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White Lines

Jennifer Banash


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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.

Praise For White Lines

"Daily transformations from punk to avant-garde highlight Cat's complex personality and style; her New York world is so tangible from Banash's text...[her] unhealthy relationship with her mother is highlighted in startling flashbacks of control and cruelty. A bevy of bizarrely realistic characters round out the story; Sara, Alexa, Julian and more all strive for lives that balance their own wishes with those of their parents."--VOYA

"Subtle, sad and, eventually hopeful."--Kirkus
-Kirkus Reviews

 "The gritty and emotionally charged story pulses like the rapid heartbeat of a girl in distress."--Booklist

"A wild and startling ride."--Rachel Cohn, co-author of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and Dash and Lily's Book of Dares
-Rachel Cohn

"White Lines is sometimes heartbreaking, occasionally hilarious, and always impossible to set aside."--Nick Burd, author of The Vast Field of Ordinary
-Nick Burd

"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


Putnam Publishing Group, 9780399257889, 288pp.

Publication Date: April 4, 2013

About the Author

Jennifer Banash lives and writes in Los Angeles, California, far from the madness of her youth in Manhattan, with two slightly psychotic beagles, her partner, Willy, daughter, Story, and way too many shoes.