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Fade to Us

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  227 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Fade To Us is a story about found families, the bond of sisterhood, and the agony and awe of first love.

Brooke’s summer is going to be EPIC--having fun with her friends and a job that lets her buy a car. Then her new stepfather announces his daughter is moving in. Brooke has always longed for a sibling, so she’s excited about spending more time with her stepsister. But she
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Published February 6th 2018 by Wednesday Books
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Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
As much as I really wanted to love this book it kind of fell short for me.

First, I do have to mention that I love that they included a character who has Asperger's Syndrome. I think it's important to include diverse characters as well as show how their lives can be different in addition to how it can impact their families. I understand whether a person has Asperger's or not, everybody lives differently. But I think when it comes to a syndrome or disorder, awareness and discussions are key. This
Sabrina Jeffries
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As the parent of an adult on the autism spectrum, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's true to the realities of having a family member with even high-functioning autism, yet it also talks sensitively about not only the disability but the joys and difficulties of blended families. It made me tear up near the end! Also, the romance is very sweet (it's a YA, so no explicit sex). All in all, a delightful book.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I have to be honest, Fade to us isn't my typical choice of book. I've read The Possibility of Somewhere by Julia Day and really enjoyed it, so when this came up I was intrigued.

Fade to us is more about adjustment than romance. Brooke has her summer planned out. She wants to save as much money as possible for a car. She has a few jobs lined up and a plan in hand. Natalie is her stepsister and lives with her mum. She has Aspergers and can be a challenge. Her mother becomes ill and Natalie needs a
Fafa's Book Corner
Mini review:

I received this e-arc via Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed the family aspect of this book! The play was fun to read about. But what really made this book was the relationship between Brooke, Natalie and their parents. Micah was alright. His relationship with both girls was done nicely.

Really loved Natalie! Would recommend.
Wit & Wonder Books
**Arc provided by author for an Honest Review**

Fade to Us by Julia Day is an angsty, teen novel that will have you laughing and crying both tears of joy and frustration for the main character.

Brooke had her whole summer planned out, a job at her best friend’s family business, time to spend with friends, and save for the car of her dreams with said job and friends by her side. That is until her step sister, Natalie shakes up those plans. Natalie is a special needs person, who sees the world in b
Meg - A Bookish Affair
"Fade to Us" is the story of Brooke, who just wants to have a good summer. When her stepsister comes to live with her family, Brooke is excited but doesn't know how to deal with Natalie's bluntness or outbursts that come from her Asperger's. She has a lot of learning to do but she's willing to do it even if that means changing her summer plans.

I really appreciated seeing a character like Natalie in this book. I believe that it is important to represent people from all walks of life, dealing wit
Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
*ARC provided by Wednesday Books in exchange for an honest review*
This was my second novel by Julia and I am sad to say that I didn't enjoy it as much as I did the first one. A lot had to do with the fact that it excluded a lot of vital (at least vital to me) details that would've enabled me to delve deeper into the characters and connect with them. The writing tended to skip around a lot.
I didn't really have a strong reaction where Brooke was concerned. I didn't like her, but I didn't hate her
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was provided an arc of Fade To Us in exchange for an honest review.

This is a book that I feel needs to be in the hands of ownvoice readers. Because I don't have Aspergers or don't have a relative with Aspergers, I can't comment on how realistic the rep was.

However, I do have a lot of thoughts on the other less important aspects of Fade To Us. I really enjoyed Brooke as a character, and I loved her relationship with her step-sister, Natalie. I thought the family relationships present in Fade
~Reading Rambler~
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fade to Us was a cute, quick, and satisfying to read.

I don’t think there was much I disliked about this book. But there are plenty of things that I loved!
I felt like this book is realistic in a few different ways. The relationship between Micah and Brooke was very . . . real. I don’t know any other way to describe it. They were honest with each other, they wanted to spend time together, they didn’t just want to make-out all the time.

In the beginning of the book, Brooke’s stepdad’s ex-wife needed
Stacy Fetters
Dec 22, 2017 rated it liked it
”I am distracted—- by you. It scares me. Not just how quickly life changed, but how much I wish the inevitable end weren’t so inevitable.”

Thank you, Wednesday Books!! If it weren’t for winning this book, I’m not sure I would have picked this one up. Theatre and me aren’t the best of friends but I was enthusiastic to give this a try.

At times it was heartfelt, touching, and even romantic and other times it was eye-rollingly painful.

Have you ever been introduced to a character, you delve into the
Sara Oxton
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fade to us by Julia Day a five-star read that won’t fade from your memory. This was my first read by this author and I really hope it won’t be my last, as a writer Julia Day showed us great compassion and honesty in her writing, where Brook could have been a spoilt 17 year old girl she gave up her summer to help her step sister, after growing up an only child it was clear why she would have wanted a step-sister but there is a twist to the story as her step sister Natalie is on the spectrum and h ...more
Leah B
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!
This was a very cute, short, read! The main character, Brooke has a stepsister with Asperger's, Natalie. Natalie is a character that you'll love and hate at the same time. She's incredibly honest, which can be both hilarious and obnoxious at the same time. Brooke is a very thoughtful and considerate character, who really wants to get to know Natalie better. Overall, Brooke is a pretty likable character, but there were some times where she annoyed me because she can feel very passive at
Sammy Allen
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fade to us is a phenomenal read! I loved the relationships between all the characters, and found them to be realistic. This novel gave me all the feels. When dealing with a special needs character, i believe Julia Day handled it with such respect and realness. This novel is so much more than a fluffy contemporary novel; it is filled with hardships, triumphs, and what it means to truly be a family. Such an amazon novel, would highly recommend!!
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fade to Us by Julia Day is a very interesting young adult book, that deals with family dynamics and teen romance. Brooke lives with her mom, and step-father and has her summer all planned out. She has a good job that will allow her to buy a car and have plenty of time to hang out with her friends, until things change. Natalie, Brook's step sister comes to live with them for the summer, which is an adjustment because Natalie has Asperger's. I really enjoyed this book, and it was interesting how t ...more
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Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I requested this book because my younger sister has Aspergers so I thought this would be the perfect book for me. My sister shares quite alot of similarities with Natalie so instantaneously I felt a connect with the book and her characters. Fade To Us had helped me understand Aspergers that little bit better understanding from my sister's perspective. 

I'm one of the closest people to my sister and we have so many common interest and so Natalie is kind of a special character to me. While I was r
Kelly Gunderman
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Fade to Us is a moving novel about family, first love, and what it means to be a great sister, even when circumstances make it difficult to be your best.

I went into Fade to Us wondering just how much I was going to enjoy it. While I have read a ton of novels that focus on theater, I can't say that I've ever been obsessive about it in my life, so sometimes I feel that I can't really rel
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes a change of plans can give your life a new direction. When 17-year-old Brooke Byers gives up her lucrative summer job at a fine jewelry store to volunteer at the drama camp her stepsister attends, she develops rewarding relationships and a passion for a new craft. Brooke’s sibling Natalie, who battles Asperger’s syndrome, bravely introduces Brooke to the excitement of theater as well as a cute stage manager. In FADE TO US, author Julia Day thoughtfully explores the challenges of blende ...more
Brooke Byers is a white 17 year-old who had planned to spend the summer raking in the cash at her new job. But that all changes when her step-sister Natalie comes to stay for the summer.

In some ways Brooke is excited for Natalie to come. She has been an only child her entire life, and has always wanted a sister. Now is her chance to have one and get closer with Natalie. The stress is because Natalie has Asperger’s Syndrome , which is a form of Autism which means that Natalie prefers things to h
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*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

This book was somewhat okay. It’s kinda actually between 2.5 and 3 stars. I loved Day’s The Possibility of Somewhere, so I wanted to read this one too. Unfortunately, it didn’t manage to meet my expectations.

Brooke had her whole summer planned out, working as much as possible so that she can finally buy her own car. But when her step-sister Natalie who suffer
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for providing me with an e-ARC to read and review.

I loved Fade to Us by Julia Day. It was such a fantastic read that I couldn’t put down for two whole days – it’s that compelling of a story.

I didn’t know much about Asperger’s before reading this and have no experience with people who do have it, but I feel more informed post-read. The way the author presents what it’s like for someone with Asberger’s and how it feels to live with/take care of someone wi
Rachel D.
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was really pleasantly surprised with Fade to Us. When I first picked it up, I was a little wary. I work in theatre production and knowing a big part of this book took place around a drama camp, I was afraid that any kind of inaccuracies might take me out of the story. However, it turned out to be a fairly accurate portrayal of theatre and highlighted it's importance to kids who find trouble fitting in. It's obvious that Julia Day either has experience in theatre or did a fabulous job researchi ...more
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(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

Brooke's summer is going to be EPIC— having fun with her friends and a job that lets her buy a car. Then her new stepfather announces his daughter is moving in. Brooke has always longed for a sibling, so she’s excited about spending more time with her stepsister. But she worries, too. Natalie has Asperger’s--and Brooke's not sure how to be the big sister that Natalie needs.
After Natalie joins a musical theater
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fade to Us by Julia Day is a young adult novel about Brooke Byers. Her life and summer plans of trying to earn money to save up for a car are turned upside down by her step-sister Natalie coming to live with them. Natalie has Asperger's and her mother is having health issues with depression and asks Natalie's father, Brooke's step-father, Jeff to care for her over the summer. There is a lot of tension and walking on eggshells around Natalie, due to her condition, and Brooke's suggestion that Nat ...more
Deidreanna Isak
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Fade to Us by Julia Day

3.75 / 5 🌟

My request on Netgalley was approved by the publisher, so thank you St. Martin's Press!

Last year while I was scrolling through 2018 new YA releases, this book caught my eye. I ended up requesting and got an approval while I was on my Harry Potter marathon. Since, it was an ARC that was coming out soon, I had to drop Harry Potter and read this instead.

And it definitely did not disappoint.

For the first half of the story, it felt natural. Everything was coming to
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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KayCee K
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
Fade to Us is swoony, family base, fast read that deals with mental health and sisterhood. Brooke had her summer planned out, but when her stepsister Natalie who has Asperger, it tuners her summer upside down. For me, I enjoy this story and characters. Books that deal with theater also are a joy to me because I love the backstage stuff and drama. My favorite part of this book it the relationship between Brooke and her stepsister Natalie. I don't want to give anything away from this boo
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
When Brooke's stepsister Natalie moves in, Brooke knows it's going to be an adjustment. Natalie has Asperger's and needs that little bit extra and Brooke wants to give it her all. Especially since she's longed for a sibling her whole life. Brooke finds herself spending more time doing events with Natalie and helping her adapt to her new setting as well.

After Natalie joins musical theater, Brooke takes the leap to be there for her and volunteer to be in the back stage crew. Here, she meets Micah.
Wednesday Books and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Fade to Us. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given.

Brooke Byers was sure she was going to have a great summer, until her stepfather announced that his daughter would be moving in temporarily. She likes Natalie, but Brooke is worried that the fact that her stepsister has Asperger's will get in the way of a true relationship between them. The difficulties that Natalie has with socialization a
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Julia Day lives in North Carolina USA (mid-way between the beaches and the mountains) along with two twenty-something daughters, one old husband, and too many computers.

When she’s not writing software or stories, Julia travels to faraway places, watches dance reality shows on TV, or reads another book from her endless To-Be-Read pile. Julia is proud to be an autism mom and a US military veteran.

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