So White Lines is about this teenage girl who's life is spiralling out of control. She spends her nights working the scene at the hippest clubs around town (dancing, doing drugs, and basically having the time of her life), while by day she attends a high class reformatory high school because she was caught inhaling coke in the bathroom of her previous school. Her parents? Not in the picture. She isn't an orphan, they just don't care enough to ground her or help her get her life in check. She even lives alone in a tiny apartment on the bad side of town. Some may say "sweet!" but I am thinking not.
This book has all those crazy rebellious thoughts that we have as teenagers playing out ("I wished I had my own place", "I wanna party all night", "I wanna try all kinds of things, at least once", etc.), and it puts them into action, showing them to their limit. It shows the good side of an independent teenage rebellious life, while also showing the very bad sides. All this written beautifully and seamlessly.
So far I am really enjoying it. It is set in the 80s so it has all these cool references to Madonna and other things like VCRs. The main character is definitely broken, she is dark and twisty and has lots of issues to work through. Sometimes it is just a tad uncomfortable to read the things she does, because I can't fathom why she would do such things, but that is part of the read. It's messy, it's truthful, and it doesn't back away from the hard parts; this is my favorite part of the novel aside from how beautifully it is written. Though because the book doesn't have a set "goal" or "end game" it can sometimes be a slow-going read.
At the end of the day I was not this girl, so living vicariously through her and seeing "the scene" is pretty darn cool, I just hope by the end she gets her happy ending and not a tragic one.