White Fur by Jardine Libaire

White Fur

Jardine Libaire

White Fur is a vivid, hypnotic story of a star-crossed couple, set among the glitz and grit of 1980s New York City.

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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.


Advance Galley Reviews

I could not even get through half of this book. While it might be right for someone, that someone is not me. I found little to like in the characters. A bit too raunchy. I just couldn't get up the desire to root for them.

This was a most unusual story which actually made it very intriging. The main characters, who were lovers could not have been more different. He came from a wealthy well to do family and she was raised in the projects. The attraction started out as just physical, at least for him but eventually changed into much more. His family objected strongly to his relationship but he did not let that change anything. This was a very well written book as well as being very sexual in its detail. Even though it is not the kind of thing I normally read I definitely recommend it.

This story was strange. The being said, something made me keep reading and finish the story, so I can't say I completely hated it. For a story about a relationship, it wasn't all that romantic, and the ending felt very abrupt. It is well-written, I just think the story wasn't really for me. It wasn't what I expected, but it's worth a read.

It took me a while to get into this story. It seemed like it was drawn into the sexual only and that it was predominantly about life on the street. As the story unfolded, I was captured by the strength and power of the love between Elise and Jamey. They both come from different backgrounds and lifestyles, but it is inevitable that they will become entwined and drawn together. Jamey lowers down into her lifestyle and is able to find his authentic self. At the turning point in the story, Elise feels that she has lost her love to madness. She takes him away with her and he returns to her. This was a different style of book to what I am used to, but I found a lot of beauty in the unexpected.

 


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