Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (April 3 2018)
Synopsis: On the night of her high school graduation, Vale McKinley and her boyfriend Crawford are in a terrible car accident that leaves Crawford in a coma. They were supposed to spend the summer planning for college, for a bright future full of possibility. Together. Instead, Vale spends long days in the hospital, hoping Crawford will awaken.
Slate Allen, a college friend of Vale’s brother, has been visiting his dying uncle at the same hospital. When he and Vale meet, she can’t deny the flutter of an illicit attraction. She tries to ignore her feelings, but she’s not immune to Slate’s charm. Slowly, they form a cautious friendship.
Then, Crawford wakes up . . . with no memory of Vale or their relationship. Heartbroken, Vale opts to leave for college and move on with her life. Except now, she’s in Slate’s territory, and their story is about to take a very strange turn.
Glines’ millions of fans will adore As She Fades, a novel as romantic as it is full of twists and unexpected turns.
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As a huge fan of Abbi Glines (the Rosemary Beach series), I was super excited to hear about this book coming out and to be given the chance to review it. Let me start by saying this book is unlike any of the Abbi Glines books I have read in the past – this book is real and heartbreaking and the story is powerful.
On the night of her high school graduation, Vale’s life changes forever in many ways. Her boyfriend ends up in a coma and while waiting and praying for him to wake up, Vale meets Slate. What unfolds is a gripping and captivating love triangle that literally made me unable to put this book down – literally! I read it in one day! The character of Vale is completely likeable, even loveable, by the reader, which I find is always important – I mean, if you don’t like the main character, why are you reading the book?! She was unique and strong, and watching her develop through the story was a key piece of the plot but also wonderful to watch.
I found this book had more depth and meaning to it than the Rosemary Beach series, but it still had the addictive love story elements that make these YA/New adult books so engrossing. I was already an Abbi Glines fan but I am definitely a bigger fan now and am going to start making my way through her entire collection of books and series.
* I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Raincoast Books *