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3.32  ·  Rating details ·  4,620 ratings  ·  835 reviews
When Elise Perez meets Jamey Hyde on a desolate winter afternoon, fate implodes, and neither of their lives will ever be the same. Although they are next-door neighbors in New Haven, they come from different worlds. Elise grew up in a housing project without a father and didn't graduate from high school. Jamey is a junior at Yale, heir to a private investment bank fortune ...more
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by Hogarth Press
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Elyse  Walters
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Here is the LOST review I wrote Dec. 11th.... my 38th wedding anniversary....2016:

I couldn't pull myself away from the story. The aura feels raunchy and wrong -- and if I'm honest I was turned on --and not by romance with candles and sweet talk. I was also on the edge - worried - angry at times- afraid - sad - hopeful - and a few times just lost in the fantasy of "our world is fair...and we are all loved equally".
This is the type of tale that brings out e
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a gritty story of a raw desperate love, a clash of worlds colliding, of power, race, privilege, when the dirt poor, school dropout, mixed race and street smart Elise meets Jamey in New Haven, Connecticut where the two coincidentally happen to be neighbours. Jamey is a Yale man, whose path in life is laid out, determined by his wealth conscious, emotionally distant parents, and by virtue of his class. The eponymous white fur is a jacket Elise has managed to acquire and wears constantly. T ...more
Larry H
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
What a crazy, terrific book! Being a child of the 1980s, and given the fact that's when this book takes place, nothing captures the essence of White Fur better than these lyrics from the song "Obsession" by Animotion:

You are an obsession
I cannot sleep
I am your possession
Unopened at your feet
There's no balance
No equality
Be still I will not accept defeat
I will have you
Yes, I will have you
I will find a way and I will have you
Like a butterfly
A wild butterfly
I will collect you and capture you
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
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I read some reviews for White Fur last year and after reading the blurb, it sounded like a book I would enjoy. Books like The Notebook and movies like “Pretty in Pink” are faves, and this story is about a rich boy who falls for a low class girl and they do fall in love, but it certainly isn’t that simple and not really what I expected.

*May contain mild spoilers*

Jamie is a Yale boy who comes from a wealthy family. T
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
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2.5 Stars

The description for WHITE FUR had me extremely intrigued.

A stunning star-crossed love story set against the glitz and grit of 1980s New York City

June 1987. The book starts off with an extremely tense situation in a motel room. Two people have been locked in the same position for over two hours. A decision will need to be made.

The author then takes us back to the beginning. January 1986 in Connecticut. Where it all
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I don't even know how to put this book into words. I'm sure there are so many words out there in the English language that I could come up with but I really don't know.

This is about Elise who came from no where but somewhere. This is about Jamey who came from money but learns there is something else in the world.

At first I thought this was just going to be a sex book after a few pages in, I mean yes, they have sex all of the time. Nasty, raunchy, make you aroused when you shouldn't be, sex. It
Alright guys, it looks like I'm gonna be in the minority with this one. This is Fates and Furies all over again.

White Fur was a long, painful slog for me. I thought this book was overwritten and vapid; the characters were loathsome and one-dimensional; and perhaps most frustratingly, there was a distinct lack of subtlety to a narrative which was anemic to begin with. Filthy rich Jamey falls in love with Elise from the wrong side of the tracks, and... they have a lot of sex. That's it. That's the
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, nyc, 1980s, 2017, netgalley

Your lights are on, but you're not home
Your mind is not your own
Your heart sweats, your body shakes
Another kiss is what it takes
You can't sleep, you can't eat
There's no doubt, you're in deep
Your throat is tight, you can't breathe
Another kiss is all you need

Robert Palmer - Addicted to Love

Elise is street smart; she has no illusions about her life, the kind of girl who grew up on the “wrong” side of the tracks in the projects in Bridgeport. She knows who she is, but she also
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Everyone, really, is just looking for love.. This story is about two young people from different sides of the track who fall into a deep, intense relationship full of lust and grit and tragedy. It's dark, it's dirty, it's raw, and comical in some parts.
This all takes place in the 1980's, in New York.
I really felt for the young man Jamey who is due to inherit much from his wealthy family. He has never been happy in his life until he meets Elise who had left her dirt poor home to come to New York
Jessica Sullivan
Jun 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017-read
Fewer than 70 pages into this book I made the decision to continue hate-reading. It is so painfully shallow it reads like bad YA. If the characters were any more one-dimensional and under-developed they wouldn't even exist.

Marketed as a modern-day Romeo and Juliet (which, honestly should have been warning enough), White Fur is the story of Jamey, a WASP-y heir to an investment bank fortune, and Elise, a half-white half-Puerto Rican who grew up in public housing on the "wrong side of the tracks"
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh man, this is my kind of book. Elise and Jayme are an unlikely match. She's from the 'hood' and has had a pretty rough time growing up. He is from privilege and extravagance, movie star mother puts his life in the spotlight. Parties, holidays abroad, Yale get the picture that these two are from different worlds. But yet. There's an attraction and it's urgent, passionate, sexual and desperate.

It starts in New Haven, CT and moves to glitzy New York in the '80's. It's a fast, drug
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.75 stars. How many ways can you reconfigure Romeo and Juliet? Probably infinitely. In some respects, White Fur is incredibly original. In other ways, it's awfully familiar. Set in the late 1980s, Elise and Jamey meet while Jamey is a student at Yale. Jamey comes from a ridiculously wealthy and elitist family. Elise comes from a mixed race family at the very low end of the socio economic ladder. At first, it's unclear where their relationship is going and what their individual intentions are. W ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars

Once again, I‘m an outlier. I wanted to like this book, but didn't. The premise isn’t a new one, although the blurb compares it to a modern Romeo and Juliet (it isn’t IMO). Wealthy Yale student, Jamey, whose family fortune is in investment banking, falls in love with Elise, a mixed-race, unsophisticated, uneducated girl from the wrong side of the tracks. He’s spoiled and discontented, while she is crass, impulsive, and crude.

The allure was pure lust and their relationship was all physi
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dark and gritty with a dash of humor, White Fur had me captivated from page one.

The story of star-crossed lovers is one that's been told before, but never quite like this. Jamey and Elise are from opposite sides of the track, and while everyone feels that it's wrong, they know that it's right.

The prose in this book is outstanding. While it may not be for everyone, I was sucked in and never looked back. Heaven knows my brain does not work the way this author's does, so I appreciated this even m
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
White Fur was unlike any novel I've read in recent years: it was raw, visceral and potent.

Elise Diaz and Jamie Hyde are the protagonists of this passionate affair. Elise is a girl from the 'hoods', who's unsophisticated, uneducated, and doesn't have a plan or agenda. She develops a crush on Jamie Hyde, a preppy, rich, white boy, who lives on the same street, while he attends Yale. Eventually, they get together, and there's a strong, animalistic attraction between them. The sex is out of this w
Lolly K Dandeneau
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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"She’s the uncommon baby left in a crib that consoles itself, that can stare for hours at the ceiling.”

This is not just another Romeo and Juliet knock off. It is gritty and sticky love, it isn’t sweet meanderings and tender moments. There is a moment early in the novel that exposes wealth and success, the way people feel about those born to such privilege. “People look at him like one of those Tibetan children picked out as a reincarnated lama. T
Taylor Reid
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
The story is great but it is the prose of this book that is truly exceptional. The sentences are fascinating, original, clever, evocative, and hugely compelling. The descriptions elicit visceral feelings. This is a truly unique voice.
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
More to come from me closer to publication, but I found this to be an unsettling, raw, powerful read, one that really felt in some ways like I was a voyeur watching Jamey and Elise which made me uncomfortable with myself, and yet I couldn't deny the attraction and charged emotion I felt reading it. This book is also one in which I recognized my own thoughts and feelings and instincts in their heads and words and the writing, some at fairly base levels. The whole thing is kind of messy, fucked up ...more
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I just finished White Fur now, at 4am, so I'm trying to process my thoughts and feelings so I can give an accurate review. I have to admit this wasn't what I expected. I was really looking forward to an ARC of this title because there's been a bit of buzz about it lately and what I've read, mostly the reviews of others, has intrigued me very much. However, once I obtained a copy and began reading it myself, my initial impression was that I wasn't going to like it. I think the first half of the b ...more
May 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
DNF @ 41%

White Fur is a book that I debated on reviewing when offered the chance because I was afraid that I wouldn't like this book. The synopsis sounded like it could go a couple of different directions and that I may or may not become a huge fan but unfortunately as I began reading I knew that this one just wasn't for me.

What I was hoping for was some fun nostalgic 80s remembrances but I never found those in the pages that I read. There were some mentions of the 80s but the story just seemed
Jennifer Blankfein
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The more I think about this novel, the more I love White Fur. It’s the 1980s and Elise, a school dropout and recently homeless young girl is living in New Haven with a friend she met on the street. Jamey is one of the white, privileged and wealthy guys in the apartment next door; the longtime buddies are students at Yale and everything material has been given to them on a silver platter. T
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I bought WHITE FUR ages ago when it was on sale because I thought the summary sounded great but I didn't read it until now. This is a moody, gritty story set in New York in the 1980s. The heroine is a half-white/half-Puerto Rican girl who ends up falling for the WASP-y heir to a banking empire. Their ill-fated romance starts out as a purely physically-based obsession and ends up, maybe, becoming something more. But nobody is rooting for
switterbug (Betsey)
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you are searching for a strong character-based novel, and one about love against the odds, this may be up your alley. But it is also edgy, non-conformist, often sinister, and occasionally disturbing. It’s dark, even bordering on dystopian at times—but not in the standard (near-future) definition. This takes place in the past—1986 and ’87. There are also playful and sunny moments, but they tend to demonstrate a contrast to the atmosphere of menace. Not a cute little love story, but a rather in ...more
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Star-crossed lovers lead completely opposite lives yet find themselves living next door to each other. Jamey is a legacy trust-fund kid studying at Yale; Elise a streetwise girl from the Connecticut projects with nothing to her name but an old white fur coat.

Their love burns with the fire of a thousand suns, the way all first great loves do, and everything that transpires between them stokes that fire deeper. Every word and every silence. E
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
This was a very odd story. I have a love/hate relationship with it. Not sure what I feel.

I had a difficult time gathering my thoughts on this book I reviewed. The beginning captured me. The writing itself is extremely unique. Very detailed. Raw and gritty. Very street like - somewhat like the character the author has created in Elise.

The middle of the book is very drawn out - highly detailed and just very day-to-day, in and out storyline. I ended up skimming qu
Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
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Jamey and Elise, two people, divided by class and life, meet in New Haven, CT. He's a Yale student. She's a wandering soul. Mix instant attraction and sexual obsession. Bake at 425º. Gorge on sex and drama. Expect no cool-off.

Neon. Michael Jackson. Fifty-thousand bracelets clinging for life on my arm. Good times, right? Throw in Reaganomics, poverty, and drug abuse around the country and nostalgia's becomes unclean. Jamey and Elise live over their hea
Amy Morgan
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Such powerful, raw emotion throughout this entire book. Elise knows that she will love Jayme from the moment she meets him. He comes from a world of privilege while Elise's life has been filled with anything but privilege and opportunity. The two of them find a love that fixes everything they didn't know was broken and find a way to fight for it while the world continually tries to tear them apart. I was wowed b ...more
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-read
IM LITERALLY HUGGING THIS BOOK. Elise and Jamey Hyde have made me believe in love. Or Jardine Libaire did. Or they all did.

The original Romeo and Juliet will break your heart. This version will put the pieces back together.

I love books where I can feel a deep, real connection to the characters the author creates, and I felt it all here. I don't come from the same socio-economic background that either Elise or Jamey come from, but what will always transcend social class and money is love.

May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book is a hot mess. Seriously, the author takes the rich boy falls for poor girl to a whole new level in this book. Falling into lust and then love, this couple has a raw messy romance that isn't quite a romance in the beginning. Their "chance" encounter starts with sex, then turns to obsession, then love. Those in their lives are confused and conflicted about their relationship. The couple is faced with not only socio-economic issues but issues concerning race as well.

Jamey is a Yale educ
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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When I saw that this book was based on ‘Romeo and Juliet’, but an edgier version set in the 1980s, I was really keen and enthusiastic. However, my expectations were not met and I finished the book feeling considerably relieved that it was over.

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