Thursday 4 April 2013

Crossing the Line (Pushing the Limits, #1.5) by Katie McGarry

 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.

  • Genre: Contemporary romance,  Chick Lit
  • Age: Mature Young Adult
  • Source: owned ebook 
  • Note: short story
  • Read on April 04, 2013

FINAL RATING: ★★★★/★★★★★

“Thank you, Lila.”
Words are still hard, but I find the energy to ask, “For what?”
“For helping me find me again.”
“You were always in there. You just weren’t looking in the right place.” I pause. He’s not the only one who rediscovered himself this weekend. “Neither one of us were.”
“True,” he agrees and gathers me closer. “But we figured it out.”

I have to say that i remember very well story about Noah and Echo,but i am ashamed to say that i remember nothing of other characters, except those with Noah (Beth and Isaiah)... So i struggle to remember who exactly is Lila. All i remembered was that Lila was Echo's best friend and support through whole Pushing the Limits. But this book felt like meeting her all over again - and i have to say - i liked her. Lincoln didn't appear in PTL so he is a new character in this story and i loved him a lot.

Anyway...the story is short, but i felt everything was at it's place and i liked it. But it could have been full length book but it was very good nonetheless. It was a cute romance and i adored whole letter pen pal thing between Lila and Lincoln.

Story is about Lila and Lincoln who met on the fateful day when Lincoln's brother Josh died. That was two years before the events of the book. They met at funeral and ever since they started writing letters to each other, because the conversation felt more private that way. And it was all good until Lincoln lied about something that hurt Lila's feelings. And then it all went wrong...



It’s crazy how you brought up feeling alone. I feel alone a lot. Oddly enough, I feel the most alone when I’m in a room full of people. Everyone I know is changing. Echo’s distant. Grace wants new friends. Even Natalie is spreading her wings.

Lila is not bad, i liked her and she was cute. But there were also times when i just couldn't believe what she said sometimes. Anyway, having broken up with her boyfriend Stephen, and having an argue with Lincoln because she thought he betrayed her because he lied to her, completely devastated her. She is completely alone at her house, terrified because it never happened before and she feels scared,until Lincoln appears at her doorstep to try to make things right (even if he lives in other town). She feels like she is being left alone by her friends: Echo is with Noah, happy somewhere out there, and Grace is not in best relationship with her as well as Natalie... She feels like she has no one else but Lincoln, but his so called "betrayal" ruined her. Lincoln was her support - she revealed so much about her to him and other way around - and she eventually came to love him...


“I didn’t want you to hate me,” I whisper as I respond to her last question. “Because I’ve fallen in love with you.”

Lincoln was actually really nice. Dream boyfriend sort. His family is in chaos, he lives in constant chaos but he never lost his temper, never shouted, never did anything, just lived his life. And with Lila he felt truly alive and the irony is - he loves Lila too. But then he screwed it up and he is torn apart because he doesn't know how to fix things between them. And so he travels for 10 hours just to see her.


Nice addition to PTL series, i liked it a lot and Lincoln and Lila are so cute ♥. Also there were many funny scenes and some drama scenes but i loved them all

"The entire sky erupted into hundreds of streaks of light. I never felt so alive. I wished that you were here with me or me with you. But I think you were. Call me crazy, but it was a moment, Lila, and I’m glad I shared it with you. Even if it was from a couple hundred miles away.
~ Lincoln"


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