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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.
"At 17, Cat is on her own in New York City's East Village. She has fled the penthouse apartment where her abusive mother lives, and it's easier for Cat's emotionally distant father, who lives in Connecticut with his girlfriend, to pay Cat's rent downtown than to admit that his ex-wife is dangerously angry. Ensconced in the club-kid world of the late 1980s, Cat works the door at Tunnel nightclub and is increasingly dependent on cocaine to get her through long nights followed by days at her second-chance high school. Things pick up a bit at school when Julian transfers in, and Cat does have a few friends looking out for her, but she's being pulled deeper into the scene, especially now that her boss has started hitting on her. Banash's Elite series takes place on the Upper East Side, and she knows N.Y.C., but Cat doesn't feel like more than the sum of her many problems. When she finally pulls herself out of her downward spiral, it's not especially surprising: she's a familiar character and this is a familiar arc. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
I dont want to be this person anymore, but Ive been running for so long, I dont know how to stop, how to stand still, how to begin again.
Seventeen-year-old Cat is club kid royalty, with the power to decide who gets past the velvet rope at some of the hottest clubs in the city. She lives for the night with its high-inducing energy, pulsing music and those seductive white lines that can ease all pain. Her days are something else entirely. Having spent years enduring her mothers 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, shell need to summon the courage to confront her demons.
Both poignant and raw, White Lines is a gripping, coming-of-age tale for readers of Willow.
Seven months ago, on a rainy March night, sixteen year- old Willow?s parents died in a horrible car accident. Willow was driving. Now her older brother barely speaks to her, her new classmates know her as the killer orphan girl, and Willow is blocking the pain by secretly cutting herself. But when one boy ?one sensitive, soulful boy?discovers Willow?s secret, it sparks an intense relationship that turns the ?safe? world Willow has created for herself upside down.
Told in an extraordinary fresh voice, Willow is an unforgettable novel about one girl?s struggle to cope with tragedy, and one boy?s refusal to give up on her.
About the Author
Julia Hoban is a woman of many talents: She writes, designs her own clothes and handbags, and attended graduate school for physics and philosophy. She lives with her husband in New York City, and is working on her next novel (and outfit).
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