Saturday, April 6, 2013

Novella Review: Crossing the Line

Release Date: April 1, 2013
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Length: 67 pages

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.

Protagonists: Lila and Lincoln met during a time of tragedy and have been writing letters to each other for nearly two years. During that time they never saw each other again until Lincoln reveals a lie he's been hiding and has to travel ten hours to win her back. During their weekend together they both grow and help each other conquer the obstacles in their way. The character development was something that I was shocked by as these characters grow over the course of such a small story and in a very realistic way. It never ceases to amaze me how authors can stir up all the elements of a full sized story into a quick novella.

Romance: Since this is a contemporary YA romance the romantic tensions are high throughout most of this novella. Though these two characters feel the same way about each other, they feel as though the other only sees their relationship as one of close friendship. During their time together they have to deal with their feeling privately lest the other find out their true feelings but the closer they get the harder it will be to kee their feelings hidden.

World-Building: In terms of world-building this book doesn't offer much more than a look into the mind of Lila, a character I had originally written off as sweet and devoted, yet, unimportant. However, this novella leaves me feeling better about this character's importance and we see how deep her friendship with Echo truly goes. Speaking of Echo, we do get a small cameo of her during a phone call between her and Lila.

Predictability: The predictability of this novella is fairly high, but not in any way that would ruin the book. It's not annoyingly obvious when I figured out how things would play out, and there was one instance in which I was caught off-guard, this being the lie that Lincoln told Lila, which gave the only real unpredictability.

Ending: I really didn't want this novella to end so soon, I wanted a bit more closure on Lincoln's family and what was going to happen next. While I feel like this story was told (almost) fully, I still would have loved to see what the author would do had this been a full sized novel. The actual ending was great and full of hope for these characters.


Even though this is the only contemporary series I have read, I have to say that it's one of my favorites and I cannot wait to dig into Dare You To Beth's love story, which I received for review late last month. There is not denying that this is looking to be a 5 crest series for sure.

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1 comment:

  1. I really loved this book too,this author always manages to keep my interest!