Fade to Us
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 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 program, Brooke sacrifices her job to volunteer for the backstage crew. She’s mostly there for Natalie, but Brooke soon discovers how much she enjoys being part of the show. Especially sweet is the chance to work closely with charming and fascinating Micah--the production’s stage manager. If only he wasn’t Natalie’s mentor…When summer comes to an end, will Brooke finally have the family she so desperately wants–and the love she’s only dreamed about?

Fade to Us Details

TitleFade to Us
Author
ReleaseFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherWednesday Books
ISBN-139781250097378
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Fade to Us Review

  • Sabrina Jeffries
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • brooklynnnne
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 book allows an invitation for readers to not only think about this but also invites the topic to be more readily discussed. This was a good contemporary but also included some deep topics whether it be Natalie, Brooke's biological father, Natalie's mother, etc. I liked the cute romance aspect and I liked each of the characters. My main issue with the novel was my feelings in regards to Brooke. I, personally, felt really sympathetic towards Brooke. At times, it was even hard to read what was happening to her. I understand that seventeen years old can have it tough, even tougher than her no doubt. However, I felt that the expectations and responsibilities placed on Brooke were unfair and unrealistic. I am hoping unrealistic because if this is an average teenager's reality, it makes me very very sad. I don't want to get into spoilers so I will try and keep it vague but there were a lot of sacrifices that Brooke's family expected her to make and sometimes she was coming across as a parent-like figure. Again, understandably, to be in a family sacrifices need to be made. But...she is also seventeen years old and some of these decisions seemed more relevant to an adult. I just couldn't get away from that thought because it seemed as if Brooke was an adult making adult decisions. Again, I understand that to some, adulthood comes earlier and maturity is forced upon some. Yet in this novel it seemed to be casually alluded to as if it was okay but I didn't feel as if it was. Overall, this was a good read and I really enjoyed the ending. It would be a good contemporary to read during the summertime. **Thank you to Raincoast Books for supplying me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review**
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 place to stay. Her father offers to look after her. Brooke's plans for the summer are railroaded and her chance of a car seems like more of a dream. Natalie needs a lot of help and Brooke finds herself filling the role. They join a musical theatre program and Brooke summer plans change completely. She always wanted a father and a sister. She just didn't expect the family she got. This book is about love and acceptance. Micah is Brooke's love interest and helps at the musical theatre. The romance is only part of this book. It's more about family. Micah and Natalie are friends too. Brooke has to adjust to Natalie and find compromises with everything she does this includes her friendships.This book is a little heavier than my usual read and if it hadn't been written by this author I probably wouldn't have looked at it. Overall, the story is written well and demonstrates the struggles of living with Aspergers. If it sounds like your kind of read you will probably enjoy it. For me, it was just okay. 3 stars out of 5. I like romance above everything else.I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thanks
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  • Wit & Wonder Books
    January 1, 1970
    **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 **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 black and white instead of color. Something simple for us to understand must be broken down precisely for Natalie. While a challenge, Brooke and her family make it work.Brooke finds a theatre camp for Natalie to attend during the summer so she is not bored. While some meltdowns occur during the course of the camp, Natalie lets her true colors shine brightly at the end of the camp when she takes over for one of the lead roles. Natalie learns a lot that summer about life and relationships. One relationship being between Brooke and Natalie’s mentor, Micah. Natalie thinks that since she saw Micah first she has a claim over him that Brooke should recognize. Natalie doesn’t understand the parts of the relationship and it causes both a meltdown and outburst when Brooke is only trying to protect Natalie.Lessons are learned and relationships are saved in this novel once everyone comes to the bigger picture. Natalie learns how to cope with her meltdowns, while her family adjusts to the changes within. The novel also discusses content relating to adoption and single parent birthing. Both topics which I found beautifully expressed. I give this a solid four stars.
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  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    January 1, 1970
    "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 "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 with all of the things that real life humans deal with. While it is important for everyone at every level to see this in books, it is especially important for young adult literature. I appreciate what the author was trying to do but sometimes it felt like her message of acceptance was too didactic and not baked into the plot as much as I would have wanted it to be. Also, Brooke had a tendency of telling rather than showing.There is a romance in this book between Brooke and Micah but the book is really more about family than anything else. Brooke is really trying to be a good sister to Natalie, which her mom and stepdad appreciate (maybe a little too much; there were several times in the book where I was like "where are the parents???" because of the things that Natalie was left to do on her own). Overall, I appreciated where this story was going; I just wanted more cohesiveness.
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  • Breeny
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 To Us were what made the story so engaging. I also really enjoyed the romance in Fade To Us, and I felt that it was very swoon-worthy and dimensional. All of the characters, including the parents, are complex. It was great to see active and supportive parents in YA. The pacing in Fade To Us was great, and I finished reading in one day because I was so hooked into the story. Overall, Fade To Us was a sweet, solid, and neurodiverse novel that I thoroughly enjoyed.3.5-4 stars.
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  • Stacy Fetters
    January 1, 1970
    ”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 ”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 their personality and you would love nothing more than to strangle them with their own scarf? Yes? No? Maybe? Let me introduce you to Brooke. Brooke’s character annoyed me like no one ever has. She pushed all my buttons all at once and all she had to do was blink an eye. I felt that she blamed all her problems on her step- sister. The character who saved the day was Natalie!! She has Aspergers and she goes through so much change in a very short amount of time, but it doesn’t slow her down. Natalie has so much heart and tried so hard to go with the flow. At the end of the book, she comes out on top. The romance between Micah and Brooke is extremely quick and not so whirlwind. It was instant and happened a little too quick with how everything started between them. I wasn’t really impressed with this book. As a family and sisterhood book it was cute and meaningful. The romance aspect was a huge hit and Brooke was a painful character to read about. As a whole, it’s not something I will remember reading. Just remember to sing loud, sing proud!!
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 has an Asperger’s diagnosis, I have some personal experience so know how hard it is on family and the struggles they face so I could totally get where Brook was coming from. There are some things that don’t make sense but overall the story had a great flow to it, and when they end up in drama camp they meet a man who will change both of their lives in ways that you don’t see coming until they are happening, it makes a very real and believable and heart-warming story. Micah Dalton is only a stage manager, but he is so much more than that. This is a real-life affirming read, it deals with disability and race. The way the author has portrayed Natalie was great and shows a great understanding of the condition and it was so refreshing to see the person portrayed and not the disability.
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  • Sammy Allen
    January 1, 1970
    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!!
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 happen a certain way, and when they don’t she becomes so anxious she has a meltdown . SO instead of the summer running smoothly and quietly, Brooke, her mom, and her step-dad need to make sure things are set up to keep Natalie happy and calm. To keep Natalie entertained and occupied Brooke suggests a drama camp since Natalie loves musicals. That is where they meet Micah Dalton who is the stage manager for the show, and both Natalie and Brooke are attracted to Micah in different ways. Due to Natalie’s need for family assistance to handle these unpredictable meltdowns Brooke realizes that she has to quit her job, sacrificing the money she needs to buy her own car, to be there for her step-sister. The director offers her the job of assistant stage manager so she has something to do during the day and a part in putting on the show, making it less obvious that she is (partially) there for Natalie. She would also be a big help with the production. This brings Brooke and Micah closer together, and though she knew Natalie would freak out if she started dating Micah, she can’t give him up too. Micah hates lying about their relationship, and of course the course of true love never runs smooth. The setting of this book is North Carolina. There is some diversity in that both Micah and Natalie are half-Chinese as well as Natalie’s Autism which shows neurodiversity. Day did a wonderful job in bringing Natalie to life. She made her capable, intelligent, strong, but showed the reader what it was like inside her mind by using conversations with Brooke, where Brooke is attempting to understand. It confronts cruel people who don’t have the empathy necessary to be around her and points out that she can be hurt and tell when others don’t want her around. Natalie even has some common forms of stimming and other behaviors that are common in the Autism community. This is a book for readers who like romance that flourishes against the odds and characters who learn and grow. Both Brooke and Natalie are strong female characters inspiring in their own way. The one things that puzzled me is that throughout the book Micah is constantly helping Brooke sit or stand up which I found confusing as there is no hint at her having any sort of disability and I can’t understand any other reason why someone would do that? In only a few instances does it make sense as she is shaking. I don’t have anything against manners but I have only ever had someone help me with either movement when I couldn’t do them without help (coming from a disabled person).
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    Brooke Byers is a 17 year-old who had planned to spend the summer hanging out with her best friend, spending time with her family, and working a job that will continue to help her save up for a new car. When Brooke receives the news that her new autistic step-sister, Natalie is coming to spend the summer with them because Natalie's mother is too sick to care for her, Brooke is excited but but apprehensive. Natalie has autism and has to be kept as calm and stable as possible or she has meltdowns. Brooke Byers is a 17 year-old who had planned to spend the summer hanging out with her best friend, spending time with her family, and working a job that will continue to help her save up for a new car. When Brooke receives the news that her new autistic step-sister, Natalie is coming to spend the summer with them because Natalie's mother is too sick to care for her, Brooke is excited but but apprehensive. Natalie has autism and has to be kept as calm and stable as possible or she has meltdowns. Wanting to keep Natalie happy in her new environment, Brooke suggests that Natalie join the local drama camp and participate in their summer musical production. It seems like a good idea until Natalie has several meltdowns and no one in the family is readily available to come to her assistance. Brooke decides to quit her job and volunteer as an assistant at the camp so that she can be around in case Natalie needs her. It is here that Brooke meets Micah Dalton who is the stage manager for the show, and both Natalie and Brooke are attracted to Micah in different ways. This brings Brooke and Micah closer together, and though she knew Natalie would freak out if she started dating Micah, Brooke can't give Micah up. Micah hates lying about their relationship, but agrees to keeping it from Natalie. Eventually Natalie of course discovers the relationship and freaks out, not because of Micah, but because of Brooke.In this book Day did a wonderful job in bringing Natalie to life. She made her capable, intelligent, strong and highlights how talented of an actress Natalie is. It confronts cruel people who don’t have the empathy necessary to be around her and points out that she can be hurt and tell when others don’t want her around. The book is a fun, fast read that is dead on about describing first loves and relationships. My only negative thought about the book is that it is a little unrealistic. Natalie has only been Brooke's step-sister for a few months, and Natalie has only been over to visit a handful of times. Brooke's best friend refuses to hang out with Brooke unless Brooke stops including Natalie AND, as good as Brooke is, a teenager quitting her job to support her fairly new step-sister 24/7 for no pay, also seems unlikely. Also, Natalie's meltdowns don't seem that major. She paces and gets upset, but seems to get over things rather quickly as long as Brooke is there. They have a very deep relationship for only having known each other for a short while. Other than these minor criticisms, this was a heart-warming fun romance that anyone, teenager or adult will enjoy.
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  • Rachel D.
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 researching. I was also glad to see that there wasn't a whole lot of book devoted to explaining terms and parts of the process. Day did an excellent job using the drama camp as a backdrop to the story that felt familiar but still unique as far as young adult books go. The story as a whole was really quite moving. I don't typically go for books that focus on family (I'm usually more into romance-y sci-fi/fantasy stuff) but I found myself more entranced with the building relationship between Brooke and Natalie than I was with Brooke and Micah. That's not to say there was anything wrong with the romance in it (it was really very sweet), but there was something really special about their growing sisterhood. Most of my faults came from Brooke's parents. While this was probably one of the more realistic parts of the story, it was still hard to read. There were a few instances where they fought with each other over how to treat Natalie that was incredibly frustrating. While the introduction of a new person into a relatively new family can be difficult, especially when that person has special needs, their arguments could have been eliminated with a bit of respectful communication. They each (including Brooke) spent way too much time acting like Natalie was a huge burden in the beginning without actually coming out and saying it. This did allow for a lot of character growth though and it made the resolution that much more endearing. The real star of the book was Natalie. She was definitely the most interesting and developed character. Though, I understood how she could get under the skin of her family, she never once annoyed me as a reader. Julia Day doesn't resort to any Hollywood cliche's when it comes to the portrayal of Natalie and Aspergers. There are a lot of other aspects of the book I could point out but the most important thing is that it got me involved emotionally which is a top priority for any book. It's not perfect but it deserves to be read.
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  • Deidreanna Isak
    January 1, 1970
    Fade to Us by Julia Day3.75 / 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 Fade to Us by Julia Day3.75 / 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 place without it being like it was forced to keep the story going. The pacing of it was just the right amount and I couldn't put it down everytime I finished a chapter.Since it is a contemporary, romance is definitely inevitable but it flowed with the story so well. It didn't felt was if it was too fast or too slow, and I could totally see why the main female character fell for the love interest. (Since I did as well)It was a solid 4.5 🌟 for me until we reached the second half. The second part just felt rushed, it was like the author was trying to wrap the story as quickly as possible and I started feeling disconnected with the story and the characters which lowered my overall rating. On the other hand, the diversity in this book was quite unique as the love interest was half Asian and his Asian mom who played a huge part in the book. As I have no clue about Asperger's, I can't say how accurate it was but if was nice to learn about something new that's not included in most books. Also, musical theatre played quite a major role in this book, and being a Broadway fan, it was a nice touch to the story. All in all, if you're looking for a nice contemporary read for the summer, Fade to Us is definitely the way to go.
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  • Ashleigh
    January 1, 1970
    I was fortunate to receive an ARC of this story, which I really quite enjoyed. The main character, Brooke, has all these plans for her summer. She's going to have fun with her friends and work a job so that she can save up for her first car. Those plans are changed when her fairly new stepfather announces that his daughter is going to be moving in with them for the summer. Brooke isn't sure what to think...she's both excited and nervous. Her stepsister Natalie has Asperger's and Brooke isn't sur I was fortunate to receive an ARC of this story, which I really quite enjoyed. The main character, Brooke, has all these plans for her summer. She's going to have fun with her friends and work a job so that she can save up for her first car. Those plans are changed when her fairly new stepfather announces that his daughter is going to be moving in with them for the summer. Brooke isn't sure what to think...she's both excited and nervous. Her stepsister Natalie has Asperger's and Brooke isn't sure she can be the big sister she needs. Natalie winds up joining a summer theater program and Brooke ends up quitting her job to be a part of the backstage crew. There she meets Micah, the cute stage manager and also Natalie's mentor. A sweet romance develops. This story isn't just a romance though (although I did enjoy that part of the story), it is really about the blending of two families and both the joys and struggles that can bring. As a parent of a child on the Autism Spectrum, I was really interested in seeing how the character, Natalie would be portrayed. I wound up loving Natalie so much! It was nice to see that rep in a YA book and I felt that Julia Day did a good job and was respectful. I enjoyed watching the growing relationship between Natalie and Brooke and also the growth of the family as a whole. The characters all made mistakes, but they all learned from them, and that was refreshing to see.Hope to read more of Julia's books in the future!
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    Note: I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!I wasn't sure how to feel about this book when I started it, but as the story evolved I found myself really enjoying it. I liked the characters, and I thought they were more or less very realistically portrayed. I know several young people with Autism, including some in my own family, and I thought that they didn't go over the top with it. It was very well done, and it was nice to see someone with that type of d Note: I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!I wasn't sure how to feel about this book when I started it, but as the story evolved I found myself really enjoying it. I liked the characters, and I thought they were more or less very realistically portrayed. I know several young people with Autism, including some in my own family, and I thought that they didn't go over the top with it. It was very well done, and it was nice to see someone with that type of disability represented in a YA book. I also liked how the family gravitated around her and her needs. It was very interesting to read, especially when it came to Brooke. While she made her fair share of mistakes, she was always trying to help her family and do the right thing. I also enjoyed the evolution of Brooke's relationship, and how that all played it. It didn't seem super sudden, and there was no "insta-love" feel to it which is something I always watch for in these types of stories.I think that Julia Day did a wonderful job here, and I will definitely be looking at reading more of her work going forward. She's clearly a very good writer who did her research on what her topics of choice were, and I always appreciate that.
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  • Krystal
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 reading through it felt like dejavu with some sensations. This story resonates with so many different moments in my life and for that, this book has a special place in my heart. The family aspect actually bought tears to my eye, I'm a single mother so the ending of this story just hit home as it sounds like a dream come true. Thankyou Julia Day for such an amazing book. I hope to see more stories like this.
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  • Kelly Hager
    January 1, 1970
    This is such a sweet, fun story. It works on every level but, as swoonworthy as the relationship between Brooke and Micah is, my favorite part is the relationship with Brooke and her stepsister Natalie.For basically her entire life, Brooke has wanted a dad and a sister. Since her mom married Jeff, she has a stepdad and a stepsister, but she wants to be closer with both of them. The problem is that neither of them seem to want the same in return. When Natalie moves in with them for the summer, Br This is such a sweet, fun story. It works on every level but, as swoonworthy as the relationship between Brooke and Micah is, my favorite part is the relationship with Brooke and her stepsister Natalie.For basically her entire life, Brooke has wanted a dad and a sister. Since her mom married Jeff, she has a stepdad and a stepsister, but she wants to be closer with both of them. The problem is that neither of them seem to want the same in return. When Natalie moves in with them for the summer, Brooke is excited to hopefully get the relationship she's always wanted. Except then her newfound feelings for Micah (who has become a really good friend of Natalie's) threaten to complicate it.Brooke does a lot of stupid things (objectively speaking and seeing them from a grownup's eyes) but she does them all for the right reasons.And I loved seeing Brooke and Natalie get closer. This is an amazing story and I bet you'll love it as much as I do. Highly recommended.
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  • Erin Maree
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really enjoyable book and it was nice to see Asperger's representation in a female character instead of a male character which is what is often shown (males are more likely to be on the spectrum). Brooke was a likeable character and it was great to see her grow throughout the book and admit to herself what she really wanted.Natalie was a really well thought out character and it was obvious that a lot of time researching Asperger's went into writing this novel. I liked how Natalie was This was a really enjoyable book and it was nice to see Asperger's representation in a female character instead of a male character which is what is often shown (males are more likely to be on the spectrum). Brooke was a likeable character and it was great to see her grow throughout the book and admit to herself what she really wanted.Natalie was a really well thought out character and it was obvious that a lot of time researching Asperger's went into writing this novel. I liked how Natalie was aware that she was different but embraced it and knew her limits.I had no idea where the book was going but was pleasantly surprised and liked how the theme of family really tied it together.It was a great book and one that I hope people will take a chance on and enjoy as much as I did.
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  • Priscilla
    January 1, 1970
    I was provided an advance readers copy through a giveaway from Wednesday Books for an honest review. The beginning of the book had a good start, but towards the middle I had a hard time continuing to read it. The main character Brooke has a good relationship with her step-sister Natalie, but the relationship between her and Micah really isn't that interesting because it moved too fast and did not gradually build up. In my opinion, I believe that the author portrayed Natalie's character as accura I was provided an advance readers copy through a giveaway from Wednesday Books for an honest review. The beginning of the book had a good start, but towards the middle I had a hard time continuing to read it. The main character Brooke has a good relationship with her step-sister Natalie, but the relationship between her and Micah really isn't that interesting because it moved too fast and did not gradually build up. In my opinion, I believe that the author portrayed Natalie's character as accurately possible by detailing how she would constantly change her mind from one second to the next. All of the characters were complex and very supportive of Natalie. However, this is a book that I don't think I would read again.
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  • Trevenna
    January 1, 1970
    Awesome story ! It tells how difficult it is for four people to bond into a loving family. Brooke is such a wonderful young lady, willing to give up anything that would make her happy to appease her new step-sister, who has to come and live with her Dad Jeff's new family. Her step-sister, Natalie has Asperger's, and in order not to upset her, Brooke sacrifices everything she had wanted to do during her last summer before her Senior Year. They are both awesome young ladies and with lots of work i Awesome story ! It tells how difficult it is for four people to bond into a loving family. Brooke is such a wonderful young lady, willing to give up anything that would make her happy to appease her new step-sister, who has to come and live with her Dad Jeff's new family. Her step-sister, Natalie has Asperger's, and in order not to upset her, Brooke sacrifices everything she had wanted to do during her last summer before her Senior Year. They are both awesome young ladies and with lots of work it all comes together. I found it interesting to learn a little about Asperger's and how with love, compassion and trust, with lots of bumps along the way, there can be a happy ending.
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  • Barb Eck
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Goodreads for sending this book to me to review. I recommend this be added to your winter reading list.Brooke has always wanted a sibling and was glad to hear her new stepsister was going to be living with them. Even though Brooke had plans for the summer, she happily cancelled them to be with Natalie. Natalie has Asperger and Brooke is not sure she can be a good sister.Natalie joined a musical theater program so Brooke gave up her job to work back stage. There she meets Natalie's ment Thanks to Goodreads for sending this book to me to review. I recommend this be added to your winter reading list.Brooke has always wanted a sibling and was glad to hear her new stepsister was going to be living with them. Even though Brooke had plans for the summer, she happily cancelled them to be with Natalie. Natalie has Asperger and Brooke is not sure she can be a good sister.Natalie joined a musical theater program so Brooke gave up her job to work back stage. There she meets Natalie's mentor, Micah. Will the two sisters become friends and will Natalie and Micah become more than friends?
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  • Maggie Mattmiller
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.I liked this one. I would probably give it three stars (as it times it just felt so surface level or Hallmark movie type) but I found myself not wanting to put it down, and reading it in two sittings in a 24-Hour period. So that tells me I really liked it! So definitely a light read, but one I enjoyed! I found myself rooting for multiple main characters, and wishing I could be part of their show and their family *I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.I liked this one. I would probably give it three stars (as it times it just felt so surface level or Hallmark movie type) but I found myself not wanting to put it down, and reading it in two sittings in a 24-Hour period. So that tells me I really liked it! So definitely a light read, but one I enjoyed! I found myself rooting for multiple main characters, and wishing I could be part of their show and their family!
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  • Erika
    January 1, 1970
    Free copy provided by NetGalley for an honest review.This book was a little slow to get into, but once Brooke was helping out at the theater camp, it picked up speed. The relationships Brooke had with her family were very realistic and I loved her slow burn romance with Micah. I also loved how Brooke's relationship with Natalie was portrayed and her choices around her.Micah's worth mentioning again - him and his love and mastery of theater is just so stinking cute. I'm claiming him as my next bo Free copy provided by NetGalley for an honest review.This book was a little slow to get into, but once Brooke was helping out at the theater camp, it picked up speed. The relationships Brooke had with her family were very realistic and I loved her slow burn romance with Micah. I also loved how Brooke's relationship with Natalie was portrayed and her choices around her.Micah's worth mentioning again - him and his love and mastery of theater is just so stinking cute. I'm claiming him as my next book boyfriend.
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  • Sandie, Teen Lit Rocks
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this book was OK for a quick contemporary read. I'm not part of the autism community, but I am sensitive to books where the neurotypical narrator is changed for the better because of the patience and kindness required to "deal with" an autistic sibling/friend. The romantic aspect was well written, but I can imagine this book might be considered another example of the "disabled sibling" trope.
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  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from Macmillan/Wednesday Books as an advance uncorrected proof in exchange for my honest review. This was such a good read! A sweet love story that highlights the different types of love you can experience when you spend a summer volunteering at a theater camp with a step sister you are still learning how to love, a cute, entrancing boy, and no time to spare. I blew through this book in less than 24 hours because I simply could not put it down. I absolutely loved it!
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  • Read InAGarden
    January 1, 1970
    If this book had been set with Brooke and Micah being in middle school, I would have thought it was a well written book. I just had a really hard time with two 17 year-olds (one who was a veteran of the theater) acting so prepubescent.
  • Gretchen
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book from the 2017 YALSA Symposium.I really enjoyed reading this book! The story took place over one summer so it was a fairly quick read. It includes a sort of alternative love triangle that I found myself enjoying.
  • Alaina Maxam
    January 1, 1970
    I REALLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK. IT IS DEFINITELY WELL WRITTEN AND DEFINITELY DRAWS YOU IN. IT IS A BLENDING OF FAMILIES. THIER DIFFICULTIES AND TRIUMPHS
  • Dede Janzen
    January 1, 1970
    "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 program, Brooke sacrifices her job to volunteer for the backstage crew. She’s mostly "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 program, Brooke sacrifices her job to volunteer for the backstage crew. She’s mostly there for Natalie, but Brooke soon discovers how much she enjoys being part of the show. Especially sweet is the chance to work closely with charming and fascinating Micah--the production’s stage manager. If only he wasn't Natalie's mentor..."This was a good read. It has a blended family that may be a little more complicated with one member having Asberger's. I enjoyed this blended family and all the emotions that it brought with it.
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  • JC
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED THIS BOOK! It was too cute ❤ The relationships in this story made me have all sorts of feelings. In this story, love was expressed differently. It went from sister love, parental love, and the love you can get with your other half. I LOVED THIS BOOK! It was too cute ❤️ The relationships in this story made me have all sorts of feelings. In this story, love was expressed differently. It went from sister love, parental love, and the love you can get with your other half.
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