Summer has a secret that is literally eating her up. Her friends and family try to make her face what they think is her real problem. But what they see is only a symptom of something much more sinister.
When Julie whirls back onto the scene, Summer’s carefully organised life begins to spin out of control, even as she unsuccessfully tries to avoid Ben, who just might be the nicest guy she has ever met.
Then Julie discovers Summer’s secret. Something she’s been hiding to protect the ones she loves. With the support of her new friends—and Ben—the question remains: Will peace be found before Summer fades?
“Amanda gets human nature—and she gets God’s heart. Her characters are believable and her dialogues are skillfully woven so that they are both engaging and insightful. Read Summer Fades. You’ll be glad you did.”
—Ty Gibson, author, A God Named Desire
"If you think that kids have it easy these days, you have not been listening to them. Our teens are in trouble. Specifically, our teen girls are in trouble. In this gripping account, Amanda Bews explores abuse, self-punishment and pain in the context of the normal and healthy activities associated with being an adolescent. Thisbook dares to tackle issues that are not uncommon in the experience of adolescent girls in Australia; every therapist has heard the stories, sat with the pain and contained their own anger and sense of helplessness. Bews’ book is honest, direct, captivating, edgy and relevant. Summer Fades is not written to make you feel comfortable. It is written to highlight issues and to leave the reader with a hope born in the belief that change and healing can, and do, occur. In this, her second novel, Bews writes with clarity, passion and a deep understanding of the relevant emotional issues that young people grapple with. This book also demonstrates an ongoing maturing of her literary style. Like her first book, Summer Fades is an excellent resource for parents, youth workers, school counsellors and teachers."
—Paul Bogacs, Adventist Counselling Service, Sydney