Love stories can be romantically gooey or tragic, but the more interesting ones from an outsider’s perspective are often the tragically inclined ones. White Fur by Jardine Libaire is a story of two unlikely lovers finding their place in the world.
A dreary winter afternoon in New Haven brings together an unlikely couple with worlds of differences between them, Elise Perez and Jamey Hyde. Elise grew up quickly in a housing project without a father and with a mother whose questionable life choices left her looking after her younger siblings. Jamey’s family name provides him an extremely comfortable life and access to lofty social circles, although the vast fortune comes with strings attached in the form of family expectations for Jamey’s future. As their relationship develops they face both internal and external struggles.
The story moved quickly with the shorter snippets from Elise and Jamey’s perspectives alternating throughout each month of their developing relationship. I found the characters to be rather despicable, acting in a manipulative way more than genuine emotion, which while interesting was also frustrating; they exhibit a dangerous dependency upon one another for survival in an extremely physical relationship with very little substance behind it. I enjoyed how the story came full circle from the prologue-esqe first chapter a la Shakespearean plays (such as Romeo & Juliet, which this book has been compared to); however, it would have been a stronger, more compelling ending to stop shortly beyond where it started with the gun instead of continuing on to the nonsensical ending.
Overall, I’d give it a 3 out of 5 stars.
*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.