Published: 1st April 2013 by HarlequinTeen
Format: Ebook, 85 pages
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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.
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Oh how I loved this. Crossing the Line is short, heart-warming story about Lila and Lincoln, who met at Echo’s brother’s funeral and have remained pen-pals ever since. But lately, both have started seeing the other in a new light, and both wonder if they’ll ever be able to cross the line between friends and something more.
Lincoln. Sweet, caring, definitely a hero-in-disguise, it’s so refreshing to read about a contemporary YA character who isn’t shrouded in mystery and a bad-boy attitude. Lincoln wears his heart on his sleeve, is genuinely caring and absolutely adorable. Love, love, love.
In my review of Pushing the Limits I mentioned I didn’t much like Echo’s friends, who, I felt, were much more concerned with getting Echo to fit into social structure of the school than actually helping her. Although Lila was more accepting and helpful than all the others, I still resented her for placing so much emphasis on Echo going out with her pushy jock ex-boyfriend.
It’s now after graduation, and I feel that Lila has a new perspective on the high school dynamic, and I really love how she’s grown up. She’s resentful of Noah, for taking her best friend away from her, and she feels like everything she’s familiar with is slowly drifting away, with the exception of Lincoln. Despite how short this novella is, the author tackles a lot of growth in Lila’s character, which I enjoyed.
Crossing the Line isn’t essential to understanding what happened in Pushing the Limits, and I’ll hazard a guess that it’s not required reading for Dare You To either. But it’s a wonderfully sweet novella and a welcome change between the edgier full sized novels.