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Fade to Black

Fade to Black

Alex Flinn
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HarperTeen; Reprint edition (May 2, 2006)
Literature and Fiction
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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.

The witness: Daria Bickell never lies. So if she told the police she saw Clinton Cole do it, she must have. But did she really?

The suspect: Clinton was seen in the vicinity of the crime that morning. And sure, he has problems with Alex. But he'd never do something like this. Would he?

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  • One evening later this week Brook Haven Middle School will host its annual Open House. I spent a day in Shari's classroom late last week working hard 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 purchased costuming and props in the classroom long after the performances are all complete. I filled four huge cartons to overflowing with those items that we're not likely to need for future productions. They went to the lost and found. A couple of cartons of the "good stuff" went into the prop room.

    You would think that an English classroom should have a collection of some decent books in it, but Shari and I sort of go to extremes. Fortunately, I had brought a bunch of paper bags with me. I filled nine of them with old ARCs (advance reader copies) that I no longer cared about owning. A coordinator at juvenile hall will collect them in a couple of days and they'll get a whole new life.

    As I collected and neatly stacked the classroom sets of books (SPEAK, THE LAND, THE MISFITS, WITNESS, THE LAST BOOK IN THE UNIVERSE, LEFT FOR DEAD, 19 VARIETIES OF GAZELLE, BRONX MASQUERADE, etc.), and filled those shopping bags for juvenile hall, and filled a shelf in the office with the latest paperback purchases and 2005 ARCs, I also accumulated a very small pile of books to take back home. ("Like coals to Newcastle!" someone knowledgeable of our home might exclaim.) A few were ARCs of books that had gone on to win major awards. A couple were Richie's Picks titles that I wanted to have an extra copy of for booktalks. And I grabbed my copy of MORE THAN WORDS: THE SPEECHES OF MARIO CUOMO, which I used to delve into occasionally for inspiring "patriotic observances."

    Two ARCs on that stack for home were literally falling apart. One was Brenda Woods' EMAKO BLUE, which we just bought a new copy of for the classroom. It's been passed nonstop from kid to kid for a year now. The other, which from overuse is now a collection of loose pages nested in a cover, is Alex Flinn's FADE TO BLACK. Finally getting my own chance to read it last night, I had to grip it with two hands so that it wouldn't fall all over the room.

    "Night is when I think about dying. That's what I'm doing now, after midnight in the quiet hospital."

    It didn't take long to see why Shari's students have been enthusiastically turning each other on to FADE TO BLACK since its arrival in the classroom in January. Central to the story is a hate crime involving a baseball bat and the shattered windows of an occupied automobile. There is a victim, Alex Crusan, a HIV-positive high school student whose family recently moved from Miami to the small town of Pinedale. There is a witness, Daria, a fellow high school student with Down Syndrome. Then there is a football player, also from Pinedale High, Clinton Cole. We learn quickly from Clinton himself that he'd thrown a rock through a window of the Crusan house the night before. Did Clinton also, as Daria tells police, attack Alex's car when Alex was stopped at a red light early on the morning of October 27th?

    What Alex Flinn does so well here is to create three realistic and complex teen characters, all of whom have some secrets. She also writes so articulately about the elephant in the room: the continued fear and ignorance in America surrounding HIV and AIDS.

    " 'They told us before he came here that you couldn't get sick, just being near him. But I don't believe it for a minute. I mean, what if he cuts himself? He doesn't have those purple, blotchy things you always see on people with AIDS on TV. But still, there's all these molecules and particles and things, junk in the air. And what about dust mites?' I remember once, they told us in science class that dust is all people's skin and junk. Excuse me, but I don't want that guy's skin particles on me."

    In an exceptional article, "How a Young Adult Novelist Researches," published in VOYA and accessible online at [...] , Alex discusses a 2003 Minnesota AIDS Project study "in which researchers found that 43 percent of those surveyed did not know or were uncertain about whether HIV could be transmitted through a cough or a sneeze, and 38 percent did not know or were uncertain whether it could be transmitted from a toilet seat." Having done her homework, the author creates a consistent tone throughout the book that is revealing of the myths and the reality and how students are affected by them.

    "All the days


    he said hi

    just hi

    and I

    liked him."

    Alex Flinn has been steadily gaining a reputation among adolescents for creating high interest, realistic YA fiction that incorporates issues that matter to them. FADE TO BLACK will continue the spread of that reputation. I've got a dismantled ARC as testimony of that.

  • Its in good conditions I love the book thank you.

  • it was good till i got to the ending it was very predictable what was gonna i liked it happen afterwards

  • Alejandro "Alex" Crusan is a seventeen-years-old Latino and HIV positive. His family moved from Miami to Pinedale, Florida. No one in his new school will touch him, much less befriend him. The only one that does not avoid Alex is Daria, the girl with Down Syndrome. Everyone avoids her too. But someone nearby hates Alex enough to learn his daily routine, followed by taking a baseball bat to Alex's car. The windows shatter, throwing tiny glass shards over Alex. The shards act as knives.

    Daria does not lie. She tells the police what she saw. The police go after Clinton Cole.

    Clinton has been very vocal on his feelings about Alex being HIV positive from the beginning. Everyone agrees with Clinton; however, no one believes Alex deserves what happened to him. When everyone begins avoiding Clinton, the teen starts to understand how Alex's isolation feels. Clinton swears he did not do it. Yet no one believes him.

    **** Author Alex Flinn writes in a way that teens can relate to. She has taken a few taboo topics and created a mystery that young adults will enjoy trying to figure out, while learning about delicate subjects. I enjoyed the story very much and recommend it to all. ****

    Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.

  • Fade to Black
    Alex Flinn

    Crash, smash, crack! Someone has attacked Alex in his car en route to Duncan Donuts at 6:00 a.m. But who did it? A witness says she saw the suspect Clinton riding in the area, but was it really him? There's only one truth. Who will tell? HIV positive student, Alex Crusan was attacked one morning on his way to Duncan Donuts. A witness says she saw Clinton Cole riding his bike in the same area. Clinton has harassed Alex ever since the first day his family moved here, so it's easier to believe Clinton did it. However, Alex knew that his attacked was slim and Clinton is chubby, so it couldn't have been him. That morning Clinton went to the gas station to call his dad to wake him up. He went to the Gas-n-Sip instead of calling at home because he didn't want his mom to know. The real attacked was Davis McNeill, one of last year's seniors who played on the football team. Clinton has a letterman jacket just like Davis does, and that's why Alex thought his attacked could have been Clinton. This was an interesting book. It kept me waiting to see what happened next.
    This book had some exciting twists. For most of the book, it seems like Clinton did attack Alex's car, but then at the end we find out that the attacker was slim and not chubby like Clinton. Even after we find out that Clinton didn't do anything, it still seems like Alex might tell the cops it was Clinton, just to get revenge on all the bad things he's done to him. Near the end of the book, there was still one question left unanswered. Why was Clinton at the Gas-n-Sip so early in the morning? Ever since his mother and father divorced, Clinton has called his dad every Monday morning to wake him up. His dad drinks too much on the weekends and says that Mondays are the hardest.
    Clinton Cole was the most interesting character. He had three sides to him. He had a bully side, which he showed to Alex everyday, but he also had a softer side. He really cared about his dad and was sad that he'd moved away. Clinton was also sad about the fact that his dad was an alcoholic, but there was little he could do about that. Lastly, because his father wasn't at home, he had a protective side. Clinton felt that he was the man-of-the-house, and needed to protect his family. He threw the rock in the Crusan's window to scare them and to make sure that their daughter didn't play with his little sister because he didn't want her catching HIV.
    This author has a creative way of writing. It felt like the reader was inside the minds of all the characters. Because Daria, the only witness, had Down Syndrome, Mrs. Flinn wrote in stanzas and the words were spaced out like how Daria might really talk. Each chapter was like a journal entry from each character. This helped the reader know who was talking. The author makes the reader sweat to find out what will happen next. Alex finally gets a chance to talk to Clinton one-on-one, while still in the hospital. He tells Clinton that he knows it wasn't him, but of course he hasn't told the police yet. In their meeting, the two reach an agreement. The Crusans can't afford to move anywhere else, so Clinton agrees to leave the family alone and not to harass Alex anymore.
    Fade to Black was an interesting book. Even though Alex didn't have any friends throughout the whole book, he kept a cool head about it, until somebody crossed the line. In trying to figure out who his real attacked was, Alex was able to communicate with his mother and Clinton. Now both know how he feels and in some ways understand what he's going through.