Saturday, March 1, 2014

Crossing the Line by Katie McGarry

Crossing the Line
Author: Katie McGarry
Published: April 1st, 2013


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 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.
Review:  ***SPOLIER***
In Crossing the Line, we get to see inside Lila’s life. We meet her in Katie’s debut novel, “Pushing the Limits”. She is one of those awesome friends that you want by your side. She does do some stupid shit, but doesn't everyone’s friend? This story, unfortunately, was a novella and was very short. One first thought: What a flippin’ bummer! I loved being able to see inside of her mind, inside her story.
          In this book, we see into her life a little bit more. We learn there is more to her than we saw in the first book. She is capable of loving and not just for ‘status’. She falls in love the old fashion: through letters. Not through text messages, not through emails, not through social media…through good old letters. I absolutely loved this. She reminds us that we don’t need all of that bogus stuff to fall in love the best way possible. We also learn that she isn't as strong as she makes herself out to be. She proves that everyone is vulnerable.
          We meet Lincoln through letters at first but I could already tell he was a sweetheart. You can tell that he’s been through the ringer and you just want to give him a hug. Just like Lila, he has fallen in love through letters. He knows that he loves this girl that he has only met one time. He is just as vulnerable as Lila.
          These two characters know that with everything that they will face in the future they were going to need each other. Lila is trying to make herself believe she is capable of going away to college and she has all the odds against her when someone starts pranking her. Lincoln was supposed to be there at college with her but he messes up. When Lincoln goes to apologize for his mess up, he is there for Lila was she least expect it.  He helps he face her fears when she thought she was going to lose it all. She was going to let her fear win, but he showed her she could fight through it.
          I feel like there is still so much left of their story and I wish this story was continued or much longer. These two characters were awesome to read about. I loved watching them grow in the short span of time that we saw them. I totally recommend reading this book and not skipping it. It was a quick, easy read and it was very enjoyable.

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