Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: White Lines by Jennifer Banash

Scheduled for release on April 4, 2013

Description (Taken from Goodreads):
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.

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Putnam has also offered up a nice little excerpt:

I’M SITTING ON THE STONE STEPS at school, pretending to en joy an apple that I bought from an Asian grocery a few blocks over, when all I’m really thinking about is how long I have left until I can go home and start getting ready for the club, every stroke of makeup on my skin sliding me further from daylight. I tongue the white flesh and sink my teeth in, wishing the ripe fruit was the tanned blond head of one of the salad girls.
Since Manhattan Prep is housed in a brownstone and has a population of only one hundred students or fewer in the entire school, we don’t have a cafeteria. Or a prom. Or dances. Or phys ed. Instead, the Park Avenue girls buy salads at a cafeteria next door and sit in the glass atrium picking at their wilted greens, retouching their lip gloss with sticky pink wands. Even though we are all essentially weird in some way— after all, this is a school for kids who have gotten into some kind of trouble—it’s not enough to banish cliques completely. We still have the same bullshit categories as any other school: the jocks, the popular girls, the nerds. And the untouchables.
Like me. It goes without saying that nobody wants to have lunch with the weirdo who goes to clubs all the way down town every night, so I sit on the steps and try to pretend that it doesn’t matter, when really, I’d do just about anything to have a friend here. This silent admission makes my cheeks flush with shame. How can I be so weak? Even at Nightingale, I only ever really had Sara, her blond curls hanging over my shoulder, elaborately folded notes tossed at my feet during study hall. Somehow, it was almost enough. But here, with no one to talk to day after day, the loneliness creeps in like an old friend I no longer want to know. Worse yet, it wants to make small talk. Oh, it’s you again? How’ve you been?
Across the street, Julian, the new kid, sits on the curb in front of Ray’s Pizza, a slice dangling from one hand. As he brings the pizza to his lips, the cheese falls off in one giant greasy slide to his lap. Julian has long dark hair that hangs to his shoulders and looks as if it hasn’t made friends with soap or water in days. His skin is the color of cafĂ© au lait, and there’s something about the tilt of his eyes that makes me think he’s vaguely Asian. He wears jeans so tight that I’m sure years from now he’ll be sit ting in some clinic with his frosty blond wife, stammering that he has no idea WHY they’ve had such a difficult time starting a family. All I know about Julian is that (a) he sits right across the aisle from me in history class, and (b) he transferred from Dalton last week after some kind of scandal involving his ex-girlfriend, and (c) he’s totally into the Ramones. He doesn’t talk to anyone, and never raises his hand in class, just stares down at his binder and scribbles what looks like pictures of Transform ers on the cover with a black pen.
Julian finishes scraping melted cheese off his jeans and looks up, an irritated expression clouding his face. When his eyes meet mine, I feel a rough shock of recognition between us and raise my apple core in a kind of demented greeting, the air suddenly as thick as pudding. Julian tosses me a curt nod and promptly goes back to stuffing the rest of the slice into his mouth, gnawing hungrily at the edges of the crust, watching me all the while. Even though I love staring, and I think that generally other people’s lives are way more interest ing than TV, I feel uneasy as Julian’s eyes lock on to mine. My face burns as he chews the last bite and brushes his hands against his black jeans before walking toward me. I turn the apple core over and over between my palms, my heart careen ing in my chest as he approaches, glad that my hands have something to do even if the core is damp, sticky, and turning browner by the minute. As Julian moves closer, I can’t help but notice how he shakes the hair from his eyes with one ex pert, jagged motion, how his hazel eyes change from green to brown in the light His skin is smooth and slightly bronzed, as if he’s just returned from some exotic locale. He tilts his chin in my direction defiantly, his eyes flicking coolly over my body, taking me in.
“See something you like?” He raises one dark eyebrow, and I feel like I’m going to spontaneously combust, which is what always happens when someone potentially interesting talks to me in the real world—especially if that person happens to be a guy. And up close, Julian is definitely interesting—though it makes my stomach churn spasmodically to even think the word to myself. People are dangerous, unpredictable. I know this implicitly, and every time I come into contact with them, I become a caged animal, a panther pacing back and forth behind steel bars, wary and agitated.
“Yeah,” I stammer, turning redder by the second and wish ing that a manhole would just open up and swallow me whole. I look down at my black boots and scramble for something to say, my brain a jumble of images, none that entirely make sense. “Your pizza—I was just . . . hungry.”
The minute the words leave my lips, I know they are the truth. My stomach begins to growl loudly as if in agreement, and I look up into Julian’s amused face and laugh, my voice echoing in the street, too loud, even with the noise of a pass ing bus belching a thick cloud of black smoke. As the sound vibrates through me, jolting me into the present, I realize that it’s been forever since I’ve laughed at something legitimately funny or awkward without being prompted by the ingestion of some mind-altering substance. Still, I can’t quite turn off that ever-present voice inside my head, the one that holds up an in visible hand to stop me from going further, from moving closer.
People are dangerous . . .
“Well,” Julian says, laughing along with me and holding out a hand, “that’s remedied easily enough. C’mon.”
I stare at his hand, the long fingers, and look into his eyes, which I can now see are flecked with gold. I toss my apple core to the concrete and take hold of him, ignoring the voice that begins, even now, to protest more loudly, whispering like a flock of ruffled birds, Don’t touch, don’t trust. I draw a deep breath and follow him blindly across the street, unsure of where I’m being taken.


Bookish in a Box said...

My favorite recent read is Being Nikki by Meg Cabot; it's fun and lighthearted and a great break from all the dark, heavy stuff I've been reading.

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Denise Z said...

I just finished a really interesting read called A Class Apart by Stephen Henning and it is definitely worth the read. Thank you for sharing about White Lines and for the sneak peak. I am definitely intrigued and looking forward to the journey.

Daniela said...

I finished reading Starters by Lisa Price and it was really good. I loved it! :)


Chrisbails said...

I just finished Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost and loved it. I have loved everyone of her books and her characters. Vlad is one of my favorite characters from the Night Huntress series. Now I am more madly in love with him. This book looks great, love the cover. Thanks for the giveaway.

Vivien said...

I absolutely loved Blackout by Mira Grant. LOVE!!!

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molly.frenzel said...

My favorite recent read is Something Strange and Deadly. Awesome, awesome read. It grabs you from the first sentence and doesn't let go till the last page. If you get a chance, I highly recommend it.


Angie said...

I've just read Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. It was a great high fantasy.

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Tore said...

I have been reading Fifty Shades of Gray which is really good.

Bethie said...

I have read Hostile Witness and enjoyed it.

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Maidenveil said...

One of my recent fav reads is Shadow and Bone by. L. Bardugo. :)

-Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

FreakChiq said...

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller -- An amazing debut! I loved everything about it.

Thanks so much for the chance to win an ARC! :)


Joy said...

I just finished Mothership by Martin Leicht & Isla Neal. Hilarious. Check it out!


tetewa said...

I'm enjoying Black Magic Woman by Justin Gustainis!

Drake said...

Just finished Wife 22 and loved it! emily joy drake at gmail dot com

Jill The OWL said...

I just finished The False Prince and really really enjoyed it!!!

andii* said...

I recently read Die for me by Amy Plum and I just simple loved it!
And I want this book!
The cover intrigues me!
So, i'm in (:


Jessy said...

One of my favorite books that I've read recently is Tempest by Julie Cross

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Lauren M said...

Awesome cover! Thanks for sharing! :)
My current favorite read in Insignia by S.J. Kincaid. It's positively fantastic. I really recommend it! :)


Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Thanks for all the awesome recs everyone! I'll def be checking out a lot of the books.

Gaby said...
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Gaby said...

The cover look amazing. I love the purple they chose and wow that summary I mean how could you not want to put it on you to read list. It sound so so good :D


Maji Bookshelf said...

ooh this book sounds fantastic. Ive seen the cover reveal around but right now was the first time I sat and READ the synopsis. Can't wait to read it!

- juhina

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