Published by Independent on Dec 6th 2013
High school senior Liv Evans has one rule: No attachments. She’s lost enough in her life and has vowed to do whatever it takes to make sure she never again feels the emptiness of losing someone she loves. Boys are a fun distraction, but a serious relationship is something she’d rather live without. Her determination for a future free of pain and heartbreak is put to the test when she meets–and quickly forms an unexpected bond–with Logan Tanner.
Logan has always been a free spirit, but ever since a life-changing event took place, which left him doubting the integrity of those who are closest to him, he’s taken that term to a whole new dangerous level. Learning the hard way that life is too short for worries or work–and that women can’t be trusted–Logan has exchanged steady work for street racing. When Liv walks into his world, everything he thought he knew about life and women is challenged.
In The Fine Line, Liv and Logan will discover if it’s possible for true love to have a future, or if history is destined to repeat itself.
The Fine Line is a good title for this book. It definitely walked a fine line between entertaining and utterly frustrating with an emphasis on the latter. I will admit that I was utterly absorbed at times at the sheer drama on every page similar to how I am when watching E! reality shows however at times it was simply.too.much.
Liv is a teenage girl who has never once had a man in her life that didn’t let her down. Watching the endless parade of “fathers” whom she bonded with walk out the door when their relationships with her mother ended has left her hurt and distrustful of the promises and sweet nothings any boy whispers in her ear. Until she meets Logan, a street racer with sweet and kind side, she connects with him immediately and they build a really touching friendship. It’s clear both want more but Liv’s refusal to give in to her heart pulls them both into a dysfunctional relationship where one minute they are soulmates and the next openly flirting with other people to make the other one jealous and prove they don’t care.
Like the plot itself the characters both entertained me and drove me mad however I have to commend Kobishop’s writing skills because she did make sure I was fully invested in the characters’ development and storyline.
While I could understand Liv’s hurt and lack of trust, I didn’t buy the lengths she went to protect herself given the stable relationship her mother is involved in when Liv meets Logan. At times she came across a bit overdramatic which given she’s already a teenage girl and drama is part of the package was impressive albeit eye-roll inducing. I really liked Logan for the most part, he definitely seemed like a cute, fun guy that could draw Liv out of her protective armour and I loved their friendship and how they supported each other in particular when Liv met Logan’s family and helped him engage with a difficult situation. However as their feelings deepened for each other their friendship took a turn for the worst pretty quickly and while the tension of a “Will they, won’t they?” relationship is always compelling the push/pull in this book was supremely annoying. Both characters would say one thing and then do another. Both would openly flirt with other people in an effort to make the other person jealous and then act annoyed when the tables were turned. At times Logan behaved controlling towards Liv and made outrageous demands on her and literally tried to drag her away from other boys which disappointed me. As two people who were clearly perfect for each other and incapable of simply being friends it sucked to watch them deliberately hurt each other. As the book went on I felt like it ran out of steam as the back and forth meant it lost its momentum and emotional effect on the reader as the plotline became predictable. Despite this the book remained at all times utterly readable and I needed to keep going no matter what.
Overall for a debut novel I thought The Fine Line was enjoyable, compelling and stylistically accomplished however it was let down by the melodramatic plot and the constant conflict followed by resolution too easily achieved. Fun sweet and entertaining I’d recommend this to readers who love NA and don’t mind angst-ridden on-off relationships that are chock full of drama!