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TATUM is the only person at school who knew the truth about the affair her best friend, Claudette, has been having with Mr. Paracini, their married teacher. And at the time, confiding in an adult seemed like the right thing to do. But now, everyone in town has turned against Tatum, painting her as a liar and a rat. As the bullying from her classmates escalates, it seems thTATUM is the only person at school who knew the truth about the affair her best friend, Claudette, has been having with Mr. Paracini, their married teacher. And at the time, confiding in an adult seemed like the right thing to do. But now, everyone in town has turned against Tatum, painting her as a liar and a rat. As the bullying from her classmates escalates, it seems that nowhere is safe for her anymore.MOLLY, a hitchhiker, was brutally murdered in the early 1970s, but there is no afterlife for her. Instead, she has found herself marooned with a crowd of other people who have also died tragically. Molly is able to fade back to earth for a few fleeting moments, and when she fades, she finds herself hitchhiking once again, and telling the unsuspecting drivers, things about their future that only she can see.One foggy night, Tatum sneaks out for a drive. The teenage hitchhiker she picks up doesn’t talk much, until she suddenly turns to Tatum and says: “You’re going to die. It will hurt and you’ll be alone. And no one will help you.”And then she disappears. As the two girls’ stories converge, Tatum and Molly will discover that they must first figure out how to help the other in order to save themselves....

Title : When They Fade
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ISBN : 9780385754156
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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When They Fade Reviews

  • Hannah Greendale
    2019-06-04 08:08

    When They Fade is the story of two girls -- one alive, one dead -- whose lives are about to intersect. What sets this book apart is how the author pays tribute to the little details that bring a story to life by evoking the senses, like the squelching of mud or the way fog coils around one's ankles: As he killed me, the last thing I smelled was the wildflowers. The meadow was full of them. Millions. Seeds stuck in my hair. Flattened beneath my back, tickling my bare arms and legs, as my blood dripped down to nourish their roots. They'd be dead now. Wilted away as winter sucked the warmth from their stems. I used to stand right in the shallow water and wiggle my toes until they were covered. The moist sand was grainy and cushy against my skin. It made a wet sucking noise when I freed myself. Perfect for a hot day. This book is gripping from page one and remains thoroughly entertaining all the way to the final page. The tension is subtle but consistent throughout. Occasionally the book hits the creepy factor quite nicely. And the stakes are always high. This compelling read is highly recommended.

  • Amanda
    2019-06-12 08:16

    Part ghost story, part real life horrors young people face throughout time. Oh man, do the non-supernatural horrors in this book send chills up the spine!This book is sharp, thrilling and with enough ghastly moments (both in humanity and the beyond) to keep you turning the pages. Great addition to the YA Horror Genre that has seen a steady audience, and continues to draw in teen readers. Definitely something I will recommend to fans of this genre.

  • Trisha
    2019-05-25 03:54

    This was an interesting story. It takes a little time to get used to the idea of this afterlife. Molly is no longer living, but she does get very infrequent times when she "fades" and visits as a hitchhiker. She can touch someone living and secrets are revealed to her. She tries to help those that she comes in to contact with. She believes she does.But then she bumps into Tatum. She touches Tatum's hand and gets a very different secret from her.Tatum is in danger.Tatum's POV, on the other hand, is very much alive. But full of a pretty miserable life. Claudette, an old best friend, has made it her mission to bully Tatum and make her life as awful as possible in as many ways as possible. Both stories for each girl slowly unfold and we learn more of what they each went through as we spiral closer to the final showdown. It definitely a different kind of story.

  • Amanda
    2019-06-17 08:05

    I couldn't get into the story. All the characters were forgettable, and I found myself unattached to all of them.Things were unbelievable, like the damage done to Tatum's car in the school parking lot, and not one person saw or heard anything. She kept shrugging off Mollys warning too. Not a bit concerned that these kids she grew up with may in fact physically hurt her. I'm still confused why Levi is the one who stabbed her. Mollys world was boring. I didn't get attached to her either. I was expecting some sort of answer to why her and others Fade, and why they're stuck in that afterlife.

  • Julie Jerles
    2019-05-26 04:52

    2.5* I think the author tried to do too much with this story, and the plot just didn’t mesh well for me. I liked the ending though, however so 2.5 stars for me.

  • P.M.
    2019-06-07 04:13

    Mean girls and serial killers? Quite a combination!

  • Jess
    2019-05-31 05:16

    How to tell the story of 21st century bullying in a way that doesn't seem preachy? Weave it with a paralleling story of 20th century cult life. That's what Roberts does so right here - identifying cultural markers in common in generations that are often painted in opposing colors.I have a few sort of small things that bugged me, though, especially in light of her work mentioned above: (1) in the afterlife, Molly befriends 2 of the Whitest souls, while telling the reader how diverse it is there. Diversity chatter felt like an afterthought. (2) Tatum? Claudette? Juniper? Graham? These sound like names I gave my Barbies because I had access to a baby name book and thought it was cool. Or maybe this is how it goes in WA? (3) It's sweet that Molly thinks she can just talk Tatum's bullies into sense - I hope this is just her naive flower-child-ness and not some genuine practice for the character who, frankly, should know more than anyone that you can't talk down crazy. Other than that, Roberts' story and writing are satisfying. I didn't feel the need to correct grammar or language, and the narrative follows a nice path with a decent resolution. Highlight: I love that's Roberts tackles the afterlife. Her theory of haunting is a fun break from so many paranormal tropes. It gets a little blurry when the main characters become cross-dimensional friends, but it's a creative and thoughtful imagining of a mostly ridiculous science.

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-29 08:56

    This novel explores both murder and the extremes that bullying unchecked can lead to, drawing an interesting parallel between the two. While I found Molly to be the more sympathetic of the protagonists, Roberts also made me understand why Tatum was the way she was. Haunting and beautiful in its way, this should make us think about the thin line between bullying and something worse.

  • ❤ArtfullySinful❤
    2019-06-05 02:10

    A sob catches in my throat as the words leave my lips. "What do you mean?" She says to me?But I can't answer. I'm fading away into the gray upholstery. I see her face. Eyes wide and terrified. Curious. She can't believe what's happening. Reality just won't allow her to believe. Later she'll find ways to convince herself that she made the whole thing up. I pray with all my heart that she doesn't.Molly Bellinger, only fifteen in the early sixties, back when her peasant blouse, sandals and whimsical naive innocents still fluttered around her. Back when she had a family, before fleeing form them, sneaking away to hide out with the boy Jullian and his newly adopted family, a family of travelers, who she first encountered with her best friend Andrea at Woodstock. Packing her bags, she leaves With Jullian, leaving without ever speaking to her father or brother Marcus again, still believing in her heart she'll hear from them again, until Walter, the fatherly figure of the group with roaming eyes, brutally kidnaps her, brutally torturing her with knives within the old barn hidden away, while feeding lies to her fiance Jullian and his wife Olivia. As her wrists are bled raw again and again, she realizes all too soon, that escape is impossible, especially with a sadistic death agreed upon her. Molly's death, is the reason she meets Parker, a boy murdered in the 1900s, and Mary, still strapped to her corset, remembering the way her killer slashed her to ribbons, returning to haunt the living that so carelessly forgotten about her horrific end. During the Fade, they return to places significant before their death's, and for Molly, hitchhiking on Frog Road and spilling the truth about what's happening behind people's backs, is exactly what save sixteen year old Tatum's life.Tatum has lived in constant harassment and abuse, feeling the torment from fellow students after her best friend since Kindergarten, Claudia begins having an affair with their teacher, falling in love as madness begins pooling in the girl's heart. Claudia allows Tatum to take the fall once she can't hold the secrets from Claudia any more, before turning everyone against her. From harassment over Facebook, to constant midnight texts and phone calls, pain seemed to be clearly etched into Tatum's life, until Molly makes an appearance, doing everything in her power, even risking her soul to save her. Scott, as he begins slipping into love with Tatum, lives through the tortures of befriending her, having his own tires slash before him and Tatum are jumped on the side of the road, him knocked unconscious with a bat while Claudia tries to murder Tatum, in front of the entire school. Molly and Parker do everything they can do to fight the Remnants, those put into p[lace to stop the Ghosts from returning to the living, before Levi, one of Claudia's loyal followers, drives a knife into Tatum's stomach, leaving Molly alone and left to tell the dying girl her last request: the way Molly died. After seeing Molly one more time, Molly finds herself within the place of the middle, as the ghosts around her build up a new life, one not centered around anguish of remembering the memories that haunt them, but free to experience everything it once meant to be alive.

  • Barbara
    2019-06-23 02:54

    Tortured and murdered savagely in 1970, sixteen-year-old Molly is able to communicate with drivers who pass by the section of the road where she and others like her hang out. She can foretell the future for those whose lives she touches briefly, but in the case of Tatum who picks her up one night, she sees a terrible end for the teenager. Tatum has become the object of ever-increasing bullying, prompted by her former best friend Claudette. It all starts simply enough. Claudette confesses her romantic entanglements with Mr. Paracini, a married teacher at their school, Hamilton High, and enlists Tatum's help in covering for her. Tatum does so until it's clear that she can no longer keep the secret, and things get out of hand. To save her friend who seems to be in over her head, she goes to the school principal. The two guilty parties deny everything, and Claudette even sets things up so that it looks as though Tatum is the one crushing on the teacher, and making things up in retaliation for his rejection. But that isn't all of it. Claudette is not someone who lets any slights go. She systematically builds a face-to-face and online campaign against Tatum, now labeled a snitch, and keeps fanning the flames of annoyance toward Tatum harder and harder. Molly is able to see how all these incidents of harassment and bullying will end, and she warns Tatum that she will die alone and in great pain. Despite her fears about the systematic campaign against her as it grows worse ever day, Tatum becomes convinced that she must somehow figure out how to help Molly pass over to her final resting place and investigates her death. I enjoyed the appearance of both girls, and the juxtaposition of supernatural horror against the horrors of a cruel, revengeful popular girl who destroys others in order to save herself. The passages concerning Claudette are vividly written and chilling in their sheer normality. I could totally see something like this easily happening.

  • Caitie
    2019-06-13 06:08

    I feel like this should've been two books--a ghost story and a contemporary one about bullying. Mixing the two together seemed a little bit strange, separately they would've been good books. (Maybe, neither seemed to be fleshed out enough.)Another part of the problem I had with this book was how Tatum was treated by those around her. Like her parents, it really didn't seem like they believed her story. And the school wouldn't have acted the way they did. I get that this book took place in a small town but come on! The school would've taken it seriously, any accusations like that are taken's weird that the school automatically assumed that Tatum was lying. I don't know, this book didn't make a whole lot of sense. Oh well, it was just too bad because I do like a good ghost story.

  • Meghan Overbury
    2019-06-21 07:58

    THIS BOOK THOUGH. Honestly I've been in such a reading slump lately and this was exactly the way to get me out of it! I love love loved the way that Roberts played around with your "typical" ghost mythology, and I felt such a connection to Molly the whole book! Some of the secondary characters could have been fleshed out a bit more, but that's typical for a YA book of this size (especially a standalone). I couldn't put this one down.

  • Jackie Lynn
    2019-06-16 05:54

    I'm not sure what I expected when I started this book. But when I finished, it definitely was a game changer. It had many ups and downs, and some may finish it thinking the story line was very predictable and unrealistic, but I say otherwise. The bullying Tatum endured was very real in my eyes, and the pain Molly went through in the moments before her death were also horrific. The ending dragged on a tiny bit, but overall I enjoyed this immensely.

  • Jen
    2019-05-26 05:53

    I really liked this story told from two very different perspectives. The afterlife that Molly describes is very different from what I expected. The story has some very dark elements- grisly murders described with great detail and severe bullying- but despite the darkness- there was a message of hope.

  • Korei Dixon
    2019-06-19 03:09

    This book was a great read! The characters were well thought out and the plot was just as good. Robert's writing style is always amazing and I found myself finishing the book in three days. Worth every penny!

  • Kathleen
    2019-06-23 09:08

    Super suspenseful horror story with a winning recipe of a great setting, high school angst, and paranormal twists. Some moments of the story remind me of the TV show Criminal Minds, and also some Stephen King stories.

  • Sabi Edwards
    2019-06-15 02:08

    I liked this book BUT wanted the main character to die...I found her to be too real LOL, she's got that whole teen attitude going for her LOL

  • Aja Thomas
    2019-05-25 05:56

    I personally didn't like this book because it wasn't interesting until the very end.

  • K
    2019-06-18 07:00

    I really enjoyed this book.

  • Christina Cici_Mf_Lee
    2019-06-21 07:59

    This book was actually really good. It kept me turning the pages until the very end. I'm 26, so I enjoy a good young adult novel. Some are too corny and a bit too immature for me, but this book wasn't. This book was perfect. The way this story is told is cool. It goes from Tatum to Molly. It tells both of their stories, until their lives intersect. That's when things get interesting. Tatum and Claudette were best friends for a long time. Claudette started having an affair with a teacher. She had a pregnancy scare, and Tatum being the good friend she is, she told the guidance counselor. She should have never said anything. Somehow, everything gets turned around on Tatum, so she looks like the bad guy, when really she was just trying to protect and be a good friend to Claudette. Claudette got a big head because she was having an affair with a teacher, and she became obsessed. Tatum was bullied by everyone including her ex best friend Claudette. Tatum was made out to be the girl who was "obsessed" with the teacher, when it was really Claudette the whole time. Since Claudette was popular, she had the whole school believing Tatum had mental issues and that she lied about everything. Tatum was bullied from then on out just trying to do the right thing. In the end, the truth comes out with the help of Molly. Molly is a ghost that was murdered when she was 16 years old. She was a hitchhiker, and she haunts frog road. That's where Molly and Tatums lives intersect. Since Molly can see into humans futures, She hitched a ride in Tatumns car, touched her hand, told Tatum she was going to die a very slow death all alone. Tatum doesn't believe her, and throughout the story, Tatum is trying to "help" Molly pass over. Molly doesn't need to pass over. She's there to help Tatum. Tatum doesn't realize until the very end that her life is in danger. Molly and Tatum help each other in the very end. Its awesome to read about a human and a teenage ghost having a friendship. I thought it was a very unique story. In the end, Molly saves Tatum, and Tatum saves Molly in her own way. I don't want to spoil the whole story, so ill leave it at that. At times, Tatum REALLY pissed me off. She kept believing Claudette wouldn't kill her because of their past friendship, when in reality Claudette was too far gone to give a shit about Tatum. Tatums heart was too pure. Molly hated that Tatum was so pure, that she couldn't see that Claudette was planning to kill her. If I would have been Tatum, I would have beat Claudettes ass as soon as she put her hands on me. I wouldn't let myself get beat up. Tatum wouldn't fight back, and that really bothered me. In the end, everybody who bullied Tatum for no reason get what they deserve. I loved Molly as a character. She was a super cool, hippie hitchhiker ghost who wanted to save Tatum. That's all Molly wanted to do in the story. This author is incredible. I love how this book is fantasy and reality at the same time. I have never read a book where a human has a friend that's a ghost, so that's the main appeal of this book to me. I give this book 5 stars. Its Definately a book I would recommend, even for adults. Just because a book is a young adult novel, doesn't mean an older adult wouldn't enjoy it, because I really did. I also love how it goes back in time when Woodstock was going on. The way the author described Woodstock is exactly how I pictured it even before reading this book. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading every single page of this book. I will Definately be looking for more books by this author. A unique story. Unique plots. Unique climax. Unique everything! Anyone who didn't enjoy this story, theirs got to be something wrong with them. This book gives you a little bit of life, and a little bit of death. That's the type of stories that intrigue me. Great job Jeyn Roberts! Give me more!

  • Amanda Judd
    2019-06-11 01:54

    From the time I saw this book on the shelf, I knew I had to read it. And when I read the summary, my hands started shaking. My heart was pounding the entire time, every moment until I put the book down.The idea that an entire town. Can gang up on a single girl is unbelievably cruel, even more so considering it's all based on hearsay. As the bullying escalates, Tatum slowly runs out of places to hide to the point where I am terrified for her, just as the author wanted. Absolutely read this book. It is worth the time, and deserving of the effort.

  • Aroog
    2019-06-13 02:54

    So incredible. Excellent portrayal of violence and the damage it can do, as well as the emotional hell that having an entire small town agains you can be. Love the supernatural elements and the characterization and the female friendship and all of it!

  • Fiona
    2019-06-11 06:58

    Great book! Molly and Tatum were both such appealing characters, who quickly drew me right into the story. The supporting cast were also well-rounded and complex individuals who only enhanced the central tales.Molly is a dead flower-child, who exists in maybe-purgatory and was murdered at 16. She introduces us to a world of similarly trapped souls, all of whom died in similarly horrible circumstances. It's a pretty grim place, and none of them really know how it works, just the obvious facts. Nothing really changes; Molly breaks a paper lantern and seconds later it's back on the string and whole. No-one needs to eat, sleep, or breathe, and other than occasional Fades to haunt the living (involuntary), everyone essentially just sits around.Tatum, by contrast, is living in a hell of her best friend's creation. To avoid spoilers: Claudette, the best friend, had secrets which Tatum revealed in an attempt to help. This was turned back on her, and both her school peers and entire rest of the town have now turned on her. It was a bit of a stretch there for me, simply just because of the level of vitriol directed her way without even a single supporter to say "Hey, maybe slashing a 16-year-old's tyres and throwing flaming bottles through her window is going too far". However, the author avoided going the route of the perfect but persecuted super-angel, giving Tatum her own set of flaws that kept this end of the tale heart-breakingly raw and otherwise realistic.(view spoiler)[ I did want just a little more resolution on Molly's story though. I mean - I just felt there was more going on with how she died, and there were definite allusions to Julian being more involved than he was. I know she's had 40 years to come to terms with everything that happened - twice as long as she was alive - but I would have thought there would have been just a little internal conflict when she discovered she could get back to Earth (hide spoiler)]All in all a great read that had me glued to the pages right up until we reached that breakneck ending.

  • TJL
    2019-06-11 02:11

    Five stars.Amazing.Loved every second of it.The author's take on the afterlife (at least for the "Haunters") was amazing. How things panned out in that direction were wonderful.Tatum... Oh man, her story was hard to read. It was so hard knowing she'd been framed by Claudette and that everyone was doing such awful crap to her. Like Molly, I wanted to slap her a couple of times and say "Oh my GOD a ghost just told you you're gonna die PAY ATTENTION!" But there was sweet, sweet justice in the end, and I loved it.I also liked how the author painted Claudette in a sort of gray-area. Mr. Paracini was an asshole and undoubtedly harbored the lion's share of the blame, but Claudette was no wilting-flower innocent victim, either. Aside from the crap that she pulled with Tatum, she literally says at the beginning that if the affair ever came to light she'd claim that Paracini forced himself on her- so, basically, she was going to accuse him of raping her and that she wasn't consenting whatsoever. What a bitch. Molly. Oh man, Molly. Along with the other "Haunters", it was so difficult to watch her reflect on her life knowing how things ended for her. Even though things did work out somewhat in the end for them, it hurts knowing that she hasn't had a chance to reunite with her family or friends in the afterlife, and probably never will.Great, great book.

  • Jen
    2019-06-13 09:10

    I decided to mark this as DNF for now. I received the egalley through Edelweiss to review, but since it just doesn't interest me enough and I have plenty other things to do, I did not want to push this one when I know I won't enjoy it that much.While the story sounded interesting, the alternaring point of views is strange in that one is told from first perspective and the other from third. Tatum, the alive girl who is being ostracized by her entire town for a lie her friend told, is actually sort of an annoying character. She just lets everything happen to her, never fights back, and basically ignores everything Molly says if it isn't what she wants to hear. Molly, the ghost, is a bit better of a character, but doesn't really strike me as all that spectacular either.The style of writing itself is good, but there are some flaws. Particularly when writing flashbacks describing Molly's life before her death and Tatum's before the lie was spread. During these times the flashbacks would be thrown in at strange moments, and within them the narrative would fade back into the 'present' for a moment or hint at the present (writing in hindsight) before suddenly going back to the past. Much of the story seems predictable, especially with the obvious potential love interest, and I just decided I wasn't interested enough or could relate to the characters enough to continue this book right now.

  • Megan Lyons
    2019-06-19 08:11

    1 1/2 starsI didn't enjoy this book. It was very slow moving for the most part, and the characters were not very likable, especially Tatum. I did not feel particularly emotionally attached to anyone. Characters also had an annoying habit of ignoring all warnings, despite every reason to believe them. The concept was kind of interesting, but I never felt particularly immersed in any of the different stories (Tatum's, Molly's present, Molly's past). There were too many things, and none were as engaging as I would have liked.I likely would have given this a low 2 star rating until the end, but the climax was a mess. It was chaotic, and a bit ridiculous. It lacked logic and consistency. I was also never really given resolution in the supernatural side of things. It was never really explained. I think that some of the topics in here are important ones. Bullying and victim blaming are very relevant issues. I just don't think they were executed very well. Also, I think going into the details of some of what happened to Molly was unnecessary. So, yes, the general story line might appeal to some readers, but between the slow pace and messy conclusion, I thought this was a bit of a miss.I received an ARC of this novel*

  • Shannon Ozirny
    2019-06-17 08:18

    My Globe and Mail review:Paranormal remains a four-letter word in YA following the huge boom, but here’s an irresistible hodgepodge plot with ghosts, romance, a serial killer and Woodstock. Tatum lives in the present day, terrorized by bullies. Molly has lived in a static afterlife since her murder in the 1970s, occasionally “fading” back to life as a prophesying hitchhiker ghost. When the teens meet on the highway, their stories converge and both end up in dire situations (yes, these exist in the afterlife, too). But this is benign terror. All the characters are perpetually wide-eyed with surprise, repeatedly ignoring warnings of doom. More problematic are the details of Molly’s brutal murder, held off until the climax for a big reveal that feels unpleasantly sadistic. Still, it’s a supersized urban legend that will sate those fall guilty/ghostly cravings.

  • Mara
    2019-06-19 02:13

    Really great twist on the "hitchhiking ghost" myth that sucked me right in! The strange afterlife concept was neat, and I liked Molly. The brutality that Tatum faces on a daily basis made me cringe at times, and I had a difficult time being convinced that so many kids were involved and that so many are there at the end. It was too much, I thought. I liked how Tatum's parents weren't entirely convinced, but would have especially liked a scene at the end with her father. I also wanted a scene with Tatum and the teacher before everything happened-- what was he like as he taught his class and she sat there knowing the secret? Overall, a great ghost story with a mostly satisfying ending-- perfect for October!"Sometimes it's easier to keep the faith than lose trust." (p. 292)

  • Rebecca
    2019-06-24 07:59

    I received an advanced reader copy of this book because I work at a bookstore and I have to say that I was a bit hesitant at first. I haven't read a ghost story since I was about 12 years old so I was afraid this one might be a bit juvenile for my reading preferences; however, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was not the case!I really enjoyed this book and I felt like it was well paced and character development was good. I enjoy stories with alternating points of view as well so that was an added bonus!

  • J.arves
    2019-05-31 07:54

    Started skimming about the last third--it was too convenient to have the dead people save the day and the last scenes were way over the top to be believable. It's as if the author didn't know how to get out of the plot so she just threw everything in. Characters were all too weak--not one good thing in the bad side and too many secrets--Tatum couldn't talk to anyone just so the plot could keep getting darker and more unrealistic (destroying her car completely would have taken time and people would have seen it; EVERYONE on the bad girl's side; clueless parents and administration and police)