I would like to thank NetGalley and Crown Publishing, Hogarth, and Jardine Libaire for the ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) of “White Fur” by Jardine Libaire for my honest review. Kudos to Jardine Libaire for her storytelling of such a unique, strange, unusual and bizarre novel. The author’s descriptions of people, places and things are amazing.
The genres of this story are Fiction, and Women’s Fiction. The time line of the story takes place in the 1980’s. The story first takes place in New Haven, then Long Island, New York City, Wyoming , Chicago and other places.
The author describes the characters as complex and complicated, with flawed and possibly dysfunctional personalities.
Out two main characters, Elise Perez and Jamie Hyde come from different worlds of opportunity. Elise was born to a sixteen year old mother, who made many poor choices. Elyse grew up in poverty witnessing her mother’s boyfriends inappropriate behavior, sex, and drug. Elise was born with skills and a tough outer shell for survival. She was responsible at times for watching the other children and working to pay bills. As a result, Elise didn’t finish high school.
Jamie Hyde, is handsome, extremely wealthy, and is like a magnet attracting attention. Jamie is in Yale, and his father owns a major financial company, and his divorced strange mother is a well-known actress. Both the mother and father are unlikable. They are not capable of showing affection, attention or love. Jamie appears to be a leader, but that is an illusion. He is chronically sad and pretends to “feel” something. He tends to look like he is paying attention, but is in another world.
The two characters are neighbors in New Haven. Elyse and Jamie start an obsessive and lustful relationship. They are two opposites in many ways that have both been brought up in toxic households. Jamie’s family try to go to any length necessary to stop this relationship.
Is it possible for two characters from differing worlds to have a relationship and be in love? This story is a modern updated twisted version of Romeo and Juliet. In this world are two opposing families, betrayal, drugs, alcohol, and danger. This is a very dangerous place to be for two young lovers.
I would highly recommend this intriguing and disturbing novel. It is very hard to put down. Happy Reading!!