Thursday, April 4, 2013

ARC Review: White Lines by Jennifer Banash

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.

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First line:
It's seven a.m., and the sidewalks are dotted with men in double-breasted gray suits, punks in shades of dust and ash, girls crawling home after a night out, mascara smeared and sticky as tar.
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Format:
Print ARC received from author for an honest review - THANK YOU!!
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Publish Date:
April 4, 2013
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Rating:
4 stars out of 5
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White Lines is definitely not for the faint of heart. It's full of drugs, alcohol, and abuse. But despite all that, it's the story of a lonely and confused girl trying to find her place in the world. When we meet Cat, she's already submerged in the club world. We watch her being dragged down into this dark pit, where no light shines. She becomes more heavily addicted to cocaine and she feels like there is no place she belongs and no one that loves her.

Cat's story was heartbreaking. She's been abused by her mother since she was a toddler, her father looked the other way before he remarried, and now she's living in her own apartment. So when she first enters The Tunnel, she feels like she's found someplace where she belongs. And she's sucked deeper and deeper into the whirlwind of drugs, alcohol, and partying, despite her best friend Sara voicing her concerns.

I feel like I didn't really get to know the supporting characters, but I also feel that this was appropriate for this book. Cat has built walls around herself and doesn't let anybody in or allow anybody to let her in. I am really curious about Cat's mother's childhood, because of some of the stuff alluded to in the book.

Jennifer writes with beautiful detail and descriptions. I also loved the dreams that were included on darker pages. It did take me awhile to figure out how they fit into the story, though. I really hope that she'll give Ethan and Giovanni their own stories.

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