she can be her true self, Mom, and Maxon’s wife all at the same time.

Maxon, Sunny’s husband, either has autism or Asperger’s (it’s never stated clearly) and he is a mathematical and engineering genius. NASA has chosen him to go on a mission to the moon. I liked Maxon’s character, and I thought Netzer’s way of describing his thinking in code (If Teacher = Nagging, then Head = Nodding. Loop until Teacher = Quiet) was interesting. Maxon is on the rocket for the mission for the entire story – we only see him interact with Sunny through flashbacks.

The main theme that Netzer emphasized throughout the story is that no one is really “normal.” We all have our secrets. The problem I had with this message isn’t that I don’t agree with her; the problem was that the secrets Sunny finds out about other people (her mother, Maxon’s parents, a neighbor) were so bizarre that I just didn’t buy it. I know that lots of people live with extraordinary circumstances, but I don’t believe that everyone I know is sitting on a bombshell like these characters were. Another issue I had was how this book jumped around in time. In flashbacks, the characters are newly-weds, toddlers, new parents, high school kids, etc. I’ve read books where authors used this technique to gradually bring you into an awesome conclusion. In this book, it felt disjointed and clunky, and half the time I wasn’t sure what Netzer was trying to tell me or prepare me for. Maybe I’ll reread this in a few years and see something in it that I didn’t this time around, but for now, this book was not my favorite.

posted by Ashley_UNC on December 3, 2012

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  • Posted August 17, 2012

    A great cast of character, and an interesting engrossing writing

    A great cast of character, and an interesting engrossing writing style.
    I really enjoyed this book, it is a look at marriage, love, family, and
    life. The characters were complex without loosing the idea of
    characterization. Interesting, fresh and new. My only issue is that
    the author didn't do more research when it came to the main characters
    alopecia. It is a well documented disorder and to have Netzer just keep
    saying she is completely bald and no one knows why was something I got
    stuck on.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2012

    If you’re looking for predictable, this isn’t the b


    If you’re looking for predictable, this isn’t the book for you. Lydia Netzer has written a novel that is a little bit real, a little bit sci-fi, a little bit quirky, and more than a little bit fun. You need to read it at her pace and just let it wash over you with both its insanity and wisdom rolled into one. I admit it took me a few chapters to catch the rhythm, but once I got it, I was into it.

    The novel is filled with contradictions, a genius husband with all of the peculiarities that geniuses have trying to fit into society, including a child apparently with Asperger’s, not so unlike his father. Meanwhile, Sunny, his wife, through whom most of the book is seen, is plagued with her own insecurities while trying to normalize her very not-normal family. And yet in the end, is there anyone who is really “normal?”

    Fasten your seatbelt for this trip to the moon and beyond. My most memorable sequence: “A death happened at 3:12 in the morning. A private death between the mother and herself, before she could finish her one last dream. This is what it means to die: You do not finish.”

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2014

    I chose "Shine Shine Shine" because I was searching fo

    I chose "Shine Shine Shine" because I was searching for intelligent fiction - and Netzer's writing certainly "fits the bill."  I do wish she would get all her scientific facts correct - such as the shape of planets. Contrary to the book, all planets are not "round (see page 195);" in fact, our own Earth is ellipsoid, and the shape varires by the gravitational effects of the moon. But overall it was accurate, and I appreciate her inclusion of NASA, robots etc. It's also refreshing to read stories that are not predictable. In more simplistic book, you know the resolution by the end of the first chapter, so why bother reading the rest? I hope Ms. Netzer will continue to write intelligent books for many years, and I can't wait for her next work!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Good novel

    Interesting and creative with good observations on life

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Fern

    Swam in a cool creek and brought swans back to the freshkill pile.

    0 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Everpaw and blazepaw

    Is it okay if we r everdawn and blazestorm?

    0 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2012

    NIGHTSTAR TO ALL

    WE ARE MOVING TO LITTLE ALL RESULTS!!

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 22, 2012

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