Type: Phycological Thriller
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Release Date May 30, 2017
Reviewed by 2shay
Rating: 3 Stars
A 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.
Elegant. The first third of this story was delicious. This author’s way of combining words and phrases is, quite seriously, the best I’ve ever read. It’s a joy to read, a pleasure, a wordgasm. Words and phrases lovingly combined into a head-spinning, lyrical masterpiece. Pure 5 golden star perfection. Then, the rest of the story.
After the first third and before the half way point, I closed this book with no intention of finishing. How many ways can the most talented writer describe sunlight reflected off of windows, the smell of the air on a spring day or a winter day, the people on the street and what they’re wearing and doing before even the most enchanted reader gets bored and just wants the story to move forward? The story bogged down. Way, way down…down into never-finishing-the-book down.
I finished the book. I read every…single…page. And it became torture. Even the most talented author, and Jardine Libaire has to be considered extraordinary, must let the story flow. This author will be one I will search for in the future, hoping that her next effort will balance story and skill more evenly. She deserves to be read, and I hope you do. Every reader should experience the pure pleasure of reading such an amazing writer, while hoping the next story will be better.