White Lines by Jennifer Banash9:31 PM
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Genre: Young Adult
This copy was sent to me for review from the publisher and did not affect my opinion.
Review by Geraldine
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.
My Thoughts (Spoiler-Free):
The cover just completely drew me in with this one! I love this cover some some odd reason and even though I don't like the color purple, It worked well with the girl in the background. After reading the synopsis, I still didn't have a clear idea of what this was about. I thought this was going to be on the contemporary side of things, but it ended up not really going into that much depth when it came to that.
Let's just talk about the characters for a minute. Personally, I think the characters were all over the place and there were a lot of missing holes when it came to certain parts of the storyline. I felt like the author left a lot of gaps when it came to things the characters were doing in certain scenes. I mean what was up with Julian vaguely being in the book but yet a big part of Cat's life all of a sudden? I would give more examples but I don't want to give away any spoilers. You'll know what I'm talking about when you pick this book up!
As you can see, I had some problems with this book but the biggest problem I had were the drugs. And no, I'm not talking about the presence of them in the book. I'm talking about how unrealistic the parts that involved the pills, cocaine, and heroine were. Maybe, it's because I've read a lot of drug-related memoirs when I was younger, but it seemed like the author didn't go into that much depth and explain things clearly when it came to the drugs. I've never ever done pills, cocaine, or heroine, but I do know that certain scenes described in this book are not what happens when you do these drugs. I don't know if it's because this was a young adult book, but like I said the way the drugs were explained in this book was just so vague and unrealistic to me. I just didn't feel like she was in the right mindset of a cocaine/heroine user.
As for the things that I did like, I did like Julian's presence in the story line...but why was he barely there?! I needed more of him! Also, the book was interesting enough to where I wanted to flip the page to find out what happens next. In the end, I think you should pick this up for yourself and see what you think about it.