Down with the Shine

Down with the Shine

by Kate Karyus Quinn


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Think twice before you make a wish in this imaginative, twisted, and witty new novel from the author of Another Little Piece.

When Lennie brings a few jars of her uncles’ moonshine to Michaela Gordon’s house party, she has everyone who drinks it make a wish. It’s tradition. So is the toast her uncles taught her: “May all your wishes come true, or at least just this one.”

The thing is, those words aren’t just a tradition. The next morning, every wish—no matter how crazy—comes true. And most of them turn out bad. But once granted, a wish can’t be unmade . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062356048
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/26/2016
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Kate Karyus Quinn is an avid reader and a menthol ChapStick addict. She has lived in California and Tennessee but recently made the move back to her hometown of Buffalo, New York, with her husband and two children in tow. She promised them wonderful people, amazing food, and weather that would . . . build character. She is also the author of Another Little Piece and (Don’t You) Forget About Me. You can visit Kate online at

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Down with the Shine 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First off, I love Quinn's book titles. They're all songs titles, and they're clearly chosen carefully and fit so well with each story. The author's mix of mystery, darkness, and humor make this story one that kept me turning the pages. The main character is interesting and tough, but has some serious struggles to overcome. The varied cast of characters make this story both scary at times as well as very entertaining. One thing I really loved about this book was how everything was woven together and pieces thrown in along the way are actually well-plotted gems that bring it all together.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I loved the premise of this and was super eager to read it. I loved Lennie. She's snarky as hell and it was a lot of fun being in her head. I also loved her uncles and of course Smith. Of course there were a few people who needed to be slapped, but I let you be the judge of that. The main plot point had me captivated from the first page. Lennie not finding out about the wishes until after the party was an interesting form of conflict and the repercussions are pretty mind blowing. Overall, it's a unique plot with characters I enjoyed and a story I couldn't get enough of. I'm fairly certain I'll be reading it again. **Huge thanks to Harper Teen and Edelweiss for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**
blamethebooks More than 1 year ago
What a lovely little surprise this book was! I picked this up based solely on the cover and a super quick glance at the synopsis. But I'm so glad I picked it up! Just a few pages in, and I found myself going, "WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON?????" I was so excited to see what would happen next and where this adventure would take me. My excitement did die down just a little bit as I was reading, but I still thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book. The main character, Lennie, comes from a long line of people with a very special talent - with the help of a little moonshine, they can grant wishes. Sounds really cool, right? It is, until Lennie accidentally grants some interesting wishes and ends up with a lot more than she bargained for. The majority of this book takes place over the course of a whirlwind 24 hours, in which Lennie, her friends, and her uncles are desperately trying to fix the mess she made. As they learn the hard way, no wish can be un-wished, so they have to get creative when finding a solution. One thing that I loved about Down with the Shine was that it had a grittiness to it. There was death and destruction and violence that I totally didn't expect to find when I picked it up. The synopsis of this book doesn't hint at all that there is darkness to this story. It completely took me by surprise and I loved it! All in all, I really enjoyed Down with the Shine, and I highly recommend it if you are looking for something fun, fantastical, and a little dark.
Carrick15 More than 1 year ago
How to tell if you'd like this book.... 1.) Your favorite phrase is "Careful what you wish for." 2.) You ever wished to be included in the cool group. 3.) You had a secret crush in high school and would have done anything to have it reciprocated. 4.) You had parent issues. 5.) You're drawn to clever, humorous writing, with a dark side. 6.) You have a secret obsession for Cheetos. (Trust me on this one)
JessicaCoffee More than 1 year ago
I’ll admit it: I’m a sucker for a good cover. I frequently choose books based on cover alone. This usually *enhances* the reading experience, since I have no idea about the actual storyline beforehand, as was the case for DWTS*. Back when I got it, there seemed to be good buzz about DWTS, and I recognized Kate Karyus Quinn from precious books; but beyond that, I didn’t know much about the plot. I think the most important thing to highlight about DWTS is that it’s ORIGINAL. This is a storyline like no other. Not only that, but it’s written in a wonderful voice—Lennie’s voice—leading you through tragedy, magic, friendship, family, romance, comedy, and more. The characters were not always perfect or logical in their actions/reactions, but for me, that’s what made them real. You know that feeling you get sometimes, where you’re reading a book and even though you’re enjoying it, it feels like you’ve read the story before? That doesn’t happen with Down With the Shine. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys light stories (it starts out tragic, but doesn’t remain that way), magic, second chances, family secrets, subterfuge, best friends, oh, and of course, hot, brooding guys. ;) *Due to profanity, one guy's gross groping problem, and underage drinking, I'd say this is definitely upper YA.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
TVMartin42 More than 1 year ago
Not many people could make me laugh about a girl struggling in the darkest of circumstances, while people die all around her, severed fingers float around, and her perfect crush is breaking her heart. But I did. I grinned, then I laughed. Then the crap hit the fan and I gagged. I'll never eat Cheetos again. With as much darkness as Lennie faces -- Quinn doesn't shy away from the tough stuff: parental neglect and some pretty shocking abuse, violence and gangland-style murder -- it's a long, hard road to her realizing just how much she truly shines. That Quinn pulls this off with a wry, sprightly humor and the dark absurdity of a Wonderland on Red Bull makes this book a wish come true. Take a gulp, not a sip. DON'T close your eyes. You won't want to miss a thing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lennie Cash is a character a lot of us can relate to - someone who wants to follow her own path but also wants to fit in. She knows her uncle's moonshine will be the life of the all-the-cool-kids-will-be-there end of summer party, especially when each party goer gets to make a wish with their sip. A wish that will come true at sunrise. They don't realize that of course, and neither does Lennie. And the crazy stuff teenagers wish for after they've been drinking moonshine makes for some hilarious scenes in the book (no spoilers - you'll just have to read it yourself!) But there is much more to the story. Lennie's personal journey to find out what happened to her best friend, deal with the emotional scars left by her father, and learn to accept who she is will break your heart and then piece it back together. And the characters in these pages will stay with you long after you close the book.