Summer Read: Shiver
A summer romance that makes you shiver!
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press, June 2010
No. of Pages: 400
Age Range: Teen
I love a good horror story and I also enjoy a well-written love story. I doubly enjoyed reading Shiver because it’s both!
Shiver is the story of a 17-year-old girl named Grace and a yellow-eyed boy named Sam—who just happens to be a werewolf.
Grace loves the peace and tranquility of the woods behind her home where she gets to see “her wolf” with the yellow eyes every winter. She is sure the wild wolf saved her from an attack by a pack of wolves when she was 9 years old. Over the eight years since, they watch each other from a distance as their interest in each other grows.
When a local teen is killed by a pack of wolves, a hunting party is assembled. Grace discovers a wounded and handsome boy, Sam Roth, shivering on her back porch. When she sees his yellow eyes, she immediately realizes this is her wolf in human form.
Fate has finally brought Sam and Grace together, but only for a short time. Once his wounds heal, the winter cold will turn him back into a wolf.
Sam and Grace’s romance is sweet and wonderful, even as he realizes he could loose the ability to transform back into human form forever.
The story’s narrative unfolds from both Sam’s and Grace’s points of view. Using that narrative style successfully conveys the sense of longing and intensity that the characters feel toward each other.
This book is a must read book for teens who love an intense, romantic, horror story.
PHOTOS: (TOP)The book cover for Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. (Image Courtesy Scholastic) (BOTTOM) Kid Reporter Cecilia Gault in one of her her favorite reading spots—the New York City subway. (Photo Courtesy Cecilia Gault)