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3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,121 Ratings  ·  193 Reviews
IT IS THE summer of 1938 when young Paul Moreaux discovers he can “fade.” First bewildered, then thrilled with the power of invisibility, Paul experiments. But his “gift” soon shows him shocking secrets and drives him toward a chilling act.

“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. .
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 14th 2004 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published October 1st 1988)
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Sep 07, 2008 Alisa rated it it was amazing
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
May 21, 2013 Eleanor rated it it was ok
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
Mar 20, 2016 Jason P rated it really liked it
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
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.
Asghar Abbas
Jan 19, 2016 Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing

Weird, but so so good.

Makes you doubt but not before making you believe in it, in all of it.
May 05, 2010 Danielle rated it it was amazing
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 24, 2015 MATT ABHOLD rated it really liked it
“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
Rose Haertl
Jan 16, 2015 Rose Haertl rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 16, 2016 Nolan rated it it was ok
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
Cory Dorn
Jan 13, 2015 Cory Dorn rated it really liked it
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
Mar 08, 2011 Natalie rated it did not like it
Shelves: 21-30
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
Apr 13, 2012 Johnny rated it really liked it
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
Sep 25, 2012 Christopher rated it really liked it
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
Logan Erdmann
Nov 18, 2013 Logan Erdmann rated it really liked it
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
Apr 19, 2014 Dave rated it liked it
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
Rosa Li
Jan 05, 2013 Rosa Li rated it really liked it
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
Gautama Siddartha
Feb 18, 2016 Gautama Siddartha rated it it was amazing
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...
Mar 28, 2015 Dustin marked it as to-read
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
May 23, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it
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
Kishon Carter
Feb 19, 2016 Kishon Carter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: deuce
"Fade" by Robert Cormier is a fiction novel about a young boy who goes through things that a normal 13 year old would. First, he claims that he is in love with his aunt because he thinks she is very beautiful. Also, his uncle somehow disappears in pictures that he was SUPPOSED to be in. This is very confusing to the main character because he thinks that his uncle is just playing a prank on him and every one else in the picture, but he actually isn't. The main character finds out that his uncle i ...more
Sep 30, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it
I read this ages ago, as a middle schooler, I think, and remembered bits and pieces of it enough to be shocked my parents let me read it. As it turned out, I only remembered the juicier bits in the first 1/3 of the novel, and not the 2/3 of the novel that are more interesting to me as an adult.

The story begins with a young man who discovers how to "fade," or disappear, and how this power affects him, in part due to the fade itself, and in part due to things he discovers while fading (many of wh
3.5 stars
What an interesting story. Alternating between two timelines, 'present day' and the time when Paul was alive. Told from three POVs, Paul, Susan, and Ozzie. In Paul's part, this book read like a diary and use first pov which makes it feels personal.
This book is disturbing and inappropriate at times, especially in Paul's chapters. Basically this book shows how an extraordinary ability can affect someone's life in a negative way. In this case, Paul and Ozzie with their fade ability. Most o
James Hoch
May 24, 2013 James Hoch rated it it was amazing
"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.
Jun 28, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
This is the kind of "what if" story that intrigues with both the melding of real-life depictions and the fantastic (a childhood during the depression and the fade phenomenon), as well as a nostalgic homage to Wells' "Invisible Man." I'd never read any other Cormier before this one and found the style and theme smooth and entertaining. What I didn't like was the ending. It seemed unfinished, as if Cormier got side tracked with other things and just brought this train to a halt ten miles before th ...more
Aug 31, 2014 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)
Sep 13, 2007 Cinco rated it it was amazing
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.
Sarah Duffy
Nov 01, 2015 Sarah Duffy rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-1-12-reviews
'Fade' is the whirling story of Paul who suddenly discovers he has a gift that allows him to become invisible. At first bewildered by his 'gift' he realizes it's quite a bit of fun using it for whatever he wants. Unfortunately after playing with it for a while he begins to run into things he shouldn't be seeing. He witnesses certain events that turn him cold. He eventually commits an act that is so unforgivable he can't just let it go.

This novel is a serious page turner. The entire time you're
Chris Griffith
Aug 10, 2013 Chris Griffith rated it it was ok
Kept me riveted, wondering what was going to happen next. The problem? Nothing ever did (happen).
Aug 19, 2014 Dani rated it it was ok
This book was a strange mixture of fictional history and fantasy. However, the book was slow, and it was so focused on building its characters that I had thought the author must be trying to portray some kind of theme or idea through the actions of these characters however, there wasn't any circumstance where I felt connected to any of the characters in this book. Neither was there a message, atleast not one that I could discern.

It was a strange and sad book. It had strong depictions of the har
Jul 22, 2010 Josiah rated it liked it
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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