“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases I’m eagerly anticipating. This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection on Making the Grade is:
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.
WHY AM I “WAITING”?
I have been into stories involving difficult subject matters lately, and WHITE LINES by Jennifer Banash seems like a perfect title to continue the trend. I have also been enjoying some back and forward chats with Jennifer about music videos from the 80′s on her blog recently. Because of this, though I had only just heard of this title, I am already pining for it, thanks to her awesome personality and similar interests. I also plan to check out her other works soon!
What are you “waiting on” this week?