Review of Fade To Blue by Sean Beaudoin

Review of Fade To Blue by Sean BeaudoinFade To Blue by Sean Beaudoin
Published by Hachette Digital, Inc. on 2009-08-01
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 300
Format: ARC
Source: Trade
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three-stars

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 Beaudoin's wildly innovative novel combines uproarious humor with enough plot twists to fill a tube sock. Part 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.

My initial thoughts after finishing Fade to Blue by Sean Beaudoin were WTF did I just read. Either this book is bloody brilliant or the most illogical, strangest book I’ve ever read. It sort of reminds me of Donnie Darko, I know I should get it, but I don’t fully understand the work.

Fade to Blue follows several characters – notably Sophie Blue and Kenny Fade, two people in a town which is basically run by a mega-conglomerate. The company, Fade Labs uses human beings to test their medical products. Now, that is a bare bones description, it is much much more complex, but I don’t want to give too much away.

To be honest, I felt like parts were a bit reminiscent of what I think I saw in the Matrix, all those people in pods hooked up to machines not actually living in reality, but dreaming?! IDK I made out instead of actually focusing on the film -shame-shame- Well, there is a part like that in Fade To Blue, and I’m thinking maybe if I actually paid attention, I might have some inkling of what I just read.

I actually enjoyed the way Beaudoin wrote his teen dialogue. The teens curse at each other, call each other names, and engage in locker room talk. That’s fairly authentic in my eyes. Tell me teens don’t curse and I shall have to call a bull-shit on you.

I am still scratching my head -but I think I may have taken away some meaning from this book –mainly corporations suck, materialism is bad, and don’t blindly trust medicine. Again, I am still confused.

Drink some Mountain Dew-like substance while you read this book. Why? Because I still don’t know how they make it so green. It’s a mystery to me. Also, I don’t regularly drink Mountain Dew, just as I don’t regularly read books like Fade To Blue. Personally, I also think the Dew is an acquired taste, just like this book.

three-stars
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April is 28 years old and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. In her free time she can be found reading, working out, or eating junk food. She often wears her sunglasses at night.

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