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3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  2,264 Ratings  ·  206 Reviews
Paul Moreaux, the thirteen-year-old son of French Canadian immigrants, inherits the ability to become invisible, but this power soon leads to death and destruction.
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published October 1st 1988 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Sep 07, 2008 Alisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As someone who wasn't IN LOVE with Cormier's book The Chocolate War as many others, I was simply blown away by FADE. A perfect example of magical realism - the real world here is painstakingly detailed, rendered so beautifully and realistically that when the magic is sprinkled in it, too, seems completely and utterly real. Plus, this is the type of book with writing that was so beautiful, a narrative voice so striking that I would find myself going back and reading passages over and over again, ...more
Asghar Abbas
Nov 29, 2015 Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Weird, but so so good.

Makes you doubt, but not before making you believe in it, in all of it. One of the best books I ever read back in the April of 2006. San Jose was great. Now Norway.

Because you know, who hasn't wished to be invisible at some point in their lives? Even though, invisible is how most people feel because of Others.

I would like to get away from everyone else. I'd fade away but I won't disappear.
May 15, 2013 Eleanor rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa-ya

Correspondingly, not sure if this book is a work of genius... or a really awkward literary sandwich consisting of a slow moving coming-of-age first half and a ridiculous super-fast, quiveringly violent second half smooshed together with post-modern central filling where the author pauses to dissect and analyse the meaning of the first half of the novel (I'm so serious my face has gone stiff)

I loved The Chocolate War, Beyond the Chocolate War and I am the Cheese and Robert Cormier to bits genera
Jason P
Apr 07, 2013 Jason P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jason by: Deale Hutton
A friend recommended this to me a while back and (surprise surprise), I put it off as is one to do with a large stack of books. Finally I acquired Fade from the local book store and after just finishing it, I am happy to say that it was an interestingly fun, at time perverse, read.

The character of Paul Moreaux is a complicated one; young and very imaginative, Paul writes about his life growing up in Frenchtown. His thoughts and feelings submerse the reader into a 'faded' vision of what Paul is a
Jan 15, 2008 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Knowing nothing about it, somehow I ended up with this book to report on for a high school English class. Needless to say, I didn't report on all of it, as there are some pretty adult themes. I found the concept (boy that can turn invisible but must deal with the consequences of his gift) interesting and would like to reread this one sometime with a more mature perspective.
May 05, 2010 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paul can Fade.

One second, he's there, the next he isn't. Just like that.

At first, he's thrilled: we've all wished we had the ability to vanish from sight, spy on our friends and family (if you say you don't, your a liar). He now has the opprotunity to observe his Aunt Rosanna, attractive and proud of it. He can watch the people in his town behind closed doors, discover who they really are without risking being caught. Every teenage boy's dream, right?

But then, as time goes on and more and more d
Mar 13, 2015 MATT ABHOLD rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Fade” by Robert Cormier was a tremendously written book about a small town boy who discovered he has a superpower. Paul had a gift that only certain people in his family had attained. When he wanted to, and sometimes when he doesn't, he becomes invisible.

Paul Moreaux, a thirteen year old boy from Frenchtown, Massachusetts, was just like any other. Paul went to school, did his chores, played games with friends, and loved his family. But Paul was different in the aspect that he had a power. I wou
Apr 13, 2012 Johnny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
When a book’s cover likens it to a hybrid between Catcher in the Rye and H. G. Wells’ The Invisible Man, it sets high expectations. In the first third of Fade, I felt like a more apt comparison would have been Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers (part of his semi-biographical Brighton Beach trilogy) or Woody Allen’s Radio Days bred with Wells’ infamous Dr. Griffin. Indeed, the Wells’ influence is undeniable. Indeed, if one leaves out the famous “meat” scene from Portnoy’s Complaint, Fade bears resembla ...more
Jan 17, 2011 Natalie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-ed
Paul Moreaux, a thirteen year old boy living in Frenchtown, has an exciting summer in 1938. His Aunt Rosanna returns for a visit, his Uncle Adelard shows up, unannounced as always. These two were always the topic of interest in their family, never staying long and afterwards Rosanna would lose all touch with the family and he would never see her graceful figure or smell her enticing perfume again. During such a difficult time, Paul struggles with the events of bullying, financial hardships in hi ...more
Cory Dorn
Nov 12, 2014 Cory Dorn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book "Fade" by Robert Cormier was very interesting, because it changes narrator with each paragraph. I had to keep track or I would get mixed up with the different characters. The book Fade first starts off with Paul. At first Paul feels very powerful with his ability to spy on people around him. After having this power to fade for awhile it begins to wear on him. He is my favorite in this book. Especially at the end when he fights his nephew, Ozzie. Ozzie tries to kill him and they both en ...more
Logan Erdmann
Nov 14, 2013 Logan Erdmann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It starts off with a young man, Paul, who realizes he has the power to become invisible. He calls it being able to fade. Paul at first is empowered by being able to spy on the ones around him. He startled and actually horrified by what he finds out. Paul uses the power and kills a very powerful and crooked man of the community. The power also begins to drag on him as he gets older and you can see that it is actually killing him.

The main characters are Paul Moreaux, the
Rose Haertl
Jan 08, 2015 Rose Haertl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paul Moreaux is a young boy living in the small town of Monument, right outside of Boston. He discovers that he can use a special ability called, "The Fade" which allows him to become invisible. This ability has been passed down from generation to generation, and Paul was the special "chosen" one to handle this prize. First a little scared, then thrilled with the possibilities of invisibility, Paul experiments with his "gift". This ability shows him things that he should not see. His power soon ...more
Aug 13, 2015 Nolan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nls-audio
Paul Moreaux is 13 when he first notices that cold sensation come over him. It happens during a family photo. Not long after that, when he's about to get beaten badly by neighborhood boys, that sensation happens again, and he somehow finds himself liberated from what he thinks will be an inevitable beating.

Paul's uncle, a rather infrequent visitor to the family. eventually comes to town to seek Paul out and tell him of a family inheritance that seems to travel genetically from uncle to nephew. P
Sep 25, 2012 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If we were just talking about the first half, this would be a five-star rating. Everything from the main character's childhood is absolutely riveting - the descriptions of his town, his family, the introduction of his gift/curse, and all of its unexpected consequences. There were numerous instances where I was caught completely off guard and my jaw literally dropped.

Cormier's style is so infectious. Dense, but somehow still breezy. He really puts you in Paul's shoes. This is a story that delive
Jan 28, 2010 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I remember finding this book in my high school library and being thoroughly scandalized by how much graphic, kinky sex there was in it. Scandalized and titillated, naturally- I was a teenager after all. If I recall correctly, I took it without checking it out, with the halfassed justification that they would never keep it there if they knew what was in it. I... don't remember if I ever put it back. I might have. Unlike the copy of Nobody, Nowhere that I still have 20 years later. Ditto for Dream ...more
Izzy Corbo
Sep 23, 2016 Izzy Corbo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this as a Robert Cormier collection from Ebay, which included some of his more famous books such as : I am the Cheese and the Chocolate War. I had never heard of this book and was pleasantly surprised at how good this novel was. Read this in about 4-5 hours and the last 1-2 hours were a nail biter. Great psychological-horror fiction with a twist of sci-fi. Stephen King has a gushing blurb on the front cover of how great he thought this novel was and I honestly believe he was sincere! I ...more
Rosa Li
Jan 05, 2013 Rosa Li rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Speaking on a rather childish level, the book is horrifying and traumatizing at the end.
However I have to admit that everything in the book is the reality; the ugliness of this world and humanity that we often chose not to see. Cormier added the component of magic, or power into the story that truly manifests... everything.
I cried very hard when Bernard died; my jaw dropped every time Paul talked about sex so frantically; I winced and my face churned whenever another uncontrollable "sin" is com
May 23, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book takes place in the summer of 1938 where a young boy named Paul finds out that he has this inherited ability to turn invisible. Paul has a lot of fun discovering the possibilities of things he can do while he is invisible. It all seems fun until he does some horrible things that cannot be undone no matter how much he wishes they could. I thought this was a really good book. I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Robert Cormier, or who likes a surprise ending because I never saw ...more
James Hoch
Apr 11, 2013 James Hoch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Fade" was my second Cormier book that I read. When I started reading the first pages of the book I thought it was going to be boring, but I was completely wrong. "Fade" is about a young boy named Paul who inherits the ability to render himself invisible. He learns that the power he posseses isn't what it seems. "Fade" was very exciting and kept me guessing what was going to happen next. I would reccommend this book to teenagers who like mystery books.
Camille Siddartha
Read this when I was 14 and read it again a year ago...This book needs to be read for those who like the idea of this and the suspense of what he finds out when he is in the fade...The evil he finds and how he has to deal with his nephew in the end...
Aug 21, 2008 Katherine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I just couldn't get into this book. I skimmed through most of it. It was very well written, don't get me wrong but the book just kind of switched, in a sense, in the middle of the book. It's like the book took on a new goal or purpose.
Although this book is definitely not for children (I'd say 13+, for incest, sex, and a whole lot of alienation), it's really excellent and interesting and made me think. I'd say Cormier's best book is I Am the Cheese, but this one comes in a close second.
Sep 18, 2013 Rina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is quite disturbing to a certain extent but an accurate reflection of real life. Paul's innocence fades as reality reveals itself in this coming-of-age novel that will have you turning the pages until dawn. "Fade" is Intriguing, captivating, and weird (in a good way)
Mar 28, 2015 Dustin marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror

"Imagine what might happen if Holden Caufield stepped into H. G. Wells The Invisible Man, and you'll have an idea how good Fade is. . . . I was absolutely riveted." --Stephen King
Chris Griffith
Kept me riveted, wondering what was going to happen next. The problem? Nothing ever did (happen).
Robert Beveridge
Robert Cormier, Fade (Delacorte, 1988)
[originally posted 26Jan2000]

First, the prurience issue.

Some fool-- and hopefully it's only one fool making noise-- wants to yank this book off the shelves in northern Joisey. Why? Because it's SEXUALLY EXPLICIT. (One wonders if those same shelves have V. C. Andrews' novels, and whether said fool has ever "flipped through" those.) A sexually explicit coming-of-age novel from the eighties. Who'd'a thunk it? And when it comes right down to it, if you really th
I think I just found my next Salinger. No kidding–Reading the haunting account of Paul Moreaux, the main protagonist of Robert Cormier’s 1988 novel, Fade, feels like bumping into Holden Caulfield again in another place and time. Think Catcher in the Rye with superpowers. Served with a playful dash of fantasy, the book ironically brings dark realities to life with its stunning pace and twists. This book is utter brilliance from cover to cover. Trust me, even Stephen King says so.

I devoured the na
Kyle Smith
Jan 20, 2012 Kyle Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Tiffany Pyne
Feb 21, 2017 Tiffany Pyne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fade by Robert Cormier is about a thirteen year old named Paul Moreaux who can discovers he has the ability to “fade” or in other words, become invisible. This power was passed down to him from his uncle. Soon after he discovers his power, he begins to regret ever putting it to use. When he uses his fading power to spy on those he loved, he finds out some of his friends and families deepest darkest secrets that he wishes he could unsee.

Throughout the story the reader is presented with numerous
Jul 08, 2010 Josiah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Expect the unexpected when it comes to the stories of Robert Cormier. No one knows how to rip the cover off the traditional novel any better than he does, and it always seems that at least one or two major bombshells await in each of his books.

Fade is the longest Cormier book I've read (three hundred ten pages in hardcover), which seems to suit the story's style well. The plot isn't dotted with lit sticks of literary dynamite that threaten to blow the reader away with the raw intensity of revel
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Robert Edmund Cormier (January 17, 1925–November 2, 2000) was an American author, columnist and reporter, known for his deeply pessimistic, downbeat literature. His most popular works include I Am the Cheese, After the First Death, We All Fall Down and The Chocolate War, all of which have won awards. The Chocolate War was challenged in multiple libraries. His books often are concerned with themes ...more
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