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White Fur by Jardine Libaire
Literary fiction

White Fur

by Jardine Libaire

Quick take

Their love burns with the fire of a thousand suns, the way all first great loves do, and everything that transpires between them stokes that fire deeper.

Why I love it

Laia Garcia

Star-crossed lovers lead completely opposite lives yet find themselves living next door to each other. Jamey is a legacy trust-fund kid studying at Yale; Elise a streetwise girl from the Connecticut projects with nothing to her name but an old white fur coat.

Their love burns with the fire of a thousand suns, the way all first great loves do, and everything that transpires between them stokes that fire deeper. Every word and every silence. Every sex scene (they are numerous and steamy). Every glance and every breath. It’s a kind of love that feels like poetry, and Jardine Libaire’s prose captures the heightened emotions of the young couple, with language that envelops you like you are floating beneath clouds of cotton candy. And yes, it’s true that sometimes her prose can also make you feel like you’re drowning in molasses, but that’s also part of being in love. Drowning.

Their love moves at the speed of a runaway freight train, from New Haven to New York City, and the book develops with that same intensity. As I found myself reading faster and faster, the intoxicating, maddening energy of their relationship spilled out of the pages and into my real life. My heart beat faster and faster, so much so that at one point I had to put the book away, not ready to find out what was about to happen in the next pages. At dinner, I could only talk about the book, relaying the story of Jamey and Elise to my boyfriend who patiently sat across me, as if they were real people.

White Fur is raw and powerful'”a love story where love conquers all, but still makes us wonder, is it worth it?

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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. 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.

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2948 ratings
  • 21% Love
  • 43% Like
  • 30% Dislike
  • Bellevue, NE

    The writing style was unique and I found myself holding onto quotes and relatable one liners. The story was amazing and felt both so real and so unbelievable at the same time. I couldn't put it down!

  • Boise, ID

    White Fur was written in a way that makes you uncomfortable, nervous, and embarrassed for the characters. You'll find yourself rooting for them, hoping for the best, and not wanting the story to end.

  • Leechburg, PA

    This book was amazing, not only do you have that romance between the two characters but you also have this urgency to change.Both characters struggle with obstacles that they didn't think would happen

  • Los Angeles, CA

    I enjoyed reading this one. Great writing & fun subject. Characters nicely developed. Not sure what happened at the ending- went in a really random direction w/little meaning to the rest of the story.

  • Foster City, CA

    I loved this book, I was hooked from the first page....however, I'm not really sure how I feel about the ending. I'm still talking about it though and I've told my friends to read it! -Elisabeth Selph

  • Chicago, IL

    Libaire's unique and romantic prose narrates a challenging relationship as it blossoms. The beautiful story tears into gossamer shreds as they race toward conclusion. An engaging work of literary art.

  • Eugene, OR

    Libaire is a master wordsmith. every sentence was poetic with equal cruelty and beauty. I wasn't ready to leave the characters and wanted one more page. one more chapter. I couldn't put this book down

  • Shrewsbury, MA

    Not a book I would have picked out on my own; it was a little dark, a little gritty, but I liked the trip it took me on. I couldn't wait to get back to it every night. It stayed on my mind afterwards.

  • Milford, CT

    Took awhile to feel invested in- the good reviews were the only reason I powered through the awkward style. Halfway through I couldn't stop. NYC setting felt way more grounded. BEAUTIFUL descriptions.

  • Lowell, MA

    Jardine Libaire's prose is amazing. Her ability to defamiliarize and reinvent the "star-crossed lovers" is impressive, believable and supremely well done. I would buy/read another of Libaire's novels.

  • Rye, NY

    WOW! I almost stopped reading at the start but I'm glad I didn't. Awesome New York story of two scarred people who grow and evolve individually and together in a surprising way. High recommendations!

  • Boston, MA

    Amazing book - I finished it in two days. The writing is's poetic, raw, shocking, beautiful, real. Ms. Libaire has a gift. There were so many parts of both characters I could relate to.

  • Maryville, TN

    At first, I was struggling to keep up with the story line. As Elise & Jamey's story took off, though, I realized I had to keep going. I was terrified towards the end, & crying happily at the last line

  • Erie, CO

    I loved this book. I am a very fast reader and some of the twists and turn were so fast that I had to reread different parts. I found my saying, "wait WHAT?" out loud and then laughing hysterically.

  • Fort Myers, FL

    I could not put this book down! I loved the chaos of jumping from one character to another without warning, always knowing what everyone was thinking and feeling. This is the best kind of love story.

  • Hillsborough, NJ

    This is a 'real' love story. The way the book is written is unique & makes you connect with the characters instantly. I couldn't put it down & found myself thinking about book when I was not reading!

  • Amherst, MA

    White Fur is a rare read that's as romantic and sexy as it is literary. This is a deeply moving novel of star-crossed lovers. Gorgeous writing. It made me laugh and cry. I can't recommend it enough.

  • Jefferson , PA

    YES! This book had me enthralled almost immediately. I could not put it down. I actually finished it in two days. A thug/prep version of Romeo and Juliet with a hundred times the heat! Very sultry!

  • Brooklyn, NY

    A very thoughtful and familiar look at the spectrum of true, terrifying and undeniable love – weaved with beautiful words and imagery. I could not put it down, and wish it didn't have to end.

  • Holland, MI

    Rough start as I got use to the writing style but there were just these one-liners that were so poetic. I hung in there and I REALLY enjoyed the book. Complicated and even heart-wrench but worth it.

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