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Crossing the LineFrom Goodreads: 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.

I read this short novella immediately after finishing Crash Into You by Katie McGarry as I really enjoyed CIY.  I also wanted to know how the novels related to one another as I knew they were a series, but Crash Into You stood so well alone.  What I found is that the series is very similar to the Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer: the novels each follow different characters within the same world, and that’s perfect for a reader like me.  While I do love sequels, sometimes I don’t have the money to purchase all the novels that come before the one I’m interested in at that very moment, and I might not have the time to read them all prior to the one I want to read, so it was great to be able to pick up in the midst of this series and know exactly what was happening as the focus was on the characters present, and didn’t have much to do with their backstory.  Of course, I immediately fell in love with McGarry’s writing and couldn’t wait to read more, so I picked up this novella as it was the cheapest of the series and I wanted something quick to read.

What I found in Crossing the Line is a great novella that furthered my yearning to read the rest of the full series! The characterization is great, as is the storyline!  I just loved how Lila and Lincoln come together in this novel through letters, and I loved that the letters act as the opening of their back and forth point of view/alternating chapters as well.  It was a refreshing way to introduce the character’s thoughts and feelings, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Although short, sitting at about 60 some odd pages, it’s the perfect length to whet the appetite, though of course I wanted it to be longer once I became immersed in the story. I can’t wait to read more in the series, and I’ve already purchased them in anticipation.  Four stars.

4 starsI purchased this novella from Amazon.

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17233800From Goodreads: From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind.

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.


This is an absolutely stunning and beautiful story, one that gripped me from the very beginning and held me captive long after the final page. The characters are extremely real and well written, and on many an occasion, I wanted to reach through the pages and shake Rachel’s family. The dysfunction that both Isaiah and Rachel are dealing with is so different, yet the same in that they’re both struggling.  Rachel’s family is suffocating and demanding, while Isaiah’s in non-existent, but their love for one another amidst all the adversity, the anticipation of their relationship, their money issues, and their family issues made this an unputdownable read.  I especially loved the back and forth narration, giving readers both sides of the story and allowing us to see deeper into their lives.

Although it’s a very car oriented story, with drag racing, a betting crime lord out for blood, and car lingo sprinkled throughout, it wasn’t overbearing for me—a reader who couldn’t care less about all things cars—and I think that this novel will also appeal to male readers because of the topic. Yes, there is a love relationship in the novel, but it’s not gushy-kissy-gross, and the fact that there’s a crime lord threatening both Isaiah and Rachel definitely adds to the melee that is their life.  While I have a crush on Isaiah and his swoonworthyness, Rachel is an awesome female lead that I think many readers will love just the same, especially the male populace, again making this a great book for both genders.  And, truth be told, the drag racing and car stuff was kind of cool to read about, even though I wouldn’t normally.

The end of Crash into You had me on pins and needles, and I thought I was going to scream the way McGarry drew it out, changing between the character’s points of view and making me wait to know exactly what was happening.  It was torture, but the best kind in that the novel was drawn out even more, because I just couldn’t get enough!

This is my first novel of McGarry’s, but it certainly won’t be the last. I already purchased all the other novels in the Pushing the Limits series, and I can’t wait to read them, especially as I just learned that these are all companion novels and not sequels, with each novel focusing on a different set of characters, and I can’t wait to learn the entire back story of the side-characters I met in this novel.  Five glorious stars.

5 stars

Harlequin Teen has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read this novel, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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