As She Fades by Abbi Glines
Published on April 3, 2018
Genres: New Adult, Romance
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From the #1 New York Times- and USA Today-bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach and The Vincent Boys series, Abbi Glines delivers another smoldering, compulsively readable YA romance with As She Fades.
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.
I love New Adult romance, so I was looking forward to reviewing this one. It feels like it falls closer to the young adult side, as it is a little more tame than I like NA to be, but everything does take place after high school senior year, so at least we are at college with Vale and the gang. Typically this is the part where I would tell you if you want info about the book, then read the synopsis, but there is a part of it that is completely misleading. So lets say this book is about Vale, who’s longtime boyfriend is in a coma after a car accident. During her time waiting for him in the hospital, she meets Slate, and a friendship slowly forms, and continues to grow as she leaves home for college with Crawford still in a coma. Vale has to face the trails and tribulations of discovering who she is and the future she wants. There. A quick, vague-ish summary. Moving on.
Vale is hard as hell to like at first, because of the way every sentence and every movement she made and breath she took was about Crawford. I was sick of it so fast. When she finally decided to leave for college, I couldn’t have been more grateful for the change of story. I enjoyed her meeting new people, making friends, growing closer with Slate, and I was so wrapped up in that lovely story (however typical it may be) that I was legitimately surprised when I was hit with the PLOT TWIST.
I am one to look ahead in books. I am usually expecting something, not often too surprised. But this twist deviated away from what the logical next step in the story would have been. So, for a change, I was caught off guard! For those of you desperate to know, read here….. View Spoiler »I assumed Part 2 of the story would leave to Crawford waking up after she had started seeing Slate… but nooooo. Turns out VALE IS THE ONE IN A COMA. Whhaaattttt??? Yes. Vale. The situation was basically reversed between Vale and Crawford. « Hide Spoiler.
Okay so as interesting as the plot twist is, I feel like the rest of the book went downhill. It seemed rushed. I didn’t get any kind of good reason or explanation about the plot twist… there just had to be more. So many things just get left kind of unexplained, which doesn’t make for a fulfilling story for me. It seemed like all the effort and heart was put into Part One of the book. Yes, it was sweet. Vale grew, became her own person, there was some sadness, and happiness…. so even though we had emotional moments and growth, there was just some things missing for me. For example, if you read the above spoiler,… View Spoiler »Why or how did Vale have this whole dream world created about Slate while in a come? Yes, he read to her. But what caused that specific scenario? Was he reading romance? Like, I just need more explanation. « Hide Spoiler. I expected things to get more interesting, but slowly it started to seem like the shock value was there just to be that – shock value – with no real reason or to move the story forward.
The book is still likable, and I think this is a great, easy, YA/NA read. The end was just a bit lackluster for me.
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