Jennifer has also been sweet enough to answer a few questions for me (and is a total tease where Julian is concerned!). Once you've devoured all of that EPICNESS, then of course you're GOING TO WANT TO WIN AN ARC, RIGHT?!
A gritty, atmospheric coming-of-age tale set in New York’s Lower East Side
Seventeen-year-old Cat is living every teenager’s dream—she has her own apartment on New York’s 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 her real life occurs, is more nightmare than dream.
The sounds of the city grate against Cat’s nerves, she shrinks away from human touch, and can barely think the words “I love you” even when she feels them. Having spent years suffering her mother’s emotional and physical abuse, and abandoned by her father who’s found happiness in another woman, Cat is terrified and alone—unable to connect to anyone or anything. But then someone comes along who makes her want to stop escaping her life and actually live it, only 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.
Q&A WITH THE AMAZING AUTHOR, JENNIFER BANASH!
White Lines clearly deals with a lot of heavy issues. Did you ever get emotional while writing Cat's journey?
Very. It was an incredibly hard book to write in a lot of ways--so much so that it took the better part of three years.
Name one characteristic you admire most about Cat?
She's a survivor. Even though she deals with so much abuse in her life, she keeps going.
Can you tease us with any hints about this Julian guy we meet in the excerpt? I'm intrigued already!
Well, he and Cat are going to run away to a magical island populated by faeries and wizards, where Cat will wear lots of floaty dresses and Julian will wear a loincloth. Not. You'll have to read the book!
How did you react when you were told White Lines was going to be published? Did you do anything to celebrate? (Congrats, by the way!!)
Thanks! I screamed for about five minutes straight, had a glass of pink champagne, then promptly fell asleep :) Negotiations had been going on for a week before I got word that it sold, and it was an incredibly tense and stressful time. I was just so relieved that the book sold to the editor I so desperately wanted, Stacey Barney at Putnam.
When the zombie apocalypse hits, which three books would you risk your tasty flesh to rescue before running for your life?
All of Francesca Lia Block's WEETZIE BAT books--but that's more than three :) I adore those books and read them over and over again---they never get old.
EXCERPT FROM WHITE LINES
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Ends 18th July 2012