Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Series: Pushing the Limits, #1.5
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: April 1st 2013
Goodreads Summary: 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.
“Is it weird that I feel so close to you even though you’re hundreds of miles away and we’ve only met once? I hope not. I’m glad that you’re in my life. ~Lila”
–Crossing the Line by Katie McGarry
Lila and Lincoln’s story is a great addition to the Pushing the Limits series. Lila was a great supportive character in Pushing the Limits, and to get to know more of her story is definitely good. In this novella, we get to see how Lila and Lincoln, two seemingly different characters overcome obstacles and fall in love.
Lila is reconsidering her decision to go to a college so far away from home, while Lincoln is dealing with the fact that he may just lose the only good thing in his life- Lila. They’ve been mailing letters to each other for almost years, in which they discuss their most personal hopes, dreams and fears. In the process, they realize they have fallen in love with each other. But with thousands of miles separating them, and a secret that Lincoln is keeping from Lila, their relationship may be doomed before it even starts.
I’ve got to admit, that most of the time novellas are pretty much instant love or instant hate for me. I’m glad it was the former.
Although this is only a 67-page story, so much happens, that you’ll think there’s more. The way that Lila and Lincoln’s relationship evolves is so natural that you’ll wish the story were longer.
What I most enjoyed about this novella is that there was no over-the-top drama. There’s a completely honest relationship between the two, and they don’t hold anything back.
I loved how Lincoln appeared at Lila’s house to actually help her overcome some personal fears, and at the same time he also worked out some problems of his own.
Lila wasn’t a damsel in distress, and Lincoln wasn’t an egotistical jerk; they were both amazing characters that were perfect for each other.
I genuinely enjoyed this installment in the Pushing the Limits series. It put a smile on my face and made me anxious to see what else Katie McGarry can do.
Rating: 4.5 stars.
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