by Jennifer Banash
Source: ARC Review Copy
Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 4th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile
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A gritty, atmospheric coming of age tale set in 1980s New York City.
Seventeen-year-old Cat is living every teenager’s dream: she has her own apartment on the Lower East Side and at night she’s club kid royalty, guarding the velvet rope at some of the hottest clubs in the city. The night with its crazy, frenetic, high-inducing energy—the pulsing beat of the music, the radiant, joyful people and those seductive white lines that can ease all pain—is when Cat truly lives. But her daytime, when real life occurs, is more nightmare than dream. Having spent years suffering her mother’s emotional and physical abuse, and abandoned by her father, Cat is terrified and alone—unable to connect to anyone or anything. But when someone comes along who makes her want to truly live, she’ll need to summon the courage to confront her demons and take control of a life already spinning dangerously out of control.
Both poignant and raw, White Lines is a gripping tale and the reader won’t want to look away.
Truly and completely amazing! White Lines is one of those that just stays with you. Grips you heart and soul and tells you, "Hah! As if I'm going to let go!" Yeah that's what it told me. I can't go over it!
Cat, oh what can I say about Cat? I want to hug the girl. I can't completely empathize with everything she's been through but I can sympathize. 17 is a crucial year for any teenager and having the parents she has made NOTHING easier. When she be getting excited about finishing up high school soon and moving on to college she is doing drugs to escape everything and clubbing. Although I loathe and do NOT condone the use and abuse of drugs, I totally get why she did them. All she really needed was a hug from her mum or her dad instead she's saddled with abuse from her mother and neglect from her father. NOT COOL! Let me say that I am not the crying type. At all. I've seen some things that would make and macho man bawl like a baby and I was dry-faced (so not a word! :D) but White Lines? Yep had me tearing up every few pages! I had a meeting I had to go to and I showed up to said meeting with red eyes! Probably thought I was having a mental breakdown or was high off of some drug or another. I literally had to pull the book out and read the passage that had me tearing up!
Jennifer, two thumbs up on the writing! Loved how everything flowed. It wasn't "Ahhh, hold to your canoes because we're going down!" or "Ahhh...sleepy time on my floaty whilst I soak up the rays in this pool." It was perfect. There were small spikes of awesomeness to keep me turning the page that lead up the climax. Man, what a climax! I mean, I know that what happened would happen but I still couldn't put it down. ALWAYS a good thing!
If you haven't already picked up your copy of this AMAZING book by this ASTOUNDING author then you are very seriously missing out! How many times can I say highly recommended before it become redundant? *shrugs* Eh. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND WHITE LINES!
Thank you Jennifer for my awesome ARC!
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