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Fade into You

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  165 ratings  ·  22 reviews
A portrait of a young girl in the glorious wasteland of 1990s Los Angeles, Fade Into You recalls the hormonal haze and urgency of adolescence.

High school junior Nikki Darling alternates between cutting class and getting high, falling into drugs, crushes, and counterculture to figure out how she fits into the world. Running increasingly wild with other angst-ridden
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by The Feminist Press
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Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Very tight and poetic sentences make the voice of this book pretty enthralling. Honestly not a lot happens but it moves really quick, which is sort of like high school. The setting is wrought with care, and love, and it is a total immersion into the narrator's perspective. After I finished I wondered what I would've thought about the narrator if I had read this 10 years ago. My experience reading this was weird. I loved the poetry that came with the narrator's voice. There is an awesome cast of ...more
Lisa Locascio
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hypnotically beautiful, fearless, and complex, this debut mines the rich vein of L.A. literature. It's a work in conversation with writers we associate with Los Angeles--Joan Didion, Eve Babitz, Francesca Lia Block--but wholly itself, and corrective on the failures of these authors, whose work, for all its power, often championed a pale, anorexic idea of L.A. beauty. Darling's novel succeeds in capturing the minutiae of a young woman's junior year at an arts magnet high school--a whir of 90s ...more
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Darlings long-awaited Fade into You is a nonfiction novel that follows high school junior Nikki Darling in 1990s Los Angeles as she cuts class to smoke up, hang with friends, drive the city, come into uncertain ambivalence about being a girl, a mixed-race girl, in the world. Nikki is a gem, and the book is deep-hearted and brimming with love for this time and place, these people: not nostalgic or wistful, really, but here and now, vividlyeach detail-packed sentence sings. ...more
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fade into You is a slice-of-life novel about a mixed-race (Mexican and Anglo) high schooler in LA in the 90s. Even though it has the rote conventions one expects in a coming-of-age novel, it parallels my own high school experience so closely that I cant help loving this book. I imagine that your own reaction to this novel will similarly depend on how much of yourself you see in Nikki Darlings fictionalized version of her teen self.

What sets this book apart from other novels about angsty teens is
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-books, fiction
visceral and evocative, short and sweet
Mar 21, 2019 rated it liked it
A poetic slice of life storytelling of a biracial ,Latinx, teenage girl growing up in L.A. in the 90's, "Fade Into You" was a really nostalgic read. Nikki Darling attends the LA High School of the Arts, while trying to manage her fragile home, family, school, and friend life. I loved and smiled at the 90's references -particular to LA/Socal - including KROQ, Power 106, Melrose, Disneyland, Aardvark's - plus a whole bunch of other references like Heathers and Tori Amos and Garbage Pail Kids that ...more
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen, bildungsroman
I had high hopes for this semiautobiographical novel set in LA in the late 1990s, as I've been reading a bunch of queer and indie fiction set in this same time period & really enjoying it. However this one was a bit of a struggle for me. I think the author did an excellent job portraying teenage angst and aimlessness, and how easy it is to lose yourself and lose sight of a future beyond high school if you fall too deeply into a certain scene. But it didn't really shed any new light on that ...more
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Real Nikkis fictional memoir about teenaged Nikki

This novel fits loosely into the troubled teenager category of stories, featuring a high school girl named Nikki who is and is not the author. She gets high a lot in the book. (Lets do a bowl.) She has friends who are just as troubled as she is, or maybe more. These moments of her life follow the random, often self-destructive paths that these sorts of characters (people?) take, but none of it ever gets particularly interesting.
Forest Juziuk
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Super fun read although some of the sexual character dynamics felt trope-y at times. After reading an interview with Darling, I realized I didn't pick up on some of the things she was putting across (ie main character as a chameleon) which made me want to read it again. On the other hand, I thought it was great as a young addict's tale (before things get REAL bad) and LOL'd really hard at the "Chanel" bit.
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mi-gente
This is like a solid 3.5 stars. I just feel like I need to reread it but I really enjoyed the honesty of this book. There wasn't anything that was left off the table. Darling explored multiple experiences of that being a biracial Hispanic youth is like. This was raw, gritty, gross and real. I really enjoyed it.
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bookshelf
The prose and stream of consciousness alone makes this book worth reading. Nikki isnt the most reliable narrator. For some time, her name is barely mentioned. There were moments I did not understand the scene. However, I believe it is a part of the character development. ...more
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very sharp look at teenage life in LA. Nikki is a talented but unmoored biracial 15-year old trying to navigate her sexuality, drugs, school and family.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
LA teenager who ditches a prestigious school a lot.
Heather Dunlop
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
PERFECT - kind wish it was longer or there was a series about Nikki. Its like YA for punk girls ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sometimes laggy and redundant, but the specificity of 90s LA references made this really fun, and the rough poetry of teenage angst from that era was so familiar I couldnt look away. ...more
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stunning, dreamy, lyrical, visceral.
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
I really enjoyed this book. Felt like I should go back to the beginning and reread it when I finished it. The author's style of writing is beautiful and the story itself is moving.
Felicia Heykoop
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Like Play It as It Lays meets Perks of Being a Wallflower.
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: in-the-margins
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teenage, la
Why do I love rebel teen stories so much? This one really struck a chord.
Morgan Thomas
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Initially, it took me a while to get into the writing style of this book. But eventually I did. I found it poetic, even though I wasn't sure if sometimes it felt like too much was wasted on this bleak world. But it worked and I liked it

And truth be told, for the most part that's all I liked. Because eventually we met Dan who's blatant misogyny not only got me really angry but showed me how awful the main character is. I know that no character is perfect and sometimes they do things and are
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Seriously, it took me reading this book twice to realize its one of my all time favorites. Its so uniquely written in such a beautiful and poetic way, and can be extremely relatable at times. The story line is perfect! It takes reading it thoroughly and carefully to fully grasp the plot, but thats what makes it more special in my opinion. It really is unlike anything Ive ever read before! Cant wait to read more of Nikkis work! Shes an amazing writer- one of the best in my opinion ...more
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