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Posted May 10, 2013
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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Posted April 19, 2013
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 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!
Posted April 8, 2013
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.