Published by McElderry Books
Date Published: May 4, 2010
Cassel comes from a family of curse workers -- people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn't got the magic touch, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail -- he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.Pure Rubbish. Those are the only two words that are the farthest thing away from this book! Holly Black has yet again written an amazing book that not only captures your attention but takes you on quite a crazy ride with magic, con men, cats, murder, and best of all...love. I bought this book at the beginning of the summer and planned on reading it then but summer plans and, honestly, pure laziness got me sidetracked and it sat on my shelf. I had been wanting to read it and was even embarrassed when I met Holly a few months ago when I had to plug my ears while my friends talked about it with her. Now, I wish I had picked it up earlier! Why? Because it is amazing! I even had some author friends begging me to read it saying "It's pure genius" and "One of the best books I've ever read!" And seeing as Holly's writing is never sub-par, they were right.
Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.
I found myself relating to Cassel in a lot of ways. He's the youngest in the family (ditto), was always treated as the youngest (ditto), was held "captive" by his tyrannical mom (needless to say...ditto). He felt like he was a let down since everyone in his family were workers yet he wasn't. He had even killed the only girl he ever loved! He was a messed up kid. But this story goes farther beyond that and Cassel discovers gifts that he could only imagined. Holly's development of her character's was amazing and they truly felt a part of my life. All I have to say is "I Loved White Cat!" I won't say more because I would hate to spoil it for someone else but I urge you to pick up this book!
-Reviewed by Jeremy