Fade to Black
Alex is HIV positive, though his mother is always quick to explain that he contracted the deadly virus through a blood transfusion. That immediately puts him on the outs with everyone in his new high school, except Daria, a girl with Downs Syndrome who knows exactly what it is like to feel like an outsider. Alex is harassed by his fellow students, especially one boy named Clinton Cole.
Everything comes to a head when Alex is attacked while driving in his car. Daria is the only witness and Clinton is the suspect. Sounds pretty straightforward, doesnt it? Except it isnt and thats where the story really gets good. Ms. Flinn has really captured all of the nuances of small town life. The truth is never simple.
As I dont want to give anything key to the story away, Ill have to stop there. The book raises some really interesting questions and I doubt any two people will read it in exactly the same way.
I recommend this book for ages 14 and up, boys or girls.
This book tells you the story of fade the black out the eyes of three different people, Alex, Daria, and Clinton. the whole story begins with alex moving here and being critized because he has HIV/AIDS. The story is really good and i give it five stars. I will leave the rest of the reading to you all.
Books told from multiple perspectives always tend to be interesting, and "Fade to Black" is no exception as the story is told alternately from the first person voices of Clint, an insecure bigot; Daria, a girl with Down Syndrome; and Alex, whose recent diagnosis of HIV has left him with plenty of personal and family issues. Personally, I found Clint to be highly annoying and Daria, whose narrative was told solely in free verse poems (a device that was nice in its uniqueness, if not particularly realistic) to be underdeveloped, and the story might have been even stronger if it focused solely on Alex. However, I can also see Flinn's reasons for using all three voices, and she did achieve certain messages through it that she might not have achieved through a single voice. The other problem I had was the somewhat old-fashioned view of HIV/ AIDS, including the school's need to tell the entire student body about Alex's condition, but Flinn does explain some of this as the story goes along. All in all, this was a fairly powerful book that tackled a lot of sensitive issues without becoming too heavy handed.