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. Her days are something else entirely. Having spent years enduring her mother's emotional and physical abuse, and abandoned by her father, Cat is terrified and alone. But when someone comes along who makes her want to truly live, she'll need to summon the courage to confront her demons.
- Paperback | 304 pages
- 138 x 208 x 24mm | 280g
- 03 Oct 2014
- Penguin Putnam Inc
- United States
About Jennifer Banash
Jennifer Banash lives and writes in Los Angeles.
"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 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 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 BCCB"