When They Fade

When They Fade

eBook - 2016
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In the tradition of The Lovely Bones comes a haunting tale of two girls--one dead, one alive. TATUM is the only person at school who knew the truth about the affair her best friend, Claudette, has been having with Mr. Paracini, their married teacher. And at the time, confiding in an adult seemed like the right thing to do. But now, everyone in town has turned against Tatum, painting her as a liar and a rat. As the bullying from her classmates escalates, it seems that nowhere is safe for her anymore. MOLLY, a hitchhiker, was brutally murdered in the early 1970s, but there is no afterlife for her. Instead, she has found herself marooned with a crowd of other people who have also died tragically. Molly is able to fade back to earth for a few fleeting moments, and when she fades, she finds herself hitchhiking once again, and telling the unsuspecting drivers who stop for her things about their future that only she can see. One foggy night, Tatum sneaks out for a drive. The teenage hitchhiker she picks up doesn't talk much, until she suddenly turns to Tatum and says: "You're going to die. It will hurt and you'll be alone. And no one will help you." And then she disappears. As the two girls' stories converge, Tatum and Molly will discover that they must first figure out how to help the other in order to save themselves.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2016.
ISBN: 9780385754156
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Jul 15, 2017

Everything is wrong with this book! I don't know if Jeyn Roberts lives on earth or not (and I don't really care to know) but she is sooo EXTRA!!! Firstly I had hard times dealing with the names, like seriously Tatum? Is that even a name? And the most funny name (and supposedly hot) is Barry Paracini, the hot teacher that the whole is school is in love with! Secondly I wasn't attached emotionally to any of the characters, not Tatum, Molly, or Mary and I think that's because of the unrealistic plot and the unrealistic situations that the characters are going through. Lastly, every single dialogue in the book was super funny and silly and I'm sure that the author didn't want to show it that way. The only reason I completed reading this book was my curiosity to know the end that actually wasn't worth it. I don't recommend this book to anyone and my rating is 2/10.
- @rahmamawlood of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Molly was brutally murdered in the early 1970s, she can fade back to earth for a while as a teenage hitchhiker who can see the future. When she meets Tatum, she sees Tatum will be brutally killed by a group of people. Molly feels that she needs to protect Tatum and so she finds a way with Parker to go back to earth anytime she wants. Tatum has a hard life. She told an adult that her best friend had an affair with a married teacher and once she does that, everything goes spiraling down. She's constantly bullied and everyone believes that Tatum is the one who liked the teacher. She got bullied for telling the truth and really harsh and disturbing things happen to her. It's really sad to read Tatum’s side of the story because she gets bullied for telling the truth and everyone is against her. She meets Molly and Molly wants to try and protect Tatum before anything happens. I really liked this book and it was sad at times. Bullying is something that's constantly happening and it’s sad to see it from a victim's point of view. Fortunately, the ending will leave you satisfied. I rate this book 5/5.
- @AquafinaAstro of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

When They Fade is told alternatively from the perspectives of two teenage girls – one of whom is alive and the other, dead. A great chunk of the story comes solely from flashbacks of Molly and Tatum’s lives, while the rest of it is composed of the girls’ attempts to help each other after their first encounter. To my dissatisfaction, I felt that the descriptions used for character and plot development are shallow. That being said, the emotions of characters do not connect intimately with the reader. The story is not very suspenseful and lacks in crucial elements that invoke an eerie atmosphere. Despite these lower sides, I found that the themes are important and applicable to life. Furthermore, the living and dead realms share a fairly interesting relationship. Overall, this story may not be an entertaining piece of literature, yet it can surely be read to pass time. Perhaps not a page turner like The Bodies We Wear, but not boring either.
- @VirtueofReading of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library


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