Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Review: Crossing the Line by Katie McGarry

Book Info:
Title: Crossing the Line
Kindle Edition
67 pages
Published by Harlequin TEEN
Release Date: April 1st 2013
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Katie McGarry captivated readers with her “riveting, emotional”* Young Adult debut, Pushing the Limits. In this gripping novella, she tells the story of Lila and Lincoln, who discover that sometimes it’s worth crossing the line for love…

Lila McCormick, Echo's best friend from Pushing the Limits, first met Lincoln Turner when tragedy struck both their lives. But she never expected their surprise encounter would lead to two years of exchanging letters—or that she’d fall for the boy she’s only seen once. Their relationship is a secret, but Lila feels closer to Lincoln than anyone else. Until she finds out that he lied to her about the one thing she depended on him for the most.

Hurting Lila is the last thing Lincoln wanted. For two years, her letters have been the only thing getting him through the day. Admitting his feelings would cross a line he’s never dared breach before. But Lincoln will do whatever it takes to fix his mistakes, earn Lila’s forgiveness—and finally win a chance to be with the girl he loves.
My Review:
Lila has been writing to Lincoln since she met him at Aires funeral. Two years later they have grown closer and closer and they have fallen for each other over. When Lila realizes Lincoln lied about graduating Lincoln will do anything to get Lila to talk to him again. Lila feeling betrayed she has never been alone before. She struggles with being alone for a couple days and she doesn’t know how she can handle moving away to Florida if she can barely handle being without her family in the house for a few days. Not to mention strange things keep happening and she feels like she’s going crazy.

Crossing the Line isn’t so much a story about love as it is the fear of growing up and facing your biggest fears. Both Lincoln and Lila have issues with their fear dictating their lives.

"Is Lila right? Am I running from the real issues in my life?"

I love how realistic Katie McGarry is with her characters. She really nails it on the head with the characters thoughts and feelings. I LOVED Lila in Pushing the Limits and I really enjoyed hearing about how she viewed everything from the first novel.

Lincoln who is an outsider to the whole thing still had a great perspective on everything and it really made me like him. Lincoln is shy and sweet but still outgoing and strong which I liked. He’s not really like Noah in that he didn’t seem to have all the rage that Noah has. However, Lincoln is still sexy with a yummy six pack and all that jazz so don’t think he’s not equally as sexy as Noah just because he’s not as bad a**.

The ending was both realistic, and romantic. I loved the whole pacing because even though Crossing the Line is waaay shorter than the other novels in this series the story didn’t feel rushed.

All in all Crossing the Line is amazing and enjoyable. Lincoln and Lila and adorable together and I love the growth each character has throughout the short story. If you enjoyed Pushing the Limits you will enjoy this short e-story.

Teaser: “I think sometimes things we don't like happen so we can appreciate the good. Like, can I really enjoy a sunrise if I didn't experience the darkness of night? Without her past, Echo would never have met Noah, and without her losing Aires, I would never have met you.”

Swoon: "His mouth is hot against mine and my hands tangle in his hair in response. Our lips part and our tongues slide together, a delicious slow movement."

KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

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  1. I absolutely LOVED all three full length books in this series, but I'm yet to read this novella. Sometimes I find short stories a rushed and I don't have time to get to know the characters properly. So I'm glad you mention it had good pacing in this one...I think I might finally give Crossing The Line a go :)

  2. I adore this series and have been meaning to read this novella for a while now. Katie has such gorgeous writing. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  3. Excellent review, Sharrice! I loved Pushing the Limits, so I'm familiar with Lila. I need to read all the books in this series. I, too, love how well Ms. McGarry does realism. And Crossing the Line seems like it provides what I love most about mature YA/NA lit...I love witnessing the characters testing the waters...making mistakes...learning about their place in the world. Thanks for sharing!


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