Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Review: Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line (Pushing the Limits #1.5)
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.
(Cover & Description from GOODREADS.)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen (Kindle ebook format)
Publication Date: April 1, 2013
Kat's Review
It's no secret that I'm a fan of Katie McGarry's writing, so I was excited to see that she released a novella to tide over her fans while they wait for Dare You To to be released.  Crossing the Line is a short novella that gives readers a glimpse inside the life of Echo's best friend Lila from Pushing the Limits.  Although Lila is certainly present in that book, very little of her personal life is revealed, and this novella brings her story to life. 
I will admit that it's difficult to craft a complex storyline in less that a hundred pages, but this novella felt to me like a taste of things to come.  The story covers a few short days in Lila's life, although the decision she makes during that time will affect the rest of her life.  I could actually see Lila's college days as a full book.
We're also introduced to Lincoln, the boy who has been writing to Lila for the past two years.  The boy who shows up on her doorstep asking for forgiveness.  Katie McGarry knows how to write some swoon-worthy male characters, I tell you.  Attractive, hurt, trying to redeem himself and find his path, Lincoln takes a chance on his feelings for Lila, and hopes that the lie he's told hasn't destroyed everything.
Rating: A Good Read
It's a novella, less than a hundred pages.  Assigning it the same type of rating as a longer book is kind of strange, but I liked it and read it through all at once, so I'm sticking with my good read rating.  If you've never read any of this author's books and want a taste of her writing style, this isn't a bad place to start.  However, her books have characters who are more tortured than these two (in a really compelling way.)  If you are curious about what I thought of her two novels, please click on my review of Pushing the Limits or of the upcoming Dare You To.


  1. I really liked this novella but was sad that it was so short. I really wanted more Lincoln and Lila!

    1. Yes I wanted more too. Maybe it will become a full book sometime in the future!

    2. I hope so. I feel like it was only a teaser :-)


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