Fade to Blue

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Sophie Blue started wearing a black skirt and Midnight Noir lipstick on her last birthday. It was also the day her father disappeared. Or spontaneously combusted. Which is sort of bad timing, since a Popsicle truck with tinted windows has started circling the house.

Kenny Fade is a basketball god. His sneakers cost more than his Jeep. He's the guy all the ladies (and their mommas) want. Bad.

Sophie Blue and ...

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Overview

Sophie Blue started wearing a black skirt and Midnight Noir lipstick on her last birthday. It was also the day her father disappeared. Or spontaneously combusted. Which is sort of bad timing, since a Popsicle truck with tinted windows has started circling the house.

Kenny Fade is a basketball god. His sneakers cost more than his Jeep. He's the guy all the ladies (and their mommas) want. Bad.

Sophie Blue and Kenny Fade don't have a thing in common. Aside from being reasonably sure they're losing their minds.

Acclaimed author Sean Beadoin's wildly innovative novel combines uproarious humor with enough plot twists to fill a tube sock. Park thriller, part darkly comic philosophical discussion, and accompanied by a comic book interstitial, Fade to Blue is a whip-smart romp that keeps readers guessing until the last paragraph.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A fast, highly entertaining read, this novel will appeal to graphic-novel enthusiasts, techies, and anyone looking for a cleverly written, inventive romp in which every detail counts."—School Library Journal

"The language and sophisticated wit are a tasty treat even for those not fluent in geek."—BCCB

"There is a vacuum repair shop in space (think Douglas Adams), a barrage of absurdist pop-culture send-ups (think Neal Shusterman), and some yodeling (think...original emerging voice in young adult fiction)."—The Horn Book

"A slim Infinite Jest for teens."
Booklist

Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
Mix a dark sense of humor, Goth dress, even darker attitude and plenty of teenage angst including family problems and you have Sophie Blue, an altogether artistic, puzzling, and engaging character. Once, Sophie was a regular high school kid, excelling on her soccer team. She quit. Her reason? The uniforms were ugly, pink. A year ago, on her birthday, her father disappeared—or spontaneously combusted. She is not really sure. Her remaining parent seems to have zoned out of Sophie's life altogether. Then there's Kenny Fade, stereotypical football hero with a Jeep, the hottest thing in ultra expensive sneakers, with every high school girl lusting after him. Could these opposites attract? They seem to: Sophie and Kenny find each other with only one thing in common: they think they are going crazy. Beaudoin has written a compelling and entertaining novel, filled with regular narrative, Sophie's scribbled notes, conversations in the form of script writing, and even a short graphic novel. While it is sometimes difficult to read because of its eccentric literary mix, its humor and realism make a compelling read for young people. This book would make an ideal foundation for discussions about individuality, feelings, and the sense of loss or alienation that can come at a vulnerable age, as well as unlikely friendships. Reviewer: Judy Crowder
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—On Sophie Blue's 17th birthday, a nurse at her father's lab gave her a mysterious injection and her father disappeared, leaving behind a swirl of rumors about what really happened to Sophie, who has gone Goth. A year later, she has strange dreams that involve being smashed by a Popsicle truck, hears a constant hum ("gotothelabgotothelabgotothelab"), and copes with her comics-obsessed and increasingly obese younger brother O. S., as well as her out-to-lunch mom. Kenny Fade, basketball star and school heartthrob, also hears and sees bizarre things and, like Sophie, fears for his sanity. And his mother is a nurse! Fade to Blue takes off with a crunch (that Popsicle truck!) and careens wildly to a thought-provoking screecher of an ending in a manic rampage of plot twists, crazy characters, dark comedy, and virtual reality taken to the extreme. A fast, highly entertaining read, this novel will appeal to graphic-novel enthusiasts, techies, and anyone looking for a cleverly written, inventive romp in which every detail counts.—Joyce Adams Burner, National Archives at Kansas City, MO
Kirkus Reviews
Stellar wit and a thrilling pace become mired in complicated plotting in this promising but at times frustrating effort. At the onset, basketball star Kenny Fade and Sophie "Gothika" Blue seem to have little in common but for some recent bizarre experiences that fill them with questions. Experimental in form, the novel begins with chapter none, continues up to 20, inserts a short comic-book novella and then reverses from chapter 20 back to none. The first section (none through 20) is wickedly funny and creepily dreamlike, a satisfying combination that sets the stage for a sinister mystery involving Sophie's missing father's lab and its questionable practices. The mini-comic is rendered in shaded black-and-white art that is decidedly more modern in style than the 1950s tropes it illustrates (boxy robots, scientists in lab coats, buxom nurses). In its final section, the novel becomes almost completely nonlinear. This lack of convention is not necessarily a bad thing, but will definitely require patient readers who are content to be left with more questions than answers. (Science fiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316014182
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 619,323
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sean Beaudoin is the author of Going Nowhere Faster, which was nominated as one of YALSA's "Best Books for Young Adults"; Fade to Blue, which was called "Infinite Jest for teens" by Booklist, You Killed Wesley Payne, which was a Booklist Editor's Choice; and The Infects, which was called a "wickedly unpredictable adventure" by Publishers Weekly. His short stories and articles have appeared in numerous publications. Sean's website is seanbeaudoin.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    What a great title!!

    This title is what made me get this book, and it is AMAZINGG!!
    #LoveThisBook

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Sophie Blue, in love with you.

    Thoroughly puzzling. Hum. A great book, though. (Because when you barely know what's going on, but can't wait to finish and are sad that it' s over…yeah, it's amazing. Also: sneak peek of "You Killed Wesley Payne".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Mysterious but captivating

    This book is filled with lingering wuestions. It seriously makes you think. It seems realistic but somewhat a fantasy. Perfect for teens and adults.

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  • Posted November 29, 2009

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    Hectic and confusing and probably worth it, if only for it's breakneck pace and raunchy, snarky humor.

    Sophie Blue and Kenny Fade seem to have nothing in common: she's the goth, he's the school's dreamboat basketball star. But now, one year after Sophie's father mysteriously disappeared on her seventeenth birthday, nothing seems to make sense. First, a freaky popsicle truck begins to circle Sophie's house and follow her to school. And then Kenny starts to feel like his life...isn't really his life. Now they must investigate a very shady bio-lab and some dubious school experiments, all before a psychotic nurse and the Popsicle Man find out what they're up to...

    I can honestly say that, perhaps for the first time ever, I was stumped by a novel. I loved it, I hated it; I was utterly confused by it. One part "The Matrix," one part "Donnie Darko" and the other just plain weird, it's a hilarious thrill-ride that shouldn't be missed by any teen fan of the offbeat and satirical. But it's also overcomplicated, too quick-moving and too witty for its own good.

    From the constant plot twists, raunchy, snarky humor and comic-book sci-fi pace, everything about this book could be construed as either good or bad or both, depending on what you like to read -- which, of course, makes it a reviewer's worst nightmare. I literally felt listless and depressed while I was reading it, knowing that, at some point, I was going to have to face the dreaded blank page and dredge up the words to describe this sardonic little gem.

    So now I've filled that page with four paragraphs of saying that I was confused. In "Fade to Blue" by Sean Beaudoin the writing was good, the story clever if a little unoriginal--so what was my problem? I don't really know. Something about it just didn't add up, and while a little mystery is the spice of life, this book had way too much. Part of me wants to read a sequel, if only for a little bit of closure, but the rest of me thinks that I'll only end up more nonplussed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2009

    Flayed to Blue

    This is the sort of book that starts cults. I loved it so much. It's like A Wrinkle In Time or other books that really make you think what it's about and what's going on way down below the surface of the words. The characters seem really real even though the situations are comical and veer into fantasy. There's this so excellent zombie dream and some scary stuff, but mostly I laughed tons. Sophie is like some people I know in good and bad ways. I really hope there's a second one. And a third.

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    Posted March 2, 2011

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