Fade to Black – Alex Flinn


What really happened
on Monday, October 27, at 6:00 a.m.?

The facts: Alex Crusan, an HIV-positive student, was attacked by an assailant who shattered the windows of his car with a baseball bat. Alex is in the hospital with multiple injuries.

The suspect: Clinton Cole was seen riding his bike in the vicinity that morning. And sure, he has problems with Alex. He might even have harassed him at school. But he’d never do something like this. Would he?

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

The victim: After the windshield shattered, Alex ducked under the steering wheel. But he knows what he saw. Now he must decide what he wants to tell.

Three people, three perspectives — one truth. Who will tell it?

This was a powerful book, though I liked Breathing Underwater better. Clinton is a character that I didn’t really like, but as the book progressed, I started to understand his perspective and feel sorry for him. Alex was someone that you really just wanted to reach out and hug. It was interesting to read the sections done by “Daria,” since she has a disability and uses poetry to communicate her feelings. – Jessica, Teen Librarian


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