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Fade to Blue – Sean Beaudoin

“The place was packed. I was in a lounge chair, Herb lay sprawled on the crusty cement, and Lake was wheeled between us, adjusting her tire pressure with little pfft, pfft sounds. In the parking lot, minivans pulled up in rows, disgorging knock-knees and beach towels and sloshy coolers.”
Sophie Blue started wearing a black skirt and Midnight Noir lipstick on her last birthday. It was also the day her father disappeared. Or spontaneously combusted. Which is sort of bad timing, since a Popsicle truck with tinted windows has started circling the house.
Kenny Fade is a basketball god. His sneakers cost more than his Jeep. He’s the guy all the ladies (and their mommas) want. Bad.
Sophie Blue and Kenny Fade don’t have a thing in common. Aside from being reasonably sure they’re losing their minds.
Acclaimed author Sean Beaudoin’s wildly innovative novel combines uproarious humor with enough plot twists to fill a tube sock. Part thriller, part darkly comic philosophical discussion, and accompanied by a comic book interstitial, Fade to Blue is a whip-smart romp that keeps readers guessing until the last paragraph.
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In all honesty this review is going to be a strange one. That’s because Fade to Blue was a strange book. I can’t tell you what happened. I could tell you my theories but that would give the entire plot away so I can’t really tell you those either.
Fade to Blue was a complete and utter mind screw; from the very minute I started to the vvery last word. There seems to be no answers and lots of questions. Sophie is a messed up character and as you get everything from her point of view and she doesn’t know what’s going on the reader probably has no chance!
It’s strange though because although I had no idea what happened, what was real; what was in Sophie’s head and what wasn’t. I still actually kinda enjoyed the book. I honestly believe that everyone should have a good mind screw once in a while, that’s why Donnie Darko is such an awesome movie! So yeah, I did enjoy it and I THINK I know what happened but it’s a library book and I’m pretty sure I’d have to read it again to work out if I’m right and its due back in a day so yeah… maybe I’m never gunna know!
Fade to Blue was funny and was really intriguing. If you like humour and don’t mind it when things are left a bit “what the hell just happened” then you’ll probably enjoy the book. Sophie is a fun character, Kenny’s situation is hilarious at times and freaky at others and other characters are very intriguing. That’s definitely one word that sums up this entire book actually; intriguing!
I did enjoy Fade to Blue and I will be honest with you, I only picked it up because of the awesome cover. I enjoyed the characters and the suspense and mind screw that it gives off. I enjoyed the comic book in the middle of the story and I enjoyed the idea. However I didnt really enjoy the authors writing all that much… It was above average but some bits didnt seem to flow and the timeline seemed a bit weird (I’m fairly sure the book is set in 1998 but it makes reference to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie adopting kids and Im pretty sure they didnt even get together til 2005!) But yeah the writing thing might have been part of the mind screw so thats explained… Anyway it was an interesting read!
Fade to Blue was published in 2009 by Little Brown. My copy was loaned from my local library.

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