{Novella} Review: Crossing the Line by Katie McGarry

November 8, 2013 Book, Uncategorized 9

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Series: Pushing the Limits, #1.5
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: April 1st 2013
Source: Library

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.

My Thoughts: 

“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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  • Novellas always frustrated me as they serve as a little teaser and are usually too short to really go anywhere. Glad this one added to the Pushing the Limits universe!

    • Yes, that always frustrates me too. This one was a stand-alone, but enough elements of the previous book was added, and this book was actually worth the price. Thanks for stopping by, Jeann!

  • Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    EEKS! I really need to get to this one soon, I have it on my kindle I think…not 100% sure lolz. So glad that these characters had a lot more depth that it seems!

    Lovely review, hun! <33

    • Thank Melanie! You SHOULD read it. It’s a great addition and Lincoln is definitely swoony 🙂

  • I started reading this series, but the Spanish words put me off (it’s this series, right? the one with Spanish words?) Maybe I will give it a try again, and see if iBooks dictionary addons work well with the book. Nevertheless, awesome review!

    • Maybe you’re confusing it with Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles? The main character was Mexican, so… I don’t remember any spanish words in these books… well there was ONE scene where they’re “speaking spanish” but I’m pretty sure they translate it in the dialogue. Nevertheless, its a great series and you should pick it up 🙂

      • Yeah, I think I confused myself because I tried to start reading this book (Pushing The Limits) and realized it was different, but I decided to read Anna and the French Kiss instead 🙂