Until It Fades Book Review
For all my single, lonely, hockey fans out there?
Author: K. A. Tucker
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication date: June 27th, 2017
My rating: 3/5
Buy it: Indigo.ca | Amazon.com |simonandschuster.ca
Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.
And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.
Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.
For a time.
But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.
Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?
The cover is cute, it doesn’t really draw me in if I’m going to be totally honest. It’s cute. Really is all I can say.
The font is kind of classy, I really liked that. Its sort of dainty and makes me wonder if it’s Cath’s handwriting.
For all my single hockey fans, join me on this unbelievable story of love. Literally. How many of you out there save a renowned hockey player’s life and end up getting down with them. Actually, read this book on Valentine’s Day, just so you can hate your current love life all the more. Okay, okay, I’m sorry. I sound like a bitter, loveless cat-lady, but I don’t know what it is with me and romantic contemporaries. The book didn’t feel very genuine to me. I couldn’t connect with it.
The writing on the other hand is what pushed me to give the book 3 stars. I really loved Ms. Tucker’s writing technique, but her characters are a different story.
In the first chapter I was really into the story. We find that Catherine Wright’s Art teacher had gotten her to fall in love with him, and sparked a student teacher affair that everyone knows leads to no good. Her mother finds out about the affair and is immediate to report the perverted teacher to the town’s police department. An idea to which her daughter Catherine is not on board with. I felt exactly every emotion Catherine was feeling, it was the kind of anger and passion I would expect from a hopelessly in love teenager. I was so amped up at the way her town treated her and how completely horrible the patriarchal system is, and how unfairly cruel the world can be to a sixteen year old girl.
Her mother was fantastic. The way she reacted to the situation was just right, and exemplary to how all mothers should react to something like this. Oh jeez, I just realized how much this book is about motherhood, especially since Mother’s Day happened two days ago. It was basic feminist-progressive thinking 101.
Catherine Wright’s daughter is cute, but not my favourite kid. Her personality was bland, and despite her mothering believing that she was observant and smart, did not come off as bright to me.
Our grand finale? Of course, Brett Madden–The Brett Madden. The amount of times I read that phrase in the book is just… annoying. I don’t know guys, I’m really not into the whole “perfect man”. Like to me this story worked out too precisely and La La like that I found myself thinking, “but would he really do that? Would anyone really do that?” Maybe its the realist in me that ruined the rest of the story.
Don’t get me wrong. I did feel sorry for Catherine at times, I really don’t appreciate anyone being treated the way she got treated frankly. But I felt like the whole time she was just whining about her financial problems and how poor she is, and that all her dreams for her child’s happiness was centred around how much money she would need to make it happen. Then suddenly Brett Madden solves all her problems. And hey! He’s also the perfect man to be with because a.) He’s filthy rick and b.) he’s soooooo good looking. I don’t know, I really don’t like to believe that not only can a man be the cause of your problems, a few years down the road he can also be your solution if you wait around long enough. No thank you.
I did find myself laughing at a few jokes written in the book, and it was nice to relieve some of the tension. I would recommend this book to anyone who’s willing to fall in love with a story no questions asked, but I’m too rational, annoying, and picky about those things.
Thank you Simon & Schuster and K. A. Tucker for the book in exchange for an honest review.
Note to author if she reads this:
To K. A. Tucker:
I really appreciate you making our home team win the game in your story ;) Only a true Torontonian would do that ❤.