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White Lines
ISBN: 9780399257889
Author: Banash, Jennifer
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Published: April 2013
Retail: $17.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: In 1980s New York City, 17-year-old Caitlin tries to overcome her mother's abuse and father's abandonment by losing herself in nights filled with clubbing and drugs, followed by days of stumbling aimlessly through school.
Additional Information
Target Grade: 10-12
Grade level: 10-12
Physical Information: 1.25" H x 125.00" L x 6.00" W
Bargain Category: Social Issues, Middle School, High School
Grade level(s): 10th, 11th, 12th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
Seventeen-year-old Caitlin is on her own, reluctant high school senior by day and "club kid" at night. At turns frenetic, straightforward, and evasive, Cat's narrative is a visceral and unflinching portrait of drug use, abuse, and the 1980s New York club scene. Above all, it reveals how relationships are forged--and can fall apart--within the family we choose.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 February #3)

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. (Apr.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 June)

Gr 9 Up—From the outside looking in, 17-year-old Cat has it made. She has her own tiny apartment in New York City and is a "club kid," which means that she works the velvet ropes and is treated like royalty at some of the hottest clubs in town. But her life is spiraling out of control. She lives for the night-the throbbing music, the pulsating lights, the crazy clothes, but most of all, the drugs. Things like school, food, and friendships become secondary to her. Emotionally and physically scarred by her abusive and disturbed mother and abandoned by her father, who refused to see the abuse, Cat shrinks from real emotional relationships. But there is something about Julian, the new guy at Manhattan Preparatory Academy, that makes her want to reach out and connect with him. Will the drugs keep pulling her back? The portrayal of the drug culture and club scene of 1980s New York City is detailed. The first third of the book is incredibly unhappy reading, but such dark plotting is necessary to show the hopelessness of Cat's situation. The language is extremely strong throughout, used casually and (mostly) without emotion. After a climactic and pivotal scene, the ending seems a little pat. If your teens like gritty, urban fiction, White Lines might be something they'd pick up.—Lisa Crandall, formerly at the Capital Area District Library, Holt, MI

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