Hi All! It’s Becky, again. I just finished reading Fade to Us by Julia Day and I was surprised by this quiet story. Here are my thoughts:
Title: Fade to Us
Author: Julia Day
Summary: Brooke had her summer all planned. She had a day job all lined up and her nights and weekends were going to be dedicated to hanging out with her friends. However, Brooke’s summer changed when her new stepsister, Natalie, comes to stay. Natalie has Asperger’s and she needs special attention. Suddenly, Brooke has to change her life to fit Natalie’s needs. Brooke gives up her job to become a volunteer at the drama camp Natalie is attending and begins to drift away from her friends. Brooke’s life has changed but as the summer passes she realizes that she may have found what she always wanted including a dad, a sister, and a possible love in her co-worker, Micah.
Review: Day has written a book about autism without writing an “Autism Book”. Day wrote a book about a teen girl trying to find a family that just happened to included a sister with Asperger’s. Brooke’s journey does teach empathy for those who are on the autism spectrum but it also highlights the emotional journey involved in merging two families to create a new family. This is a book about gaining a father, a sister, and all the emotional ups and downs that come with that. Brooke’s story is a quiet kind of story but it pack an emotional punch. At the most basic level this book is about family and illustrates how all families are different.
Final Rating: 3 out of 5