On Sale: August 24, 2010
Featuring: Benji; Hilda
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Young Adult Contemporary
An offbeatÂ and unexpectedly moving debut novel about two
teenagers who let their obsession with celebrity death
interfere with living life.
IN THE END WE ALL FADE TO BLACK.
Pink-haired Hilda and oddball loner Benji are not your
typical teenagers. Instead of going to parties or hanging
out at the mall, they comb the city streets and suburban
culs-de-sac of Los Angeles for sites of celebrity murder and
suicide. Bound by their interest in the macabre, Hilda and
Benji neglect their schoolwork and their social lives in
favor of prowling the most notorious crime scenes in
Hollywood history and collecting odd mementos of celebrity
Hilda and Benjiâ€™s morbid pastime takes an unexpected turn
when they meet Hank, the elderly, reclusive tenant of a
dilapidated Echo Park apartment where a silent movie star
once stabbed himself to death with a pair of scissors. Hilda
feels a strange connection with Hank and comes to care
deeply for her paranoid new friend as they watch old movies
together and chat the sweltering afternoons away. But when
Hankâ€™s downstairs neighbor Jake, a handsome screenwriter,
inserts himself into the equation and begins to hint at
Hankâ€™s terrible secrets, Hilda must decide what it is sheâ€™s
come to Echo Park searching for . . . and whether her
fascination with death is worth missing out on life.
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