Monday, November 25, 2013

White Lines by Jennifer Banash Book Review

White Lines by Jennifer Banash
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Published Date: April 4th 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Contemporary 

(I love the cover BTW------>)

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.

Review: 4 out of 5 stars
I harbored over the release of this book so hard and for so long but it didn't exactly meet my expectations. Its possible I was too eager and hyped it up more than I should have. Don't get me wrong its a good book but I just thought there would be more shock value. I think I honestly thought it would have been different and that soured it for me, just a bit.

The story is set in New York (the best city ever) it tells the story of Cat a teenaged girl in too deep. She's stretching herself thin at night at the club where she works. She's been put out of her upper crust school and now goes to a school for troubled rich kids. She's doing drugs and partying harder than she should. Not to mention her mother is evil and her father may as well be absent for all the attention he gives her. Oh and she lives alone.

The story follows Cat's hardships, her downfalls, anxiety, recovery, and a chance at first love and reconciliation. I loved the book for its realness and the strength of the characters. The characters literally pop off the pages with how real they are.

The writing is beautiful and every scene paints a realistic three dimensional picture of NYC. That was my favorite part by far. The author was on the mark with this.

For what its worth this is a good story for teens and adults alike.  Its perfect for anyone who's been through something difficult. There's easily something or someone to relate to.

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