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Fade To White

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Thea Fentons life looks picture-perfect, but inside, she is falling apart. Wracked by anxiety no one seems to understand or care about, she resorts to self-harm to deflect the pain inside.

When a local teen commits suicide, Theas anxiety skyrockets. Unexplainable things happen, leaving her feeling trapped within her own chaotic mind. The lines between reality and another
Paperback, 230 pages
Published May 30th 2020 by IlluminateYA (an imprint of LPC Books)
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Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
FADE TO WHITE is a story that I needed to write for my own mental health. Five years ago, when I began typing out a scattered mess of words, I used my own experiences with anxiety as a starting point. For months, I couldnt leave home without a constricted heart, unsettled stomach and a duffle bag full of emergency supplies in the event of an impending natural disaster. Writing within the confines of my less fearful home seemed like a good alternative. It was safe. It made sense. Until, it didnt. ...more
Jes Drew
Mental health is a subject that is very dear to my heart, so finding a book that is so honest about it, is a breath of fresh air.

Our heroine knows she suffers from anxiety, but doesn't know what her white-outs are, and it scares her into tugging out her own hair- like most other things in her life. Her life seems so normal in its chaos- drama at school and even more drama at home- and it's easy to see why things are falling apart in her head even as the world seems to be falling apart around
Jul 18, 2020 added it
A thoughtful contemporary YA debut novel with a glimmer of the supernatural, this book tackles a number of tough, complicated teen issues without offering glib answers or quick fixes. Thea's self-deprecating internal monologue is enlivened by wry observations about her family and friends that add humour without losing the reader's sympathy, and her depression and anxiety are handled in a realistic and careful way. A good story about teen mental health issues and family conflicts that ...more
Susie Finkbeiner
Honest and vulnerable, Fade to White is a story that I keep thinking about. With a plot that keeps pages turning and a cast of characters who feel like friends, Ross has given us a pure and dignified look into the life of a teen who is facing her mental illness. Without a hint of exploitation or sensationalism this author has given her reader the gift of seeing Thea Fenton's humanity.
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I absolutely loved Fade to White and was quite annoyed that life was keeping me away from reading all day! This one is a page-turner.
Tara Ross has captured the struggle young adults go through with precision and compassion.
Grab a cup of tea and enjoy this one. I look forward to more from Tara Ross.

I received an advance reader copy from the publisher, my opinion is my own
Olivia Smit
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am HERE FOR books that deal honestly and sensitively with mental health! YES! I had the joy of reading an advance copy of FADE TO WHITE, and Im so pleased to say that Taras vivid writing caught me from the start.

I really appreciated the "inside look" at an experience of mental illness that doesn't get a lot of screen time (page time?). It is SO IMPORTANT for teens (and everyone, honestly!) to find themselves and their own experiences represented in fiction, and I'm so thankful for the way that
Angela Finnegan-Fulson
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Witty and intriguing, this novel follows the main character Thea as she faces and grapples with the symptoms, challenges and social stigma surrounding mental health and how that impacts her perceptions, relationships and self-image. The author masterfully interweaves serious social issues with emerging adolescent perspectives; keeping the individual characters and experiences authentic and engaging. A captivating read for those who are young adults or for those who enjoy exceptional writing that ...more
Yakira Goldsberry
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have such mixed feelings about this book!

Tara K. Ross did an amazing job. Thea was such a realistic character and I could really relate to her. I've had issues with anxiety for the past three years due to my dad's sudden death, followed by the death of my nephew and great aunt, all in the space of a year. So it was amazing having the pain I'm going through translated onto paper, having a character I can relate to. It was also amazing how Ross addressed such tough subjects in a kind and
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much.

Immediately, I was drawn into Thea's story, and her journey with anxiety. As someone who personally struggles with anxiety, I found myself understanding Thea and rooting for her. I would totally recommend this book to people who want a deep and heartfelt read.

Cannot wait to read more from this amazing author!
Linda Yezak
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Navigating the waters of adulthood as one who isn't quite an adult yet is hard enough, but when those who are supposed to help are too busy and self-absorbed, what's a girl to do?

Highly recommended YA story of how a young woman deals with stress and anxiety through self-harm.
Andrea Roberts
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This book was exactly what it was advertised as - a clean Christian YA read that deals with real life teenage issues (mental health & peer pressure & more)
The plot felt a tiny bit slow to start but I was still hooked within the first chapter. And its steadily picked up from there.
I did not predict anything that happened in this book; it surprised me and exceeded my expectations at every turn.
I loved Thea - she felt so relatable even though we
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, arc, ya
I have been eagerly waiting for this book and it was really good. I finished it in one day, it kept me up late at night. Fade to White is the debut novel of Tara K Ross. This book was just as good as I had hoped, it dealt with real problems but it gave you hope.
This book follows Thea, an everything girl who is just like you and me. Thea was different and yet she was a normal girl. She didnt always get along with her parents and she could be forgetful. She didnt feel like she quite fit in, she
Michaela Bush
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was quite the wild ride!  While it wasn't exactly what I was expecting after reading the synopsis, it was attention-grabbing from the start and it's easy to sympathize with the characters, especially Thea.  Written in the first-person POV, it almost feels like you're stepping into Thea's shoes, especially with some of the problems she experiences through the story.  It was a quick read for me - I read a bit more than the second half of it in one day.  Thea deals with a lot of problems ...more
Mary Martin
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had an opportunity to read an early version of this gem of a book. An honest and sensitive work to which many teens will relate. Contemporary issues are dealt with in a way that draws the reader in to the narrative. I see this author as one who will gain a following and teens will be waiting for her next story...and her next...and her next.
Hayley Green
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a gripping contemporary read that I couldn't put down! It felt fresh and had a beautiful message.
Hanne T
CONTENT WARNINGS: mentions of suicide | mentions, and descriptions of self-harm | mentions of depression | mentions of suggestive sexual comments

This was a really well written and thoughtful book! I know Tara from social media as a kind of friend of a friend, and her book is one of those books that just really make a difference in the mental health space, especially in the Christian realm.

I really like this story! Thea is not a perfect main character: she has flaws, and she has issues that are
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thea Fenton is someone I can relate to. Even though Im way older (and I mean way older) than she is. And although the level of anxiety she experiences pales in comparison to mine, the brightness/white lights that occur during her panic attacks are definitely something that happens when I panic too.

I love all the people in Thea's life, including all their quirks. They're so likeable and realistic. Supportive too. Whether or not they always understand her inner struggles. But Khi...he's one of my
Amy Renaud
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ebook of Fade To White after winning a giveaway hosted by amazing and super sweet Tara but this book had been close to my heart even before that.

Trigger warnings: suicide, suggestive sexual comments, self harm mentioned.

I read this in a review dedicated to FTW: "You cant get rid of mental illness by pretending it doesnt exist. It doesnt go away with a round of medicine and a day in bed. It ebbs and flows, and never really disappears. That doesnt mean you cant improve. Like most
Novel-Tea Reads
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This contemporary romance/slice of life release digs deep, asking questions about mental health, relationships, and faith in the midst of turmoil and chaos. A poignant read, this story asks you to think and reflect on your purpose in life, all the while using a dysfunctional family and budding romance as a backdrop to its deeper themes. Are you a fan of high school coming-of-age stories? Flawed characters? Edge-of-your-seat drama? Love triangles? Discussions on suicide and anxiety? Then this is ...more
Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-2020
Fade to White was an eye-opening read. I personally do not struggle often with anxiety, but I know people who do. Fade to White opened my eyes to what the people around me could be experiencing, and how it feels to fight some of those battles. I also love how Tara Ross approached the topic of anxiety and presented the hope that Jesus offers. Fade to White is a story that shows that even when things seem hopeless, there is always hope.

There are so many more things I love about this book (and
Sandy Ryerse
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon than reading this YA novel. In all honesty, this book sucked me into emotional tension of the struggles of the characters. It caused me to take a good look at what I would normally call "teen drama" and made me make an intentional decision to appreciate their struggles as real and anything but surface. The subject of mental health is foreign to me and Ross beautifully presents it with shear realism.

The writing itself is beautiful. The message
Laura Stegman
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What you see on main character Thea's outsides couldn't be more different from the anxiety inside that triggers all kinds of difficulties in her life. Fade To White, Tara K. Ross' beautifully written, powerful debut novel absorbed me from its first words. Besides Thea, the YA tale is filled with other well-drawn characters, among them kids you might have known in high school as well as a mysterious young man whose influence directs Thea to a source of comfort and healing. I absolutely recommend ...more
Kristiana Y. Sfirlea
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful, sensitive, and enlightening read!

I liked Thea a lot. We'd totally be tea-drinking buddies! She's got the angst of a teenage protagonist, but I loved watching her growing awareness of her own selfishness and desire to be different.

The relationships in the story were SO real and complicated and good. Ashley and Jade were wonderful, and I enjoyed seeing Thea's bond with her brother deepen with every obstacle their family faced. Khi was cool and kind, and I liked how Gavin was the "bad
Clare Campbell
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Saw this book on IG as I follow the author & so impressed with the story & characters. As someone who suffers from high functioning anxiety this book did a great job of characterisation and putting forward a compelling story that had me snuggled up with my tea (thanks to a contest run by the author at her IG I won some fabulous tea) and reading until the end. I fully encourage & recommend this lovely read
Ashley Townsend
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story is full of heartache and hope. It deals with anxiety, self-harm, love, and healing in such a beautiful and tender way, and I was absolutely wrapped up in Theas world. I understand her hurt and the love and acceptance shes looking for, and I love how the author dealt with the heavy elements in this story. ...more
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As the mother of a teen and two soon-to-be-teens, I like to support clean and positive writing voices like Tara. She covers a heavy topic in her novel, but she also provides great hope. Our teens need to know there is hope. It was a privilege to read an early copy.
K.L. Pezzutto
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tara offers a realistic portrait of anxiety and hope. I absolutely adored the main character, Thea, and identified with her struggles. This is a must read for anyone who is looking for light in a dark situation <3
Lena S
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reality and Hope

A GREAT fiction book showing the challenges of anxiety in teens. That sounds really clinical, but it's a book of HOPE. Acknowledgement that it is a real issue, but there is hope to be found in Christ. Well written, excellent story.
Amie Woleslagle
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Thea was an extremely sympathetic character, and from the very first page, I was rooting for her. The whole book talked about tough subjects in a hopeful and gentle light. It helped me understand anxiety better, while also showing hope.
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