Crossing the Line

Crossing the Line

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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 first met Lincoln Turner when tragedy struck both their lives. But she never

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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 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.

Look for more contemporary YA by Katie McGarry with Pushing the Limits and Dare You To from Harlequin TEEN.

*Simone Elkeles, New York Times bestselling author of the Perfect Chemistry series

"Brimming with dark memories, veiled secrets, and steamy moments." -Publishers Weekly on Pushing the Limits

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781459233287
Publisher:
Harlequin
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Series:
Pushing the Limits Series
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
67
Sales rank:
55,545
File size:
167 KB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.

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Crossing the Line 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not a book...not even sure it can be classified as a novella. Blink and the silly "book" is done. For 1.99 I expected an actual book that takes longer then 30 mins to read. The last 20 pages of this 83 page "book" is an excerpt from Pushing the Limits. I'm feeling pretty let down by this.
terferj More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this. It was short but sweet. It's about Lila (Echo's friend) and Lincoln. They came together because of the death of his brother and Echo's brother. They met the one time but wrote each other for 2 years. He lied and hurt her. But never fear it all worked out in the end. I recommend this to any who enjoys the author writing style and the series.
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
Short but sweet novella.  
LolitaV More than 1 year ago
I loved Pushing the Limits so when I heard Katie McGarry was writing a short story about Echo's best friend I knew I had to read it. I also knew it would be good, but I never expected to love it this much. Lila and Lincoln have been writing each other lettters for 2 years now and this book describes what happens when they become more than friends. At first I felt like I was missing a bit of their backgorund, because we didn't got to read about their letters and how they became friends, but soon I was completely pulled into the story. We actually do get a sense of their background and their letters because each chapter starts with a letter or at least part of one. I liked getting to know a bit of their past that way and getting to know the characters. They are so perfect for each other and I just loved their story. Ofcourse I wished it was longer, because it is just so good and I just want to read more. Lila and Lincoln are both amazing character even though the story isn't that long I stil got a good sense who they are, how their family situation is and what their dreams are. I liked both of them and I think they are perfect for each other. I liked how Lila was afraid of the dark, but she did her best to overcome that fear. And how Lincoln makes a great mistake, but he actually learn from it and tries his best to make sure everything will be okay. The romance was so sweet and I loved how they had a past of being friends and writing letters and how they would meet again now. They are so important to each other and even though they only met once before they really know each other. To conclude: I loved this short story. It's almost as good as Pushing the Limits and really the only thing that would make it better would be to make it longer, because except for that it is just awesome. Lila and Lincoln are great characters and they make a great couple, I really enjoyed reading their story!
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
     Crossing the line is another great book by Katie McGarry... Well, Novella, technically. It is leaving me wondering why I never read them in the past (well, before Destroy me anyways.)  Though it is not as dark as the others, it still had similar elements and I enjoyed being in Echo's town.      There are full fleshed out characters. I wondered and had plenty of questions as reading and in the end, just wish that I had more time with them, but i have a feeling that I would still that way after even 300 pages with them.     I had to know the lie that Lincoln told and once I figured that out why he told it. I really understood in the end though, and can see how he got himself into that situation.       I also appreciated Lila and left wondering about her terror of being alone. That was never really fully explained, but I guess that anxiety and no previous experience can explain. Although with her character, I was bit confused in the very beginning because I read date you to first and Beth's friend Lacy was stuck in my head and I was wondering for a minute where Lincoln came from then realized Lila was echo's best friend. But that is totally on me! Too many L names :)     There was some pretty hot scenes, and I got a good feel on their history from snippits of letters at the beginning of the chapters.      The ending was good though I wish that I knew how they ended up.       Bottom Line: Great novella. 
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read on August 01, 2014 Book Info  Kindle Edition, 67 pages Published April 1st 2013 by Harlequin TEEN original title Crossing the Line ASIN B00APEYB0G edition language English series Pushing the Limits #1.1 other editions (5) Source:Kindle version borrowed from Public Library Book Buy Links  Amazon  B&N  BOOK SYNOPSIS 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. My Thoughts Having met two years prior at the funeral for Echo's brother Lila and Lincoln have been writing letters to each other ever since. They finally moved the venue to online chat on the computer and after the pair have shared hopes and dreams for going to college together in Florida after High School Graduation Lila is furious with Lincoln when she finds how he failed to graduate so they can be together as she is so terrified of being alone with no friends at school. Deciding to meet in person Link surprises Lila by showing up at her home with roses, what happens afterwards only lasts a weekend but it is very emotional for the both of them and also very enlightening as it sets the foundation for each others future actions. This is a very short look into how this pair get together as a couple, it also is the beginning of how they both found a way back from the bleakness that had managed to overshadow their former enjoyment of life and in helping each other do so they both faced their fears together as well. I loved the back and forth of using hand written letters to communicate, it is so much easier to get to know someone slowly when you take the time to share yourself that way.  I especially enjoyed the fact that these two teens managed to overcome their emotional issues without falling into the trap of drug or alcohol abuse which was a nice change from a lot of YA. As a short novella in the series this was a very quick read that shed a little more light on two people who are actually peripheral characters, that does not make them any less important though. This is my first online library borrow, and of course am addicted already since wanted to read this story ever since book one Pushing the Limits blew me away! [Kindle version borrowed from Public Library]
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
So I just love reading novellas. They give me insight into so much about the author as well as how the author builds characters. A novella must move fast because in a short time you must complete the story ARC. I have no idea how authors even do it, but I have to give them credit. And McGarry is no exception. I truly love this side story of Lila Lincoln. We do meet Lila in Pushing the Limits as she is one of Echo's friends. But we don't get a ton from her during that book as it's truly Echo and Noah's story. In this short we get to see a bit of Lila and her overcoming her fear of being alone and taking chances And we meet Lincoln, Lila's pen-pal and confidant. They share a tragic past that linked them together two years ago and chose to use each other as sounding boards for their life events. I love that she and Lincoln form this relationship via the mail. It's romantic and so different from what we see with teens today (internet, email, Twitter, texting). I can remember having a pen pal as a teen and it was so much fun. But Lila and Lincoln form more than just a friendship through their letters. They allow each other into their private worlds through words where no one else knows the things the talk about. They express themselves to each other, telling their deepest darkest secrets. They have an ease communicating through their letters. But when they meet face to face, things are not as easy as they were through the written word. Both Lincoln and Lila become so much more vulnerable and real to each other. And, while they both feel deeply towards each other, they no longer have that distance between them to make things easy. They are forced to face their feelings and show each other exactly what has grown between them. Overall I truly loved this novella. You knew the outcome it would have, but you still wanted to go through the motions of watching Lila and Lincoln figure each other out. And, despite the shortness of the story, you do see some growth, although more from Lila than Lincoln, in my opinion. Lila embraces her fear and decides to face it head on. Lincoln, on the other hand, lopes along a bit before he comes to the realization that he has to take control of his life back show Lila he means to honor their bond. I highly recommend this great snip it by McGarry. She has truly changed my thoughts on contemporary YA books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So im just reading the book and the next thing i know its over... i look down at the page number and the whole books only 83 pages. 20 of witch are of other books.... i guess with this author i just thought the book would be great. Epic even... and for that i give it three stars... just when i was starting to get into it it was over. There were also odd things to like what girl just out of high school had never stayed home a night with out her parents and is super scared to.... other then tha the book was a cute short read. I wouldnt have minded more lincoln he came off as a sexy as hell guy. But in the end all i see is a great plot and story line that could have took off and been a great love story but the author let it slip through her fingers. Also the quirk that the author decided to make her main character a paranoid schizophrenic.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Great characters, good story, but short! The length fits the timeline (Lila and Lincoln only have a few days together), but it still left me wanting more of their story. Still, it's a nice filler between Pushing the Limits and Dare You To, and worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking foward to another one of her books but i found this one lacking and way too short 20 of the 83 pages were credits or samples of the other two books
Andrea17 More than 1 year ago
Even in a story of less than 100 pages, Katie still knows how to hit you in the feels. The story behind Lila and Lincoln is simply adorable. We might not interact with them on the same grand scale that we did with Katie's other characters, but it certainly doesn't feel that way. The story begins with letters between Lila and Lincoln who met at the funeral for Arie's, Echo's brother, before the events of Pushing the Limits. Over the course of the next two years, they would write letters to one another and quickly became, for lack of better words, long distance best friends. Very old school and very sweet. When Lila uncovers a lie Lincoln had told her, he takes it upon himself to drive the 12 hours to her house so he may explain face to face. How many people out there would drive even half that to fix their mistake? The next day or so that they spend together is such a sweet romance, an adventure of two friends finally connecting after getting to know one another only through letters.  One of my favorite aspects that Katie did with Crossing the Line is that before each chapter, she would insert snippets from their letters to one another. These snippets built a foundation of their relationship that we would have missed otherwise and helped us to connect with these characters. It's not often I can read a 67-page novel and feel for these characters like I do, but Katie just has this natural raw talent for creating amazing chemistry between two characters - even two that have only communicated through letters for the past two years. I want more of Lincoln and Lila, but at the same time, the amount of time we spent with them felt right. I don't know if we'll see more of them in Breaking the Rules, but I'd settle for a snippet of "They're still amazingly in love and doing fabulous."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its hard to find a boy to chat with at this time of day
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ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
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 that it’s a great little story that furthered my yearning to read the rest of the series because it’s not only extremely well written, but the characters are extremely interesting! 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.
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I loved this book but was shocked when i glanced down to check how many pages there were because it was getting late and i figured out it was 73 pages!!!!! I was like what!? But this story was soooo sweet and i was glad that Lila went to lincoln instead of the jerk Stephen. Whwn i realized the guy was the one ....you know...i exploded. Ha ha. Great read. Though ive paid a dollar for a 200 paged bookm
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How long is the book in pages?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short and sweet with the perfect ending We all make mistakes and success is admitting them and not giving up
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book. I just wish it was a tad bit longer but overall great book.
Lost_in_Literature More than 1 year ago
I'm not a big fan of novellas, but this one I really enjoyed.  It was packed full of raw emotion... what more do I need to say?  The story of Lila and Lincoln really filled the gap between Pushing the Limits and Dare You To.  As far as novellas go, this is a favorite of mine.  I'm often left wanting more, yet Crossing the Line left me satisfied and ready to move on to Dare You To. The story of Lila and Lincoln was such a sweet one.  They meant by chance after a tragic event, and from that meeting they kept in touch only through letters.  When Lincoln shows up on Lila's doorstep, the chemistry was undeniable.  Lincoln, with his own flaws, loves Lila, despite all of hers. This is a beautiful story that helps tie Pushing the Limits and Dare You To together nicely.  Though it's not as raw and troubled as Pushing the Limits and Dare You To, it's more on the sweeter side and equally enjoyable.  McGarry is fabulous at portraying such a wide variety of characters.  This is a series you don't want to miss.