“Fans of legal dramas might check out Alex Flinn’s intriguing Fade To Black In this tautly constructed novel, an HIV-positive high school student sees his life. Three perspectives – one truth The victim: After his windshield was shattered with a baseball bat, HIV-positive Alex Crusan ducked under the steering wheel. Alex Flinn is the queen of writing troubled yet multidimensional teens, and she doesn’t disappoint with FADE TO BLACK. Read it, and question.

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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Fade to Black by Alex Flinn. Three perspectives — one truth The victim: After his windshield was shattered with a baseball bat, HIV-positive Alex Crusan ducked under the steering wheel.

But he knows what he saw. Now he must decide what he wants to tell. Daria Bickell never lies. So if bkack told the police she saw Clinton Cole do it, she must have. But did she really?

Clinton w Three perspectives — one truth The blwck Clinton was seen fsde the vicinity of the crime that morning. And sure, he has problems with Alex. But he’d never do something like this. Paperbackpages. Published May 2nd by HarperTeen first published April 1st FloridaUnited States. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Fade to Blackplease sign up.

It is very good. See 1 question about Fade to Black…. Lists with This Book. Jun 24, kari rated it liked it Shelves: Short little book so short little review.

Fade to Black – a young adult novel by Alex Flinn

Perhaps this one has something for everyone or not. Hispanic boy who is HIV positive is injured when a letter-jacket wearing assailant takes a baseball bat to his car and probably would have done the same to him had he not driven away fdae is witnesses by a girl with Down syndrome and blamed on a white football player boy who’s been harassing the Hispanic boy about having HIV.

The story is told from the various viewpoints, Ale Short little book so short little review. The story is told from the various viewpoints, Alex HIV fare, Daria Ds and Clinton bully extraordinaire and I think the different voices works because you get the thoughts and feelings of each of them except that Daria’s voice is only bits of free verse, not quite sure what the author is trying to say with that and it bothered me.

There is growth from the characters, well, from the boys and some needed self-awareness from them also. My one real complaint is that the story feels very dated. It was published inbut the stupidity of Clinton about AIDS reads like mid-eighties or perhaps early nineties. He doesn’t want to sit next to Alex or that his sister is friends with Alex’s sister and he makes sure Alex knows it, in an anonymous and cowardly way however.

Fade to Black by Alex Flinn | Young Adult Book Reviews

The book has a timeline starting out with a dated police report which has the date, but not year. I thought this was odd as I would think a police report would definitely include the year and it would have grounded the story in a certain time. I don’t quite understand that omission. So that brought the story down a bit for me because I hope that people today, school administrators as well as students and well, everyone are somewhat better informed about this disease.


I did enjoy the writing style and the character’s voices and I’d more than likely read this author again. Jan 13, Natasha rated it really liked it Shelves: My 9th graders will love this book.

Crisp writing and a simple, poignant plot. Even though there are multiple perspectives a witness, the victim, and a suspectmy students will find it easy to follow the shifts.

I like that it addresses the topic of what it means to be HIV positive in a realm other than the world of homosexuality where my students expect it. Apr 09, Caro rated it it was amazing Shelves: The new releases on the subject are just a handful each year, but each book published is a new adventure. From the few I have read and the others I have browsed, none are the same, and they all offer something different.

Alex Flinn’s Fade To Black is no exception and draws a bigger picture around people deemed “different”. The story is told through three different perspectives. From the point of view of the victim, Alex Crusan first, an HIV-positive teenager whose car has been shattered by a baseball bat while he was in the car. From the point of view of the witness, Daria a teenage girl with Down Syndrome who goes to the same school as Alex. And finally, from the point of view of Clinton, the guy who doesn’t hide he has a problem with Alex at school, the guy who was seen next to the crime location the morning it took place.

Told in three conflicting point of views, it shows how different “truth” can be. Alex Flinn got into the head of both Alex and Daria in a way that will stay with you. Not because you see how they are inside, but because you see, through their eyes, how they are seen by others. They are both “not like other kids” and are looked as such.

Alex explains how other teenagers avert their eyes when they cross him in the school corridors because they don’t want him to feel as if they are staring at him and they don’t want him to think they are judging him.

Alex sees this and thinks it’s sometimes worse than someone directly in conflict with him, because at least they interact with him. Even though the other teenagers “don’t judge him”, they don’t try to make friends with him either and Alex explains how lonely he feels all the time. It changes from the black and white conceptions of “people who are against people with AIDS are evil” or “HIV positive people should be quarantined”.

That’s why he relates to Daria who has no friends at school either. The passages in Clinton’s head were the most interesting part to read and I thought the combination of the three perspectives was just so fascinating.

When you look at Clinton from the outside, you think he is one of those intolerant self-righteous idiots who can’t bear anyone else with a difference. On the inside, it is another story entirely. Other than reading about him being bullied and really loving and caring about his younger sister, you read about someone who acts in sync with his ideas.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying he is right when he wants to change seats in class because he is sitting next to Alex, on the contrary. But his attitude comes mainly from his ignorance of the virus. His fear of HIV is more important than his hate flin Alex. I thought it was an interesting point of view to observe. One of the major themes is bullying and more particularly how teenagers reject others who don’t fit in the right mould. A minority might be violent or insulting, but the worse is the silent majority feigning not to notice, and not trying to include them.


Daria and Alex both talk of how invisible they feel. The other major theme is family. Without going in too much flinnn, I think that Alex Flinn had the tremendous talent to really go inside the head of those teenagers and show how they interact with their parents.

One of the most faee aspect I keep noticing in YA literature blafk how parents fail to understand what is going on in their children’s tlinn. The conflict between Alex and his go mother was quite interesting to read from Alex’s point of view, same goes for Daria and Clinton’s relations with their respective mothers. Alex is HIV positive, and as face may know or not, though you can read my Sunday post alx if you haven’the carries the virus but it hasn’t completely overtaken his immune system.

I found it interesting how people’s opinion of HIV-positive people differs depending on how the virus was contracted. If it was through a transfusion, it is a tragedy; if it was through drugs or sex it makes the person filthy and they nearly deserve their fate.

This story is absolutely beautiful and helps you get inside the fadw of someone who is HIV positive, as well as someone with Down Syndrome. Alex Flinn’s writing is simply perfect. She really gets into the head of these three teenagers and brings us a fascinating story. In very simple words and powerful ideas, we get our own conceptions thrown back at us and we just realise how much more beautiful the world is with all its shades of grey.

I cannot recommend this book enough as it a fascinating YA novel for people wanting to know more about HIV, but also about major issues teenagers encounter such as bullying or the relationship they have with their families. Dec 18, Hayden rated it really liked it. Alex was in his car when he was attacked by a guy with a baseball bat.

Fade to Black

The guy shattered his windshield as Alex hid under the steering wheel. But the broken glass still cut alex as it was flying through the air. The only eye witness is a girl named Daria and she has Down Syndrome and believes the attacker was too guy named Clinton Cole. Clinton cole bullies Alex and wants him to leave the school because he has aids but says he did not break the windshield. I thought this was a great book and a great awareness bullying. It would be a great read for just about anyone that likes a good thrill with a good meaning to it.

Aug 04, Richie Partington rated it it was amazing. I spent a day in Shari’s classroom late last week working bladk to clean up the disaster zone in preparation for the occasion. Shari is the school’s drama teacher as well as one of the eighth-grade English teachers. Her drama students are notorious for leaving their thrift store tp costuming and props in the classroom long after the fqde are all complete.