Crossing the Line by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits
Published by Harlequin Teen on April 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, YA
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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.
This will be a short review since I don’t want to say too much and let y’all really enjoy the novella. Talk about a book that can give you butterflies and heart attacks all within seventy pages. In one part of Crossing the Line I was scrambling to get through to see what happens next because I just knew something bad was about to happen.
First things first, I need more of this story right now!! I felt like Crossing the Line was just one big tease and there should be a whole Lincoln and Lila novel. Lila was kind of in the shadows during Pushing the Limits but you never forget what an awesome person she was. I feel like Lila has always been someone with a sweet disposition. I was scared she was going to give up and give in to others but things definitely took an interesting turn. We also don’t really know much about Lincoln, but I definitely need more of him.
I think it’s really neat that Lila and Lincoln wrote old school letters to each other. I wish people still did this; it just seems so much more personal. People can say that the way the characters met adding in the way they interacted for 2 years it couldn’t result in love, but I think that isn’t true. I feel that you give yourself more to someone through a handwritten letter than any other form of communication.
I don’t think the “drama” element of Crossing the Line was a big deal. We all get ashamed of certain thing in life. I think the way things were found out wasn’t the best way but I can understand not knowing how to tell someone something important.
I enjoyed getting tiny glimpses of Echo and Noah. Just hearing that everything is going well with them definitely made me happy. I do hope we get glimpses of Lila and Lincoln in future books or at least another novella to see how they are doing.