Tuesday, April 2, 2013

ARC Review: White Lines by Jennifer Banash / Win a ARC + a signed finished hardcopy!

White Lines
Title: White Lines
Authors: Jennifer Banash
Number of Pages: 304
Expected publication: April 4th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile
Source: Publisher - paperback
Genre: Realistic Fiction > Contemporary Romance
Reading Level: Young Adult - New Adult

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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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.

Her Mother has been abusive throughout Cat's life. She makes Cat feels useless and has always found a away to physically hurt Cat. Her Father was never any help....he turned a blind eye to this abuse. With no other choice but to move out and take care of herself, Cat does just that. 

Cat feels lost and broken. She turns to doing things like drugs, skipping school, and the night life; parties, and dancing at clubs. She wants to feel loved and to know someone cares about her. So when Cat meets a new boy at school who take interest in her, she is now faced with the idea that he will someone she can truly trust...someone who challenges her to not only love herself but to be loved. Cat must now summon the courage to face her demons and change her life for the better.

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. 

 Totally Awesome! I loved it, would read again.

I just so happen to have a extra print ARC of White Lines (Thank you Putnam Juvenile). So I figured.....why not give the copy away to ONE lucky reader of my blog. Unfortunately I will only be able to open this giveaway to US Residents. (unless your willing to help with shipping cost.) If so then enter away. 

I just talked with Jennifer and she being the awesome person she is has upped the ante on my giveaway. WHOO! She is offering (1) signed hard copy of White Lines. So that means there will be TWO winners. I will have a seperate giveaway form below because she has offered to ship to US and Canada

Giveaway Rules:
  • Giveaway 1 - OPEN TO US RESIDENTS ONLY! 
  • Giveaway 2OPEN TO US & Canada RESIDENTS ONLY!
  • No Cheating or doing multiple entries. 
  • There will be (1) mandatory entry. All others are optional but will increase your chances of winning.
  • Use the rafflercopter form below to enter the giveaway.


Giveaway 2 - OPEN TO US & Canada RESIDENTS ONLY


  1. I've been crazy about this book for months and I haven't even read it. I can't wait to read it. I get the feeling it's going to be like USES FOR BOYS and I absolutely loved that one, too.

  2. Thanks for the giveaway! I love finding new books by authors new to me!
    This looks like something I would enjoy!

    mestith at gmail dot com

  3. I love intense emotional books and am always looking for new books to suggest to my book club. This sounds like a great book!!


  4. The story I could relate to. Parents never understood the damages they can leave when they give destructive criticism. Mine does that a lot.

  5. Thanks for the giveaway! This sounds really good. I just added it to my Goodreads to read list.

  6. I love intense books that promise an emotional involvement on my side, Plus, it's been on my TBR list for a long time :) Thanks for the giveaway :)

  7. I love books set in other time periods, and it's pretty rare for them to be set in the recent past like this, which makes this book really different and appealing :)

  8. Intense was the word I used for this book too - so apropos.

  9. I'm always on the look out for an emotionally gripping read and White Lines sounds like just the ticket. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. I am really into dark, gritty books lately. Sounds like a great read. Thanks!

  11. I love books that are intense and emotional, that actually make you feel something while you're reading them. This sounds like one of those books. I definitely want to read it.

  12. Wow, this like an emotional and intense book. The mother being abusive to her daughter and the father condoning the action...it's truly different. The nightlife aspect of the story does intrigue me as well. Thanks for the giveaways! :D

  13. I trust you in saying it was very good. I like to read about people's trials and the outcome because of them. Thank you for your review and for the guveaway.

  14. PS - Even though my email ends in co.uk, I do live in the US =)

  15. I really want to read the book, this review really makes it sound amazing. Kinda intriguing and different....


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