Tuesday, July 3, 2012

WHITE LINES: Cover Reveal, Excerpt, Interview & GIVEAWAY!

Thanks to the amazing Putnam Juvenile and author extraordinaire, Jennifer Banash, I have a VERY awesome post to share with you all! First up is the gorgeous cover reveal of WHITE LINES, Jennifer's contemporary YA novel being released by Putnam in April 2013. If that's not enough to get your clicky finger rushing to preorder, then the chapter excerpt most definitely will!

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.
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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.

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EXCERPT FROM WHITE LINES

THREE
  
I’M SITTING ON THE STONE STEPS at school, pretending to en­joy 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 down­town 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 café 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 sit­ting 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 Transform­ers 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 interest­ing 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 careen­ing 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 ex­pert, 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 wish­ing 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 pass­ing 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 in­visible 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.


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WANT TO WIN AN ARC OF WHITE LINES?!

Be among some of the very first readers to get your hot little hands on a copy of this April 2013 release! The incredible team at Putnam Juvenile are offering one lucky reader their very own ARC! Enter my giveaway below and then check out Jennifer's blog for the other fabulous bloggers offering more chances to win!

Open internationally
Ends 18th July 2012

45 comments:

  1. EEEEE Brodie! I haven't actually heard of this book before until all the cover reveals happening around the blogosphere today! And the cover + story looks AMAZING! Super duper can't wait for the release date. Thank you for sharing this awesome post with us, Brodie! <3

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  2. Hold up, wait a minute let me put... lol jk but I want my own apartment in new york! Lol and YES, that is the one thing that I decide to comment on. I've never heard of this book before but I'm definitely interested now. Also, Cat kinda seems like a badass lol which is awesome!

    Shae @ Understanding Shae's Story

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  3. I can't wait to read this one! I love reading anything about Club Kids. My copy of Party Monster is well read and well worn!

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  4. Awwww I was all excited at the prospect of this Julian in a loin cloth and now my hopes are completely dashed! ;-) While this definitely sounds like a heavy read, it also sounds like one of those stories that will stay with me long after I've finished and those are always my favorite kind. Thanks for a look at the cover, the excerpt and the interview Brodie! Really looking forward to this one:)

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  5. I came across this book a few days ago . . . sounds awesome. I really love the cover too - simple but effective, like I told someone earlier on another blog. Thanks for the giveaway, Brodie!

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  6. Eep! This looks so exciting! I hadn't heard of it before but it sounds awesome. Thank you! :)

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  7. I actually haven't heard much about this one, but it sounds great! I really liked the excerpt and the cover is veerry cool. Thanks for sharing all of this with us! :P

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  8. Wow, this looks amazing. I love the excerpt, but now I have to wait until APRIL to read it. Bummer.

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  9. I just discovered this book and can't wait to read it. It sounds amazing and that excerpt is super interesting too! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  10. This book is new to me but the cover is just amazing. I really love the coloring. Need more after that excerpt!

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  11. ADDED!! You and your ability to make me want to read books I've never heard of before -- you always unleash it on me, Brodie! :') LOL and Jennifer, it's definitely okay to pick more than three books for that zombie apocalypse question. I don't know how anyone could possibly narrow it down when there are so many favourites out there! x) (I tried to do it in my head and am pretty sure that the count automatically jumped from zero to twenty LOL... <3)

    WONDERFUL INTERVIEW, YOU TWO! Can't wait to get my hands on this now! *crosses fingers* :) <3

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  12. Thanks everybody! I am feeling the love! Almost enough to go back to the MS and write in that scene with Julian and the loincloth . . . :) And a special thanks to Brodie, who wrote me some kickass questions--thanks for the support.

    xxoooxx

    Jennifer Banash

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  13. LOINCLOTH? LOINCLOTH YOU SAY? I AM CHOOSING TO BELIEVE SHE'S NOT JOKING.
    UGH. OK. SERIOUSLY. I don't know when I became a contemp-devouring fiend, but it happened, and OMFG THIS SOUNDS SO GOOD! Thanks so much for hosting, B!

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    1. Sarah, I am loving you! And maybe I'm not joking . . just maybe :) Happy 4th!

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    2. Hehehe! I'm glad to please! It sounds AMAZING! Absolutely cannot wait :D

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    3. I'm giving away an ARC every friday on my blog till they're gone--enter at jenniferbanash.com to win! An extra chance to score a hard to get ARC way before pub date! xo

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  14. I haven't heard of this before yesterday actually. But I do like the sound of it: A gritty, atmospheric coming-of-age tale. I miss reading contemp novels! I'm in a sci-fi/paranormal mode right now. But I miss that touching, awesome feel of reading a contemp. Loved the interview, too!

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  15. I loved the excerpt! And I already love Cat - demented waves with apples. Awesome. Oh god, I laughed out loud at the loincloth part.

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  16. this is the first i've heard of this book, but it sounds awesome and i love the excerpt! it's not like anything i've been reading lately either, so it'd be nice to mix it up a bit : ) thanks for the great interview and introducing a new author to me!!

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  17. I hadn't heard about White Lines before this post, but now, seeing the cover (which is simply awesome!), reading the Q&A, and the excerpt has made it go onto my to-read list!

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  18. I've heard a few things about this book & I likey. Definitely adding it to my TBR list :-D

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  19. Sounds like an absolutely amazing book!
    The exerpt is fab-thanks for the oppurtunity to win an ARC!

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  20. YES!!!!! I love the sound of this so much, bring on this awesome-sounding contemp! Thanks for hosting a giveaway, woo!

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  21. So... no loincloth after all? Bummer :( Haha, this book sounds great though! I hadn't heard of it before now but after reading the summary and excerpt, I think I'll check it out! I'm not a huge fan of the cover for some reason but I don't DISlike it. The excerpt and interview definitely intrigued me! :) I loved the part about Julian's pants... LOL. Cat sounds like she'll be an interesting MC for sure!

    Thanks for the fantastic post, Brodie! :D I'm so glad I found out about this novel!

    Sonia

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  22. I've seen WHITE LINES around & about. It does intrigue. Needs a new cover I think.

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  23. The cover is quite eye-catching. I really like the coloring.

    White Lines sounds like a great read.
    Thanks for the chance to win an ARC!

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  24. Oooh, this book sounds so intriguing! It also sounds like it will be a hard read, too. Thanks for the giveaway, Brodie! :)

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  25. This sounds soooooo good! And I like how the purple text kinda makes the cover jump out at me :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. Very funny interview answers and a really interesting book idea, can't wait to read this one!

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  27. This book sounds really good. I know what it's like to be afraid to love and be left messed up by your parents so I'm hoping if I read it I'll connect with Cat and learn as she does.

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  28. I'm loving it. The cover, her writing, EVERYTHING.

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  29. I really like this cover. That plus the excerpt- I am SOLD.

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  30. omg this sounds kinda amazing!! i love the title and the cover and the excerpt was amazing. totes hope i win

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  31. Ok, as if that cover didn't get my attention enough, you juse HAD to throw in that excerpt, didn't you? And that is why I stay away from them, because now here I am breathing heavy and desperate to hunt down this book as soon as possible. Must. Read. NOW!!

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    1. Hi Tiffany! Thanks for your kind words. Get an extra chance to win an ARC on my blog every friday at jenniferbanash.com xo

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  32. I apparently missed this a few days ago (when the cover came out) but I really really like the NYC-in-the-80s setting so I'm definitely reading this one once it comes out!

    thanks for the giveaway!

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  33. The White Lines cover is intriguing and hey, at least it's different! It's not the best cover but...I love the purple text so that make's up for it! ;D

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  34. OMG!!! I'm dying to read this book, it sounds so amazing!!
    Thanks so much for the chace!!

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  35. "and Julian will wear a loincloth. Not. "
    And I got excited for a moment there!

    I'm intrigued with the cover, but I can't say it caught my attention...

    Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

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  36. Oh my gosh! I am so super excited for White Lines. The cover is absolutely gorgeous, the synopsis has me already ensnared and dying to dive into the pages, and the excerpt is such a ball of awesome. I just simply cannot wait!

    Thank you, so much for this awesome giveaway!

    Suz @ A Soul Unsung
    susanhaugland@att.net

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  37. OMG I'm soo excited to read this!!! I love the cover!!!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!!!!!!

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  38. I've never looked into this book before, but it sounds fantastic! So adding it to the wishlist. :)

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  39. this sounds like a very interesting read

    I would love a chance to read and review at The Reading Cafe. Thank you for the giveaway promotion.

    sandy@thereadingcafe.com

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  40. Beautiful cover and I've heard stellar things about this!!

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