Genres: Young Adult
Also by this author: Fallen Too Far, Never Too Far, Forever Too Far, Take a Chance, One More Chance, Up in Flames
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.
As She Fades is YA at its finest!!! There is teenage angst, plot twists, and more teenage angst. I don’t read a lot of YA because I teach high school students. I live teenage angst on the daily, so sometimes reading it is just too much like work! But, when its written by Abbi Glines, I can’t pass it up. I got totally sucked into her Rosemary Beach series; As She Fades has a totally different, but equally engaging vibe!
I am really excited to share this book with my students honestly. It starts with a young couple, Vale and Crawford, who have just graduated and have their lives planned. They are off to college together and couldn’t be happier! Then, there is an accident, a coma, and some life changing decisions. Thrown in to this mix is another guy, Slate, who plays a major role in the story. However, I don’t really think of this as a love triangle….are you curious yet?!? I’m not going to tell you any more because spoilers. This really is a story you have experience without spoilers. I will say this-if you like coming of age stories about first loves and how they last, As She Fades should be your next read!
As She Fades is perfect for my students! As they approach graduation, they think they have their lives planned out. Vale and Crawford’s story shows us that sometimes, even the most solid plans, can crack. These characters had to adapt and change, which is what growing up is all about! I did shed a few tears, and shared a few passages with some of my students who also cried. They cannot wait to get their hands on this book!
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry, When its Real by Erin Watt …then you will probably like As She Fades!