From the #1 New York Times- and USA Today-bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach and The Vincent Boys series, Abbi Glines delivers another smoldering, compulsively readable YA romance with As She Fades.
On the night of her high school graduation, Vale McKinley and her boyfriend Crawford are in a terrible car accident that leaves Crawford in a coma. They were supposed to spend the summer planning for college, for a bright future full of possibility. Together. Instead, Vale spends long days in the hospital, hoping Crawford will awaken.
Slate Allen, a college friend of Vale’s brother, has been visiting his dying uncle at the same hospital. When he and Vale meet, she can’t deny the flutter of an illicit attraction. She tries to ignore her feelings, but she’s not immune to Slate’s charm. Slowly, they form a cautious friendship.
Then, Crawford wakes up . . . with no memory of Vale or their relationship. Heartbroken, Vale opts to leave for college and move on with her life. Except now, she’s in Slate’s territory, and their story is about to take a very strange turn. (Goodreads)
Abbi Glines knows how to write a romance. As She Fades is her latest release so of course I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I have to say I was a little surprised with the blurb after reading this one. I ‘m going to avoid pointing out the issue because I don’t want to give the plot away, but as soon as you read the book you will know exactly what I’m talking about.
Mid-way through the book you are hit with the plot twist and I was not expecting it. I thought it was very original and was a great way to shake things up. Except it didn’t shake things up at all? After the plot twist I thought that things wrapped up a little too easily. There was such a great build up in the first half of the book the resolution at the end felt a little too simple to me.
I really enjoyed the main characters. I loved the relationship Vale had with her family, especially her brother Knox. Slate was probably my favourite character. He’s a dynamic character that had many levels to his personality.
Overall, this isn’t my favourite Abbi Glines novel but I did enjoy it. If you are looking for a quick and easy romance than this is definitely a book worth checking out.