Crossing the Line by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits,
Also in this series: Crash Into You
Published by Harlequin Teen on 01 April 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Young Adult
Also by this author: Crash Into You, Red at Night
Place(s) Traveled to: Louisville, Kentucky
First Line: Dear Lincoln, I saw this card today and thought of you.
Pushing the Limits Series Order – Companion Book
Book 1: Pushing the Limits
Book 1.5: Crossing the Line
Book 2: Dare You To
Book 3: Crash Into You (26 Nov 2013)
If you recall when I finished Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry I was head over heels in love with it and just wanted more. But the wait until Dare You To seemed forever and I needed a fix and Harlequin Teen responded by publishing a novella from Katie McGarry featuring Echo’s best friend Lila. At first I was ecstatic and I rushed to a mega internet book retailer to DL my copy….only to stop and gasp at the prince. At the time I think it was $2.99 and currently its $1.99 both of which I think are too much for a story that is only 67 pages. Especially since I know that at least 10 of them will be dedicated to a preview of either Pushing the Limits or Dare You To or both. So I backed away from the internet store checking back every so often to see if it went on sale.
Then I had an epiphany one day when I was looking through the ebook selection of Boston Public Library. They have an amazing catalog of ebooks and audios available for borrowing and if you are in Massachusetts you should have an e-library card to the BPL. (Just click this handy dandy link to sign up.) Anywho, while looking randomly through the catalog I checked to see if they had Crossing the Line, not really expecting it, but was so very happy when they did.
Crossing the Line is a very short novella, maybe clocking in at 30-40 pages as the end of the book did have preview chapters to both Pushing the Limits and Dare You To. Just as I thought it might. It was a cute story and I really loved Lila and Lincoln’s romance. While how they met was really sad I liked how they decided to remain in touch through letter writing. Like real letters, hand-written with a stamp. It added a certain old fashioned charm to their getting to know one another and made me want to write a few letters to friends myself. Its so easy and sometimes impersonal to dash off an email. Letters take a little more thought and tend to be longer.
As a novella, the story progresses really quickly and there are times when I think it felt a but rushed. I really think that there was enough material for Crossing the Line to be a full length book and I, for one, would have loved to spend more time with Lila and Lincoln. They were just so sweet and genuine. I also liked how this is was just a straight romance. There were no really big issues that Lila or Lincoln were dealing with. Unlike Echo and Noah or Beth were dealing with in their books. This isn’t to say that Lila and Lincoln didn’t have problems. Because they did. Lila is battling with insecurities and is a bit scared of going to an out of state school where she knows no one while all her friends are staying local. And Lincoln, well, you’ll just have to read the novella to see what he is dealing with.
As with Pushing the Limits and Dare You To, Crossing the Line was a real story. I believed during my read that Lila and Lincoln were real people and I was a voyeur into their lives. This novella never felt like I was reading a book and I got swept up in the world. But, as I said above, I do wish that it was longer. It just seemed to be over before it really began. And that in a nutshell is my main problem with pretty much every novella I’ve ever read. I just want more from them and there is only one that I can think of where I was completely satisfied with its length.
As a whole though, if you are a fan of Katie McGarry’s books then you should check out Crossing the Line. If you don’t want to pay the $1.99 for roughly 40 pages or so then be sure to check out the digital catalog of your local library. Most can be accessed through the Overdrive App on your phone or tablet and with your regular library card. This was a quick read and a fun story and makes me hunger a bit for more Katie McGarry books.