Mini Review: Crossing the Line by Katie McGarry

October 28, 2013 Book Reviews 10 ★★★½

Mini Review: Crossing the Line by Katie McGarryCrossing the Line by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #1.5
Published by Harlequin Teen on April 1st 2013
Pages: 67
Format: ebook
Source: Purchased

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

Novellas are always a bit hit and miss. I like that they add something to the story but I’m not a fan of the trend nowadays for novellas to contain vital info about characters in a series so you’re obligated to read them to know what’s going on. Luckily Katie McGarry’s short and sweet story about Lincoln and Lila is nothing more than a sneak peek behind the scenes into characters we’ve grown fond of and are now fortunate to fall for!

I really liked Lila so I was intrigued that she had this whole secret life going on that Echo didn’t know about. I loved how her friendship with Lincoln grew slowly through the old fashioned medium of letter writing. As each letter is sent they reveal a little more of themselves and their hopes and desires and it was wonderful how connected and in tune with each other they were.

At first I didn’t quite understand why Lila was so upset with Lincoln but as the story progressed I could see how much she had come to depend on him. Friendships and relationships evolve differently these days with the advancement of social media and it was fun to read a story that focused on that.

My only gripe is that of course it is too short. McGarry has a wonderful way of making you care for her characters and her development be it in a short story or a longer novel is stellar. The glimpse we get into Lincoln and Lila’s relationship is far too fleeting and I would love to have seen this cute, sweet romance developed more. Another amazing offering from McGarry!


10 Responses to “Mini Review: Crossing the Line by Katie McGarry”

  1. Chelsea @ Starbucks & Books Obsession

    Great review! I feel the same way about novellas. I do like them but I need the author to develop the characters and the story well enough. I really liked this one too and loved the relationship Lincoln and Lila built. I was amazed by how emotional this one was despite its length.

  2. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    I had borrowed this one from the e-library, but hadn’t had a chance to read it! I skimmed through it, but I definitely need to get it again. I wouldn’t have minded this being a full length novel either!

  3. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    Great review Dani, I didn’t know they had a novella for this series. I’m glad when books that we love have novellas to give us a bit of back story but like you I don’t like it when it’s required reading.

  4. Wendy @ Book Scents

    I want to read this! I agree about novellas — sometimes they feel too short, and feels like things didn’t have time to develop. Glad you enjoyed it! I’m gonna have to check it out! I started dare you to — will finish after boards next week!

  5. tonyalee

    Great review hon!

    I don’t mind Novellas if they are just extra scenes or something added to the story. I didn’t realize there was one for these books until you started reading it. I am glad you liked it even though it was short!

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