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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  397 ratings  ·  110 reviews
Life echoes art in this sassy, heartwrenching coming-of-age story from the author of Imaginary Girls.

It’s summer and Dani Callanzano has been abandoned by everyone she knows. Her dad moved out, her mom is all preoccupied being broken-hearted, and her closest friend just moved away. Basically it’s the end of the world.

At least she has the Little Art, her favorite local arth...more
Paperback, Reprint edition, 288 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Simon Pulse (first published September 17th 2009)
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MAN, that cover is one of the best I have ever seen.

Dani Noir is so many things. The first of those things being a freaking spectacular book. An incredible debut. A new favourite. A forever favourite. Since I was lucky enough to get an early read on this one (!), I don't want to go into much--or rather, any--detail about the plot, so I'll confine my thoughts to how this awesome novel made me feel and how sharp and tight the writing was and then amend this review accordingly after it's released (...more
Dani is one of the most refreshingly REAL middle grade protagonists I've read in ages, and I say that as someone who reads middle grade daily for a living. It's like she's standing in front of you, telling you her story, just telling it like it is, as she reads. I want to give Dani a hug, the same way I always wanted to give Katherine Paterson's Gilly in THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS a hug -- not because I pity her, but just to let her know that I'm rooting for her. She's so totally unguarded, so unab...more
I said this initially and I will reiterate: I liked Dani Noir much better than Imaginary Girls if only for the fact that it's less abstract and more cohesive than the latter title. Dani Noir, in shades of melancholy and bewilderment, beautifully explores a girl's struggle to make sense of her parents' divorce. It exquisitely deconstructs the myriad of feelings of a child when she comprehends her father's betrayal. And how the consequences of this betrayal shapes her subsequently. I really liked...more
Aug 17, 2009 Betsy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Betsy by: Molly O'Neill
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Annika Barranti
Apr 21, 2009 Annika Barranti rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ages 9+ (including adults!)
Shelves: fiction, mg-ya
This is, hands-down, the best middle grade book I've read since I was *in* middle school. Nova is the next Paula Danziger!

Dani is the most REAL 13-year-old I've read since Marcy Lewis. Every word of this book is a work of art.
Steph Su
DANI NOIR is a powerfully entertaining and heartfelt middle-grade novel by a talented debut author to keep an eye out for. Dani is pitch-perfect and has ageless appeal, and it’s easy to connect with the issues she faces in this story.

The star of the novel is without a doubt Dani, who’s precocious with her interest in noir films, yet just self-centered enough in that way of preteens to be infuriating and endearing. She may remind you of your best and worst self in middle school—and if she doesn’t...more
I ended up enjoying this children's middle-grade novel once I realized that it wasn't really a mystery. Dani, the titular classic movie-lover (she worships Rita Hayworth) and amateur sleuth, spends the summer trying to figure out if Jackson, the older boy working at the movie theater in their small town, who Dani has connected with over old films, is cheating on his girlfriend. This matters not just because she likes Jackson and his girlfriend, but because Dani's still dealing (or not dealing) w...more
Dani's life is falling apart: since the divorce, her mother spends most of her time crying; Dani's best friend, Maya, moved away weeks ago and has yet to call; and Dani is being forced to spend a weekend with her father and his girlfriend. At least she has the solace of the Little Art, a one-screen movie theater in her small town that is showing only film noir reels this summer. When a glimpse of a girl in pink polka-dot tights makes Dani suspect that something sketchy is going on, she begins to...more
Dani loves film noir movies. Little Art plays those lovely black and white flicks, which is the only good thing in her middle-of-nowhere town. Dani wishes her life were more like the movies and less like the suck-fest it has become now that her parents are divorced. Then one day, a mystery presents itself and Dani is on the case. There's a girl in polka-dot tights and she knows she has to figure out who she is and what she's doing. There's deeper reasons why this mystery means so much to her, an...more
Chelsea Campbell
This book has an amazing voice. Thirteen-year-old Dani is funny and charming and always makes you feel like you're right there with her. Right away from the first line--"A slow fade-in on my life:"--her voice totally sucked me in, instantly feeling familiar and fun, like reading a letter from your best friend. I love how she compares her life to noir films while trying to cope with her parents' messy divorce. This book really captured what it feels like to be thirteen--every change that happens,...more
John Clark
We first meet thirteen year old Dani when she's sitting on the roof outside her bedroom window, checking her pink cellphone because it's the only spot she can get reception near her house. She's hoping her brother who is away at soccer camp will call so she can blow him off because he's been able to escape their little nowhere town in western New York and avoid not having anything to do but watch her mom continue her meltdown as a result of her dad moving out. Dad was cheating on her and now tha...more
Kat Heckenbach
I read this book back when it was called Dani Noir. It had a different cover -- an awesome one that so completely suited the story. This cover doesn't do it justice. I adored this book, the author's voice particularly. Dani is spunky, adventurous, snarky, fun. Nothing like this image.

Very glad I own an old copy with the original cover art.

But do yourself a favor and read the book anyway! :)
Ryan S.
"Dani Noir," created by Nova Ren Suma, is a realistic fictional and mystery book in which the main character, a thirteen-year-old girl named Dani Callanzano, sets out to solve the mystery of the girl in pink polka-dot tights at the Little Art theater. It all began when a student worker, Jackson, begins to act weird. He suddenly loses enthusiasm about his girlfriend, and Dani sets on the quest to find out why. She also meets her "ex-friend" but that may all change. In this book, a girl not only s...more
Monica Edinger
What a good book! What a very good book! And what a lovely surprise too. I knew nothing about it when a publicist asked me if I wanted an ARC. I said sure and am so glad I did. Review on my blog here.
I thought it was going to be a Nancy Drew Mystery- but had some Boyfriend troubles mixed in there. I really like the desciption and dialog and you can really relate to the charecters. 5 stars hands down.
Khalyia.jackson jackson
people in my class have read this book and they are saying its reallyy good so after i finish my book im reading now i will be reading this!
Dani Noir/Fade Out is about a girl who tries to deal with divorced parents and first (but unacknowledged) love against the backdrop of classic movies. As someone who swoons over Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn and diligently follows Suma’s blog, I was very excited for this book.

Overall I found the concept and characters interesting, but the pacing was off. It’s a Middle Grade novel, but it moved too slowly for the age group. The book starts with Dani sneaking out of the house before her divorc...more
After hearing such good things about Nova Ren Suma’s books I had high hopes for Fade Out. I’m sad to say that I was a bit disappointed with this one. The writing was good it was the story that really let me down but I won’t be giving up on Nova Ren Suma’s other books.

Fade Out is definitely a middle grade novel and I knew that going into it but I think I expected something a bit more mature than what I got. Dani is a very immature girl. She doesn’t have a very realistic outlook and she acts her a...more
Without any given context, Dani Noir is a nice standalone. The characters are well-drawn, the story is fairly good, and it's Nova Ren Suma, so the writing has a casual loveliness that I admire, and though it sounds younger here, that's excusable, because it's targeted at children, ages 9-14, according to my cover flap.

However, that's also part of the problem: I don't feel that it's really appealing to its target age group. I know that when I was 9-14 I probably wouldn't have picked it up, and i...more
I liked this book. It was a sweet story of a young girl maturing and beginning to look beyond herself. If you're like me tho, you will have been mislead by the summary. The summary makes it sound like a complete mystery story. It's not. I'm glad that's not all it was, because I think what it really was - was much better. Instead of it being only about Dani chasing around town looking for the mysterious girl in tights. Had it just been about that I would've never finished the book. What it's most...more
Told from the funny and imaginative point of view of thirteen-year-old Dani, Dani Noir is hands down the best middle grade novel that I have read in ages. Though it has been *cough* *cough* years since I was last in middle school, reading this novel brought back some interesting memories from that period in my life. Personally, I loved Dani as a character, but I did have a few minor bumps in the road with relating to her-- divorced parents vs. mine which are still married for example. However, I...more
This is the second book I've read of Nova Ren Suma's and still not a single gripe or complaint.
I really love her writing.
Dani Noir is supposed to be a children's book but I think it leans more toward Young Adult. It can be both. If it absolutely has to be classified as Juvenile, then I think it is more geared towards middle school kids. And very advanced elementary school students, I guess.
The book's main characters are a mix of middle school students and some high school students so there is...more
Dani Noir was fun read. Dani was this feisty, charming, bluntly honest, thirteen year old protagonist who was definitely the type of people who liked to 'take charge' of things and not wait for things to happen. She does seem quite dramatic at times but I suspect it's due to the fact that she loves watching movies and imagining herself in the movies. I quite liked her bubbly unique personality. Dani's anger and frustrations were understandable and so were her struggles. Her best friend moved awa...more
Brian Williams
Loved the old movie connections in this story. The book has as one of its strengths how it uses pop culture references and it does so better than most books I have read. A lot of writers could learn from how references are used in Dani Noir. I know I'm taking note. The references are not just thrown in, they are threaded into the soul of the story.
The lead character, Dani Callanzano is not the most likable young lady and that is actually how I like young lead characters because looking back, b...more
Michelle Delgado

This book took me back thirty years. That's a strange statement since this book is set in the 21st century with references to cell phones and the internet. However,as times change adolescence remains the same in many ways.It reminded me of what it's like to be a thirteen year old girl. Dani loves old black and white noir movies and has a vivid imagination. When she happens on a mystery of her own,she (in her own mind) becomes a noir heroine as she seeks to solve the mystery and protect a friend....more
Sandra Stiles
I have several students who would identify with some of Dani’s problems. The one problem that seemed to set the tone for this book was the fact that Dani’s parents are divorced, she lives with mom and is forced to spend some time with her father and his soon to be wife. She lives in a small town that is for all purposes, uninteresting. The most exciting thing for her is watching old movies in the old movie theater. She loves the old black and white films that feature her heroine Rita Hayworth. D...more
I loved this book. Author Nova Ren Suma has perfectly captured the sarcastic voice of 13-year-old Dani, who is struggling with her parent's divorce, and how quickly her dad is moving on with his life. Dani would prefer to spend the entire summer hiding in the tiny movie theater in her small town, but instead becomes entangled in a web of lies, mystery and deceit much like all of the Rita Hayworth movies she has been viewing.

What is that old expression - sarcasm is actually repressed hostility? I...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Cat for TeensReadToo.com

I was drawn to Nova Ren Suma's debut novel, DANI NOIR, the moment I caught sight of its title and attention-grabbing cover. Thanks to my love of pink, polka-dot tights and noir cinema, I found a new favorite author and another great addition for the keeper shelf.

Dani's having a rough summer dealing with the fallout of her parents' divorce. It's horrible watching her dad move on (and in) with his girlfriend, knowing her best friend has moved to a town more than...more
My pick this week is Dani Noir by Nova Ren Suma. This book is only a few years old (2009) but I never see this book mentioned that much. I was first drawn in by the cover and the name of the book. The cover deliciously illustrates the mood and tone of the book. It harkens back to old film noirs, which is what the book is also based on. This is truly a cover that fits the book and the themes within.

It's the summer between 7th and 8th grade and Dani lives in a small town in upstate New York. She i...more
Full disclosure: I picked this book up because the author, Nova Ren Suma, is a lovely person who I know from a forum and have met for coffee once. Generally, when browsing, I lean more towards scifi/fantasy (shock, I know), but I think I probably would have picked up Dani regardless, because the title is catchy, the cover is gorgeous, and the idea of a tween girl heroine who loves noir movies is awesome.

The book stands up. It’s very voice-y, and Dani is a great character. She’s interesting, but...more
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Nova grew up in small towns across the Hudson Valley and can currently be found in New York City and online at her blog distraction no. 99.

Nova Ren Suma has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and a BA in writing & photography from Antioch College, and has been awarded fiction fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Corporation of Yaddo, and, twice, from the MacDo...more
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