Crossing The Line (Pushing the Limits #1.1) by Katie McGarry
Crossing the Line (Pushing the Limits)
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 didn't realize Crossing the Line was a novella. I usually stay away from novellas as I don't think most authors can write a good one. They usually try to fit too much story into too few pages and it doesn't work. Unfortunately this novella was no exception. Everything just happened too fast and was resolved too instantly.
Lila and Lincoln met once two years ago. They have been writing letters back and forth ever since and have both fallen for the other (though they don't know this). They had a plan to go to Florida for school together, but since Lila found out Lincoln lied about something she is not sure of her plans. She is afraid of everything it seems, doesn't want to be far away from everyone she knows. She is too afraid to go to Florida herself, afraid of being home a lone (her family is out of town), afraid of everything.
Lincoln has a hard time explaining things quickly. He tenses up and doesn't end up saying what he wants. When his situation at home gets too much for him, and he feels like he is going to lose Lila since he can't explain quick enough he shows up at her doorstep. It was kind of cute, but then all of Lila's issues, how she is afraid of everything, just magically go away once she talks with Lincoln. He is all you are brave and strong so then she is. It was...it just wasn't written realistically. It was too quick and easy to resolve everything. It just was instantly better and happily ever after. It just didn't work.