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White Lines

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  407 ratings  ·  95 reviews
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 radia...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 4th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile
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Wendy Darling
This isn't the sort of novel that I would normally be attracted to, so I am really glad that a copy landed on my doorstep. 17-year-old Cat is living a teenager's dream in the 1980s--she has her own apartment in New York City, which is bankrolled by her neglectful father. By day, she is a fragile creature struggling with infrequent visits from her abusive mother. By night, she loses herself in the frenzied, glittering world of the club scene, where she fends off skeevy characters and succumbs to...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
White Lines is going to KNOCK you right out of your shoes! Man oh man this book is set in 1980's and we all know that the 80's was the era of wild sex and wild drug use. No one lived back then that did not party at one time or another. The thing about the 80's was all about experimenting and seeing how long you could go without sleep. To be you in the 80's was a great time to discover who you were.

White Lines is about a girl named Cat. She is 17 and lives on her own. Her mother has some emotiona...more
Jenni Arndt
Somewhere between 2.5 and 3, I can't decide.

We all know that I have an intense relationship with YA contemporary issue books, so you can imagine my surprise when I sat back to think about it and realized that I had never read one that dealt with drug abuse. I’ve read all kinds of issue books; eating disorders, physical abuse and emotional abuse, among others, but White Lines is my first venture into drug abuse territory. I hadn’t been too sure what to expect with this one as I had read nobody's...more
Set in the 1980's, you would think Caitlin is living the high life. On the surface, she's a seventeen year old girl living on her own in New York City. Working as a club promoter, she parties her nights away. No curfew or parents to answer to at home. She is her own person who decides when and if she goes to school. It sounds like a dream, right? The truth is more like a living nightmare.

After undergoing years of abuse, Caitlin finally escapes her mother. Rather than take her in, Cat's father wo...more
Amazing. This book is everything I hoped it would be and more. The writing is beautiful and the story is so realistic. Caitlin is a 17 year old girl who has moved into her own apartment to escape her home life. Her mother is abusive and her father has turned a blind eye to the situation. Cat finds all the wrong ways to try to cope and ends up spiraling downward into drugs an alcohol. By losing herself in the club life she thinks she can forget all the bad things, at least for a little while. In...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
The funny thing about expectations is how often they're wrong. I really did not expect to like this book, because I hate reading about spoiled rich kids acting out for attention, and the reviews I'd seen had been largely middling. Actually, an unsolicited review copy arrived on the very day I decided this book wasn't for me, because the universe has a sense of humor. Anyway, I actually ended up really enjoying White Lines, which won me over for the strong voice and gritty feel.

On the surface, Wh...more
Caitlin is 17 and living on her own. Her father moved away and her mother is really abusive so her father agrees to pay for her apartment. Why her father thought she should live alone at such a young age is beyond me. Cat feels abandoned and unloved. There are flashbacks with her mother throughout the book that really show it was probably best for her to get away. The only place she feels loved and like she really fits in is the club.

I could relate to Cat wanting to be at the club. When I turn...more
I haven't read a novel this fierce since Stephanie Kuehnert burst onto the scene with I WANNA BE YOUR JOEY RAMONE. WHITE LINES will be a revelation to anyone familiar with Jennifer Banash from The Elite series. The rich kids remain, but all soap opera antics are banished. WHITE LINES is raw, a real bleeding wound of a story.

Cat lives by herself on the Lower East Side even though she's only seventeen years old. She could no longer live with her abusive mother - the State agrees - but her father l...more
This review was originally posted on my blog, Ramblings of a Daydreamer. You can find it, and many more reviews at the blog.

When I first heard about White Lines in July 2012, I knew I had to read it. New York City + 1980s + club scene = yes please! As time went on I was afraid it would be one of those books that I build up so much in my mind that the real thing couldn't possibly live up to my expectations. Thankfully I was wrong.

White Lines is a beautifully written, haunting, and dark story abo...more
Cat has it all: she lives on her own, parties every night at the hottest clubs, and rolls into high school the next day with no one the wiser. But getting what you want isn't all it's cracked up to be, and Cat is starting to feel the pressure and buckle. Banash crafted a stunning debut, one that will appeal to teens and adults. I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next!
I was pleasantly surprised by this one! Like, wow. It's a fun read, and then all of a sudden it's heavy and dark. Way cool.
A Beautiful Madness
I was really excited to get my hands on White Lines by Jennifer Banash, and I simply couldn’t wait to read it. I was curious to see how the settings would be affecting the story. Sadly, the story, even though it had potential to be really interesting, failed to really impress. I felt like the story being set in the ‘80’s didn’t really affect the plot that much, and that really disappointed me. The time period was one of the reasons I really wanted to read it, and it didn’t wow me.

More than that,...more
White Lines was a very emotional read that left my feelings scrambled. So much happens in the story that makes your heart go out to, not just the main character, but to a lot of the characters also. I am so happy that I received a copy for review from the publisher! This was a read that I didn't know what it was about or what I would think of it, but in the end, I enjoyed the story.

Like I said before, this was an emotional read. The protagonist, Cat, has had so much happen to her in her past tha...more
Ta§chima Cullen
White Lines was a beautifully written story with some faults that deterred me from completely falling in love.

White Lines is New York in the 80s when the kids were partying way too hard and all the rules were thrown out the window. In the middle of this frenzy you get Cat, a lonely 17 year old seeming to be having the time of her life. She lives alone, she parties at the best club, and she experiments with narcotics. Her parents? Not a clue, she isn't an orphan, but they don't care enough to re...more
Jenna Does Books
Full review available at Making the Grade.

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve rock-and-rolled through a novel as darkly engaging as WHITE LINES by Jennifer Banash. And oh, how I do looove rock and roll, especially the hair shaking tunes that take me back to the 1980′s.

Although I may have been a little too young to experience that decade in exactly the same way that the main character of WHITE LINES does, any John Hughes fan can easily relate to the dark humor and the perfectly imperfect life...more
*This is an ARC review and will be published to my blog The Flyleaf Review closer to publication.*

When I read the synopsis for White Lines, I knew it was something I wanted to check out. Set a YA book in the 80's or 90's, the time when I actually was a young adult, and I am usually ALL over it. Especially when there are music themes. But really, White Lines doesn't really have so much a music theme as a party theme. I mean look at the title folks, that is pretty blatant. Although the exact year...more
White Lines is a gritty and raw coming of age tale that readers will not want to put down. Compelling and poignant, this is a young adult novel on the cusp of New Adult. Jennifer Banash does a wonderful job in delivering a stellar mature young adult novel, that is full of powerful emotion, atmospheric wonder, and a captivating storyline that is sure to wow and stun readers. Dangerous and out of control, this is a story that will embark readers on a rollercoaster ride of epic emotion, sprialing...more
Reading WHITE LINES helped me to blur my own set of lines in young adult book reviewing world. WHITE LINES by Jennifer Banash isn't a fantasy novel. It's the exact opposite. Banash takes a hard look at one teenager's reality in the 1980s. Learn more about Jennifer Banash and her book here.

Normally, this isn't the kind of book that I would pick up without knowing anything about it, but after I read the back cover, I couldn't wait to read it.

Now you know what cover to look for in the bookstore and...more
Drug addiction is a subject I haven't personally read a whole lot of, but the two books I have read that dealt with the topic - Crank by Ellen Hopkins and The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx - were quite eye-opening and compulsively readable. As such, I was extremely intrigued with the summary for White Lines, particularly since it seemed like there was going to be a lot more going on in this book than just the drugs. What I found in its pages was a very damaged main character who, despite her issu...more
the golden witch.
3.5/5 stars.

We really need more dark, gritty contemps like this in YA, guys. I'm just going to lay that out there now. "White Lines" is incredibly hard to read at times because it's filled with a lot of darkness, a lot of frustration, and a lot of pain, but it's also an important book to read as well. Banash brilliantly brings back late 1980s New York with ridiculous ease and a vibrancy I haven't felt in YA contemporary in quite a long while. This is not the feel good book of the year, but if yo...more
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 l...more
Besides this book being a great story, it’s laced with some of the most gorgeous writing I’ve read in awhile. That is what makes White Lines a truly amazing book.

Caitlin’s story is powerful. The fast life she lives would be envied by most scene kids in 2013. Cat just kind of floats through life, never truly knowing what the hell she is doing. Just doing for the hell of it. Living life to its fullest without much meaning. Until she meets Julian, and the hard wall she’s put up slowly begins to plu...more
Goodreads Synopsis: 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...more
Emma Madriaga
I don't know why i picked this book up. I'm 100 pages in and bored. The main character is a club going underages teenager in New York in the 80s. It's a bad trips in drugs and high school drama, and self pity all of which is very boring. Poor parentless teenagers forced into thinking getting high every night at clubs is the only way if coping with life. Maybe I'll finish it, but I've wasted my time already just getting this far.
4.5 stars

There are very few books that leave me feeling emotionally vulnerable. And there are very few books that I feel capture the cycle of abuse, and how horrible addiction really is.

White Lines went above and beyond my expectations. Caitlin is a young teenager growing up in the eighties. She's escaped her abusive mother physically, but mentally she's still trapped in her clutches. To numb her pain and escape reality, she turns to drugs.

Everything about this story was so raw and poignant. I...more
Jul 03, 2012 Giselle marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc, own
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Gerri Leen
There are some books where story takes a back seat to the pretty prose. This is one of them. The author's ability to string words together in an almost poetically surreal way is admirable, but her characters felt empty to me and the plot meandered. The protagonist should have been sympathetic, but she was so empty that it was impossible to feel much of anything for her. The other characters were caricatures: snotty popular girl, supportive gay friend, skeezy older club owner (with pony tail no l...more
Oct 15, 2012 Lisa marked it as to-read
I won this on First Reads. I am eager to receive it.

I am so thoroughly disappointed in this one. I had such high hopes for White Lines, considering it’s edgy subject matter and gritty cover. The characters weren’t terrible – all except Cat, anyway. And I did enjoy the wonderful atmosphere Banash created. In the end though, the writing was horribly abysmal and killed the book before it even took off.

I initially picked this book up because of the material. There aren’t a lot of YA book that deal in drug addiction in a honest, authentic way, s...more
Krista (Nawanda Files)
White Lines doesn't mislead readers with it's opening synopsis. It's 100% a "gritty, atmospheric coming of age tale set in 1980s New York City." The key word is gritty. Set in the dark drug induced basements in clubs, Jennifer Banash has written a book that really goes there in terms of unapologetic realism. If I were rating the book solely based on portrayal of drugs and clubs this book would get top marks. But while the scenery and 1980s backdrop are alluring, the plot and characters didn't gr...more
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Jennifer Banash was born and raised in New York City. She now lives in Southern California with her beagle, Sigmund, and her vast collection of designer shoes.

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