Published by Putnam Juvenile on April 4, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Source: Around the World Arc Tours
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.
What I Thought…
Once I decide I want to read a book I don’t generally revisit the synopsis before reading it, the less I know, the better. Well I kind of forgot that the book takes place in the 80’s. There were several things that I kept thinking were kind of weird throughout the book, but it wasn’t until Cat pulled out her Walkman that the light bulb finally went on that this was actually happening in the 80’s.
There is a lot of drug use in White Lines so it’s not the easiest of reads. Cat is also incredibly self destructive, but with her parents that is no surprise. Her dad all but abandoned her, but makes sure that she is taken care of in her own apartment (because that’s what all fathers should do for the 17 year old daughter). Her mother is emotionally and physically abusive. This was where I found Cat most annoying. She was living on her own and hasn’t spoken to her mother in several months and one phone call later and she decides that she has to meet her mother because she is her mother. Um no. No you don’t.
I was pretty indifferent in regards to Cat. I didn’t dislike her, but I didn’t like her either. I did love the secondary characters though. Cat’s best friend Samantha is one of the best BFF’s ever. Samantha did what all best friends should do and that’s tell it like it is… even if it hurts. I also liked Giovanni, even though he had some serious issues. He was part enabler, part savior but I just really liked him.
Julian was such a sweetheart! He went through some bad stuff himself but was much more stable than Cat and didn’t want a part of Cat’s club life. My only complaint about Julian was that he wasn’t in the book enough!
The ending was a bit rushed for me and also a bit too neat. It wasn’t a perfect happily ever after, but it was close. This is one of those times where I think a non happy ending would have suited the book better, but that could just be me.
* I received this book for Around the World ARC Tours in exchange for my honest review.