Quickie Review: Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line


CROSSING THE LINE by Katie McGarry was released in the U.S. on April 1, 2013 in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Harlequin TEEN, the story is 67 pages.

CROSSING THE LINE is a novella in the author’s Pushing the Limits series set between PUSHING THE LIMITS and DARE YOU TO. The third book in the series, CRASH INTO YOU, is slated for release on November 26, 2013.



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.


CROSSING THE LINE is a sweet and utterly enchanting short novella that gives readers a quick peek at the beginnings of a love story between Lila, a character introduced in PUSHING THE LIMITS, and Lincoln, a character who is new to the series but who has a history with Lila.

Set after the events in PUSHING THE LIMITS, this story follows the same format of alternating POVs as that first book in the series, once again letting readers see the world through both characters’ eyes.

While only a short introduction to the characters, through the events that take place in this story and previously written letters between the characters that are revealed, the author builds a foundation for their relationship and fully develops their love story. So even though it isn’t a full-length novel, it feels very much complete.

As both characters aren’t as damaged and don’t have as a dark a past, their story lends itself well to this length. It is a fun and heartwarming and incredibly quick read and a fantastic addition to this series.

Although the events in CROSSING THE LINE take place following those in the first book in the series and before those that take place in the second, this novella can be read at any time. It is a great way to be introduced to the author’s style of writing, the format for her stories and the types of characters she creates.

And while not as weighty as the novels, this short story presents two easy to connect with characters who have had to face challenges and who have vulnerabilities and insecurities that affect them, making the read every bit as riveting as those lengthier ones.

CROSSING THE LINE includes excerpts from both PUSHING THE LIMITS and DARE YOU TO. And it also includes the author’s short playlist for this novella. It is not necessary to an understanding of the world and the gap it bridges is not one that needs to be bridged. But for readers who want to know more about Lila, who want to see yet another part of the world in Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series or for those who just want to read a short and absolutely delightful love story, then CROSSING THE LINE is a must.

Reviewer gives this book…


On a personal note…

As much as I understand why CROSSING THE LINE was a novella instead of a novel, I still found myself wanting more of Lila and Lincoln’s story when I reached the end. I may have felt my heart break just the tiniest bit when I turned the page and the story was over.

I adored both characters, though I already liked Lila when beginning this read. But I had no clue just how awesome she was and I had no idea that Lincoln even existed. So, you can bet I wanted to continue alternating between their points of view to find out what would happen next. Though I suppose I’ll have to leave that up to my imagination if they don’t make a cameo appearance in CRASH INTO YOU.

This story was the perfect bite. And it served as a great way to transition from book one to book two. It wasn’t nearly as dark or heartbreaking or angst-filled as those other two books, it was just a bit lighter. Which was exactly what was needed.

I read this story in sequence, immediately following my read of PUSHING THE LIMITS. I put that book down and picked this one up and the next book followed suit. I couldn’t get enough. And while I knew I’d love this story if it was anything close to as amazing as that first book, I did not expect to get as caught up in Lila’s story as I did.

I loved getting to know more about her. I loved getting just a tiny peek at what was going on with Echo. I loved meeting Lincoln, who managed to become a hero in such a short time. And I loved the fact that both characters were able to give each other strength.

I’m glad I read this in order of release. I think if I had read this novella first, I may not have been as invested as I was in the characters. I liked that gave me a short break between those two books that wreaked havoc on my emotions. Though I don’t think I would have felt any different about it if I had read this following book two.

I am hoping that the author will write another novella in this series. I think she did a fantastic job with this story. And even though it isn’t a mandatory read, I think it’s a must.

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