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WHITE FUR by Jardine Libaire
Hogarth Press
4 star ratingMy Highly Caffeinated Thought: A gritty romance with complex characters.

WHITE FUR is a gritty, twisty-turny, and intense book about the romance between to people that by all reasoning shouldn’t be together. Elise and Jamey are polar opposites. Yet, they work so beautifully together in a completely dysfunctional manner.

The way that the author weaves together Jamey’s sometimes disdain for Elise with his love for her is so honest and true-to-life that you can’t help but wonder how these two can ever make it. Then you have Elise. She is a force of nature who is so real that at times I wanted to hate her, but just couldn’t. To put the cherry on top, Libaire set the book in NYC during the 1980s. The city is almost a reflection of the love that these two characters share. It is messy, raw, in your face, and at times simply perfection.

If you are looking for a book that is unabashedly honest and something unconditionally fresh, WHITE FUR is the read for you. This story of young love is not sweet. It has extreme highs and lows. The love story of Elise and Jamey is passionate, dark, and all consuming. I loved it!

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.


 Plot Summary:

White Fur CoverA stunning star-crossed love story set against the glitz and grit of 1980s New York City
 
When Elise Perez meets Jamey Hyde on a desolate winter afternoon, fate implodes, and neither of their lives will ever be the same. Although they are next-door neighbors in New Haven, they come from different worlds. Elise grew up in a housing project without a father and didn’t graduate from high school; Jamey is a junior at Yale, heir to a private investment bank fortune and beholden to high family expectations. Nevertheless, the attraction is instant, and what starts out as sexual obsession turns into something greater, stranger, and impossible to ignore.
 
The unlikely couple moves to Manhattan in hopes of forging an adult life together, but Jamey’s family intervenes in desperation, and the consequences of staying together are suddenly severe. And when a night out with old friends takes a shocking turn, Jamey and Elise find themselves fighting not just for their love, but also for their lives.
 
White Fur follows these indelible characters on their wild race through Newport mansions and downtown NYC nightspots, SoHo bars and WASP-establishment yacht clubs, through bedrooms and hospital rooms, as they explore, love, play, and suffer. Jardine Libaire combines the electricity of Less Than Zero with the timeless intensity of Romeo and Juliet in this searing, gorgeously written novel that perfectly captures the ferocity of young love.

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About Jardine Libaire
Jardine Libaire is a graduate of Skidmore College and the University of Michigan MFA program, where she was a winner of the Hopwood Award. White Fur is her second novel for adults. She lives in Austin, Texas.


Book Details:

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Hogarth (May 30, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451497929
ISBN-13: 978-0451497925

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