White Lines [NOOK Book]


I don?t want to be this person anymore, but I?ve been running for so long, I don?t know how to stop, how to stand still, how to begin again.

Seventeen-year-old Cat is club kid royalty, with the power to decide who gets past the velvet rope at some of the hottest clubs in the city. She lives for the night with its high-inducing energy, pulsing music and those seductive white lines that can ease all pain. Her days are something else entirely. ...
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I don’t want to be this person anymore, but I’ve been running for so long, I don’t know how to stop, how to stand still, how to begin again.

Seventeen-year-old Cat is club kid royalty, with the power to decide who gets past the velvet rope at some of the hottest clubs in the city. She lives for the night with its high-inducing energy, pulsing music and those seductive white lines that can ease all pain. Her days are something else entirely. Having spent years enduring her mother’s emotional and physical abuse, and abandoned by her father, Cat is terrified and alone. But when someone comes along who makes her want to truly live, she’ll need to summon the courage to confront her demons.

Both poignant and raw, White Lines is a gripping, coming-of-age tale for readers of Willow.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At 17, Cat is on her own in New York City’s East Village. She has fled the penthouse apartment where her abusive mother lives, and it’s easier for Cat’s emotionally distant father, who lives in Connecticut with his girlfriend, to pay Cat’s rent downtown than to admit that his ex-wife is dangerously angry. Ensconced in the club-kid world of the late 1980s, Cat works the door at Tunnel nightclub and is increasingly dependent on cocaine to get her through long nights followed by days at her second-chance high school. Things pick up a bit at school when Julian transfers in, and Cat does have a few friends looking out for her, but she’s being pulled deeper into the scene, especially now that her boss has started hitting on her. Banash’s Elite series takes place on the Upper East Side, and she knows N.Y.C., but Cat doesn’t feel like more than the sum of her many problems. When she finally pulls herself out of her downward spiral, it’s not especially surprising: she’s a familiar character and this is a familiar arc. Ages 14–up. (Apr.)
 "The gritty and emotionally charged story pulses like the rapid heartbeat of a girl in distress."—Booklist
Rachel Cohn
"A wild and startling ride."—Rachel Cohn, co-author of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and Dash and Lily's Book of Dares
Nick Burd
"White Lines is sometimes heartbreaking, occasionally hilarious, and always impossible to set aside."—Nick Burd, author of The Vast Field of Ordinary
"Banash captures the pulsing atmospherics of the '80s club scene in minute and perfect detail, juxtaposing her descriptions of the outlandish fashions and stylized personalities against evocative, lyrical metaphors of Cat's brittle inner life. The effect is emotionally lashing; readers can't miss the note of desperation, sadness, and insecurity that threads through and in fact drives the relentless party scene for all the players, or that Cat's only moments of happiness come when she's high. The steadying presences of Sara and a new boy bring Cat back from the edge to end her story with a note of hope; give this to fans of Francesca Lia Block to see what Weetzie might have looked like on the East Coast."—BCCB
Children's Literature - Kasey Giard
Seventeen-year-old Cat slogs through school days, waiting for nighttime, when the flashing lights and pulsing music of New York's hottest clubs to bring her to life. Waiting to float away on the little white lines, what started as a dream, an unending party, twists into something more sinister. Cat can feel her life rocketing out of control, but she feels powerless to stop it. As pressure from her boss and her abusive mother pile on top of her, Cat wants to retreat further into the haze of anonymity in the club scene. All that holds her back is the mysterious boy who makes her want to experience life and feel things that ordinarily terrify her. As the pull of her night life and her attraction to Julian yank her in different directions, Cat must make hard choices and force her fears into words before she fractures completely. In a genre already crowded with stories of teen drug experimentation, self-destruction, and recovery, Banash boldly writes with equal measures grit and empathy. Cat's battle extends far beyond drug addiction into issues of abandonment and abuse, which only adds to the believability of her plight. Though the end was a little too neat and tidy to fit the rest of this dark tale, the message of hope and recovery is sure to be encouraging to readers who've struggled with addiction personally or through a friend or family member. Reviewer: Kasey Giard
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—From the outside looking in, 17-year-old Cat has it made. She has her own tiny apartment in New York City and is a "club kid," which means that she works the velvet ropes and is treated like royalty at some of the hottest clubs in town. But her life is spiraling out of control. She lives for the night-the throbbing music, the pulsating lights, the crazy clothes, but most of all, the drugs. Things like school, food, and friendships become secondary to her. Emotionally and physically scarred by her abusive and disturbed mother and abandoned by her father, who refused to see the abuse, Cat shrinks from real emotional relationships. But there is something about Julian, the new guy at Manhattan Preparatory Academy, that makes her want to reach out and connect with him. Will the drugs keep pulling her back? The portrayal of the drug culture and club scene of 1980s New York City is detailed. The first third of the book is incredibly unhappy reading, but such dark plotting is necessary to show the hopelessness of Cat's situation. The language is extremely strong throughout, used casually and (mostly) without emotion. After a climactic and pivotal scene, the ending seems a little pat. If your teens like gritty, urban fiction, White Lines might be something they'd pick up.—Lisa Crandall, formerly at the Capital Area District Library, Holt, MI
Kirkus Reviews
Despite the title's obvious drug reference, this is less a scare-'em-straight story than a memoirlike account of a lost club kid navigating 1980s New York's underground parties. At 17, Cat lives in an apartment in New York's East Village, away from her physically and emotionally abusive mother and her distant father. She spends some time at school and some with her pre–club-scene friend Sara, but her home is Tunnel, the club where she throws a regular party. By the time readers meet Cat, she has begun to weary of the scene and its drug-heavy lifestyle; in fact, despite a few joyous flashbacks, it is initially difficult to understand the club scene's appeal. Patient readers, however, will see Cat's life slowly unfold through the flashbacks, painful conversations and a constant cycle of parties and exhaustion. The prose and dialogue are largely evocative, though some of the imagery comes out overwritten ("The early winter sky outside the window is a leaky ballpoint pen"). The characters are diverse and carefully drawn, from Cat's friend and fellow club kid Giovanni to her frightening employer Christoph, and the overall mood is intense without ever aiming for shock value. Subtle, sad and, eventually, hopeful. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101607886
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/4/2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 346,732
  • Age range: 14 years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jennifer Banash lives and writes in Los Angeles.
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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    Truly and completely amazing! White Lines is one of those that j

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2014

    Is this book good

    Like for real?

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

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    The simplicity of this cover immediately made me want to read it

    The simplicity of this cover immediately made me want to read it. I'm a fan of coming-of-age novels, so I was excited to see what would happen here. Let me start by saying that I was tremendously disappointed. I have learnt my mistake, and I will never have high expectations for a book ever, because that feeling of disappointment kills me. White Lines takes place in the 1980's, in New York City. The main protagonist, Cat, lives in her own apartment on the Lower East Side. At night, she's a club kid, who's job is to guard the ropes at clubs, and sometimes even plans parties. Cat's dad is some super rich dude, who lives with his young secretary that he married. Cat's mother is this psycho who used to abuse Cat when she was younger. 
    The beginning sounded promisiong. I though, okay, Cat is messed up and she'll try to get herself better somehow. No, the book kind of disgusted me. Instead of Cat seeking help from a psychiatrist or anyone, she just went clubbing instead. It's not only the clubbing, but the DRUGS! It was weird that she easily took a "line" of cocaine like she was eating her lunch. Her best friend would tell her to stop, but they still didn't treat it like it was a big deal. I personally found myself disgusted in many parts during the book. I'm not trying to offend anyone, but those were just my personal feelings. I remember I was eating my cereal while reading White Lines, and at some part I literally felt like vomiting what I ate. It just felt weird, and sometimes I felt uncomfortable. 
    I kind of hoped that the book would be concentrated more on her problems with her mom, and NOT the clubbing. We would get some "flashbacks" of what her mother would do to her, but other than that, not much is said. I can say that the only part I liked would probably be the ending. I felt like there was still some hope for Cat to change her ways of living. Overall, White Lines was NOT what I was expecting. I'm not sure if I would recommend this to anyone, but if those scenes don't bother you, then give it a try!

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  • Posted April 11, 2013

    White lines is a story about a girl named Cat who is a 17 year o

    White lines is a story about a girl named Cat who is a 17 year old club kid in 1980's New York. This book engrossed me from the very beginning, and I could not put it down. We find out at the beginning that due to different circumstances in her past she finds herself living alone at her young age, and she is trying to manage going to school and also being a club promoter.

    The way Jennifer was able to detail everything down to the last detail was tremendous, especially when it came to the "white lines", I have never done that myself, but I feel like I don't need (or want) to now after reading this. She was able to describe the sensation of the high and the side effects from it in such a way that I felt like I was there with her, and I think that is something that is not easy to do.

    I felt connected to Cat on some levels and I could understand why she was doing what she was doing even if I didn't agree with her, or would not make the same choices in her situation. Her Mother is probably one of my most hated characters in a fictional novel, and once you read this book, I would guarantee that you will agree with me, I cannot understand her at all, and there were many times during the book that I wanted to choke her for her actions, and I love when I get emotional like that while reading.

    As far as the club kid scene goes, I loved the different kids for all different reasons, but one of my favourite parts was the outfits! Did that ever take me back to the 80's, oh how I do not miss the neon (even though apparently it is coming back?), and she got them bang on too, who remembers wearing a lot of tulle and lace, oh and the spandex with the elastic at the bottom to go under your feet? I do! 

    This is not a book that I will forget any time soon, there are so many different and serious topics covered that I think it should be a mandatory read for teenagers (starting in grade 9). The first one that comes to mind is the fact that I think way too many kids are having to grow up way to soon and have their teenage years and what should be "normal" teenage experiences taken away from them, and the serious consequences that it can have. The next is drug abuse and how a lot of people think that the "have it under control", and it is not by any means, the drugs are the ones in control.

    I liked this book from front to back, and even the ending is not the "hollywood happy ever after" that can sometimes happen, I think it is a very realistic ending and I am so grateful that Jennifer wrote it that way. If you are looking for a more serious novel about what some kids are going through around the world on a daily basis, this is it! Fantastic 5/5 from me!

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  • Posted April 8, 2013

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    White Lines was one of the most intense books I have ever read.

    White Lines was one of the most intense books I have ever read. At first glance I was not sure why the book was named White Lines but after reading just the first chapter I find out why. The story is basically about a 17 year old girl named Cat. It focuses on her life, the hardships she endures, and the choices she makes along the way. 

    Cat works in a club in New York City. Although she is only still a teenager she works the ropes choosing who is and isn't allowed into the club. She loves the late nights and definitely knows how to party "hard". Cat's Father and Mother are divorced. She barely speaks to either of them. With her Fathers help Cat lives alone in a apartment near the club she works for. 

    Sounds like a dream come true, right? WRONG! Cat is beyond messed up. A Broken Soul.

    White Lines is a coming of age story set in a dark and gritty world of the nightlife of NY City during the 80's. We follow the journey of a lost and broken girl who has everything to loose but also so much to gain.  Her choices made along the way make White Lines a enthralling read. Author Jennifer Banash wrote such a heart breaking and intense book that will leave readers thinking about the book long after the last page.  There was so much raw emotions throughout the book.  The world the author creates is so haunting and dark that I found myself getting lost within the pages. There was never a dull moment. White Lines is like no other book I have ever read....and while the book deals with so diverse emotions throughout, it really does teaches a lesson at the same time. 

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