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ARC Review: Fade Into the Bright by Jessica Koosed Etting and Alyssa Schwartz

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Genre : Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Date of Release: April 27th, 2021

“Everyone has a story. Deep down most people just want someone to listen to them talk about it.”

Plot : 4/5
Characters : 4/5
Writing : 4.5/5


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Five Feet Apart meets Tell Me Three Things in this YA contemporary novel about two sisters, one summer, and a diagnosis that changes everything.

Abby needs to escape a life that she no longer recognizes as her own. Her old life–the one where she was a high school volleyball star with a textbook-perfect future–has been ripped away. Abby and her sister, Brooke, have received a letter from their estranged dad informing them he has Huntington’s disease, a fatal, degenerative disorder that you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy. And when the sisters agree to genetic testing, one of them tests positive.

Fleeing to Catalina Island for the summer, Abby is relieved to be in a place where no one knows her tragic history. But when she meets aspiring documentary filmmaker Ben–tall, outdoorsy, easygoing, with eyes that don’t miss a thing–she’s thrown off her game. Ben’s the kind of guy who loves to figure out people’s stories. What if he learns hers?

As the synopsis suggests, one day Abby and her sister get to learn about an incurable disease. Since the disease is genetic, one of the sisters tests to be positive for the disease. As Abby realizes that her life is not the same anymore, she escapes to Catalina. She thinks that it will be the place where she will forget about her past and this horrible disease. However, her plans goes haywire when unexpectedly she makes wonderful friends and falls deep for an aspiring filmmaker. Then, she decides to live in moment and forget all about her past and the possible wrecked future. 

“If you stare at the ocean long enough, you can see inside your soul.”

The plot of the book is seriously one of the best I have come across so far. Considering the theme of the novel I was a bit hesitant before picking it up. However, all my doubts faded away as soon as I started the first chapter. I could not believe how well planned the plot was. It was engaging and interesting. 

The characters were portrayed to be flawed in their own special way and I loved that. Be it the main leads or the side characters, each of them had their own story and a meaningful part to play in the story.

“Because every fixer wants to be the hero of his own movie.”

The writing style of the authors was indeed remarkable. It was well balanced and pretty intriguing. The plot found a great voice through the writing style of the authors.    


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