Book Review: White Fur

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

White Fur by Jardine Libaire

From the publisher:
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. 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.

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The writing in this book is undeniably beautiful. Some books are focused on plot and action, some on characters, some on setting. And some, like this one, are just beautifully written and every sentence feels like a descriptive explosion. Her descriptions in here are some of the strangest and most lovely and enhancing ones I've read. That being said, there are some instances where I was a bit overwhelmed by heavy and unnecessary descriptions. In some cases I couldn't really even make sense of why a certain metaphor was being used, and some felt overdone or excessive. Still, the lovely descriptions outweighed those that felt non essential. 

This book is also character driven. It's not so much about the plot as it is about discovering who these two people are as they discover each other. They're not always likable, they don't always make the right decision. But they are genuine, and in pain, and in love, and feel fully real. The second half of the book captivated me much more than the first and kept me emotionally attached to Elise and Jamey. 

This is also a very sensual book. It's very mature and exposed and raw. It's a non traditional romance story. Things don't always work out. They might not be "meant for each other," but by the end they prove that that expression doesn't always have to mean the same thing. It might be better that way. It's worth reading if you like heavily descriptive and character focused writing. It's truly captivating. 

Links: Author Website, Goodreads, full tour
Buy it on Amazon:White Fur: A Novel

I received this book through TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. The cover and title of this book are both strangely intriguing to me ... there's just something about them that captures my attention.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!