Title: Fade to Us
Author: Julia Day
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 320 pages, Ebook
Published: February 6th, 2018 by Wednesday Books
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book was somewhat okay. It’s kinda actually between 2.5 and 3 stars. I loved Day’s The Possibility of Somewhere, so I wanted to read this one too. Unfortunately, it didn’t manage to meet my expectations.
Brooke had her whole summer planned out, working as much as possible so that she can finally buy her own car. But when her step-sister Natalie who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome comes to stay with them for the summer. And when Natalie ends up getting a role in a play, her plans take another route. She decides to stay with her sister in the rehearsals so that she can come to the rescue her sister whenever needs her and there she also meets Micah whom she develops feelings for.
Sooo, I didn’t know what I was going into but I’m glad I learned about Asperger’s Syndrome. I felt that this book had a lot of potentials but it fell flat for me. This book is essentially character-centric and that’s what saved it from completely drowning. One of the things that I loved this book was how caring Brooke was towards her step-sister, Natalie. Although she unintentionally hurt Brooke a number of times but I loved the fact that she was protective of her and stood up for her whenever anyone badmouthed her, even to her best friend (who was really shitty btw). But it was a little weird that she never spoke her mind even when the lines crossed.
The thing that I did not like about the book was the romance. It was out of nowhere and a little insta-e. I understand they met during the rehearsals and Brooke also started working as an assistant there but I felt there was no chemistry between her and Micah. Not at all. It kinda felt forced. I would have loved if this book solely focused on Brooke and Natalie’s relationship and the growing bond between them. I wanted to see more of it. That simply would have been enough but oh well.
Also, I wanted to see more of their family together. It was clear that Brooke did not have the same kind of relationship with her step-father like Natalie and although it came to a conclusion, I felt it was rushed as well.
Aaaand as per following the cliched norm, Brooke makes the most foolish decision in the last part of this book before realising her mistake. Brooke felt like a mature character and this part kinda seemed out of her character because there were other ways to deal with that particular matter.
Overall, Fade to Us was an okay read. I liked the characters but this book didn’t leave much of an impression on me. I just wish a few things were executed in a different manner. Anyway, the writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. I really hope I enjoy her next book!!
Soo guys have you read this?? Is it on your tbr? Have you read any other book by this author?