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Crossing the Line

(Pushing the Limits #1.1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  11,180 ratings  ·  1,020 reviews
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 e
Kindle Edition, 87 pages
Published September 25th 2017 by Harlequin Teen (first published April 1st 2013)
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Final rating: 4/5 stars

“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 o
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

I just find it so sweet and old fashioned to fall in love over letter writing! Crossing the Line was a swoony short read that had me ooohing and awwing by the end. Love Katie McGarry’s writing!

We know Lila best as Echo’s long-suffering and loyal friend. She’s a peach in Pushing the Limits, and no one could ask for a better girl to have your back! What we didn’t know in Pushing the Limits is that Lila met a boy, Lincoln, at Aires’ funeral and made a lasting connection. Bonded together ov
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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We met Lila in ‘Pushing the Limits’. She is Echo’s best friend. Lincoln and Lila meet at Echo’s brother’s (Aries) funeral. Although that is the only time they have ‘met’ over the last two years, they have kept in touch through letters. A few letters every week. They know each other in a way no one else does, and they connect with each other on a bigger level.
We became friends through the letters, bonded by a shared dream of a college in another state, and then I fell for her. Could she h
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a great little novella featuring Lila, Echo’s best friend from Pushing the Limits (one of my absolutely FAVOURITE reads last year).

I really liked Lila in PTL, and I loved this opportunity to get to know her a bit better. She seems very immature at times, but that’s part of her charm, and her starting to grow up and be strong is a big part of her story. Lincoln is a gorgeous character, with some major family issues of his own, and his and Lila’s history, and their story together, is abso
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
"Is it weird that I feel close to you even though you’re hundreds of miles away and we’ve only met once? I hope not. I’m glad that you’re in my life."


I rarely read books which are less than 200 pages, but I thought I have to read this one, because Pushing the Limits was so good. And I am glad I did, I really enjoyed the story! Although Lila did not leave a big impression on me in Pushing the Limits I liked her in this story. It was really easy to connect to both of the charterers from the very
Irena BookDustMagic
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just in case you didn't know, Katie McGarry is one of my favorite authors.
What makes her stands out from other writers, in my opinion, is her ability to put feelings into words in such a poetic way but without over doing it.
While reading her novels I had never had a feeling I was reading something new but her writing style was always so beautiful, it presented the story in a different, better way.

In this novella, I have to admit, I felt the lack of McGarry's usual writing style .
It was still go
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I loved Lila in Pushing the Limits and happy she got her own story, which was so sweet!
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's so weird how you can read a novel with 400 pages and not feel a thing, not even a glimpse of love nor happiness..... and than here I read a novella of 63 pages and BOOOOOOOOOM goosebumps, racing heart, blushing and on an on I ramble!


I LOVE KATIE MCGARRY as you all might have guessed. She gets me, well I'm pretty sure she gets us all, but its like I look forward to reading her books and I know for sure I wont be disappointed no matter where the cliff goes and what she aims to write about.

Katie McGarry can do no wrong. ♥

Is it weird that I feel so close to you even though you're hundreds of miles away and we've only met once? I hope not. I'm glad that you're in my life.

I really enjoyed Crossing the Line, but not as much as Pushing the Limits, Dare You To, or Crash Into You. First off, it's TOO short. And second, I didn't love Lincoln as much as I loved Noah, Ryan, and Isaiah. Which of course would be because this novella was TOO SHORT. And it was predictable too (not just about th
Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
This book is for everyone who adored Lila in Pushing the Limits. She was Echo's bff, and l loved how she stood by her side. That she was someone Echo could count on, and at times pushed Echo to be a better person. So while I didn't know too much about Lila, I definitely liked what I did know about her. And I thought everything was fine and wonderful in her life, but we got to see that that wasn't necessarily the case.
I think sometimes things we don’t like happen so we can appreciate the g
Imme van Gorp
|| 2.0 stars ||

Nope, this wasn't for me. Crossing the Line felt like it started in the middle of a story rather than the beginning. From the very first page, Lila and Lincoln were already in love and thus, it was kind of difficult to connect with and care for their relationship since we missed the entire build-up. The whole thing felt flat and without real depth.

Not to mention, there is some sort of drama going on between Lila and Lincoln, which we only come to understand until later on. It was
Apr 01, 2013 rated it liked it
2.5 stars - I love Pushing the Limits and Dare to You, so I was a bit disappointed after reading this novella. It was cute, but I was hoping to read more about Lincoln and Lila falling in love through letters or be more emotionally involved in them finally meeting face to face again.

Instead, I was reading about this ridiculous plot about a grown girl who can't spend a night by herself and the silly drama behind it all, as well as the stupid lie that I could care less about because it came from n
Cora Tea Party Princess
I haven't read the first in this series, but I don't think I've missed out on much with this one. This is a fantastic novella in its own right and can easily be read independently.

I started to care about the characters within the first few paragraphs and really felt for them. That gave this short story quite a punch and made it stand out.

I loved how everything wasn't hunky dory straight away, it made it more real. Real life isn't perfect. I loved how there was conflict, rage, love, revenge... A
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This novella was so sweet!!
Lila was one of my favorite characters in Pushing the Limits. She was a fierce friend and supported Echo through everything even if it meant loosing social status or other people.
It was really good to see a story about her and Lincoln is a damn great guy.
Together they're the cutest couple!
But still... the best part was the little glimpse of Echo and Noah! ;)
If you read PtL you're going to love this one.
If you didn't read it... well, what the hell are you waiting
littlebookbosomed bookreview
Two teens who became pen pals after tragedy in their lives connected them, spend twenty-four crazy hours together, causing them to completely reassess their plans for the future and their unexpected feelings for each other.

I believe i'll find a new guy here, a new guy to sleep with. A new guy that will pain me to death and makes my heart melts~

May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved this sweet little novella about Lila and Lincoln!!

My only complaint is that it was too short! I want more! (Plus, it ended at 83%, which was annoying because I thought I had more time with these two).

Lila and Lincoln. I ship it! This was a cute and really short read with a small plot line going on besides the romance which was nice.
Evelyn Swift (Featherbrained Books)
This was such a sweet story, I really wish the author had turned this into a full novel! I absolutely love when characters write letters to each other. In this day and age of email and texting it is so old-fashioned and romantic!

Lila is Echo’s best friend, who we met in Pushing the Limits. Lincoln and Lila meet at Echo’s brother’s funeral and although it was only that once time, they keep in touch through letters for the next two years. They tell each other things that either of them shares with
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
It's funny how in Pushing the Limits Lila seemed so strong and sure of everything and here we get to see her more vulnerable side.

I think I liked her fierceness more but it was nice to see her get it back, to find who she really is and to go with it.

I absolutely loved Lincoln. He was amazing and in a very short amount of time, was swoon worthy. I am hoping they get their own story somewhere along the way.
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved it, but then again I think Katie McGarry can do on wrong. You know how people are about KA well that's how I am about KM. I want more!!!! I love the way she writes and her stories are just absolutely wonderful. I can't wait for her next two books that I know are coming out. This was a fantastic short story, great read..2 Thumbs up! ...more
I love pushing the limits and I wish this was made as long story instead of Short .I can't barely remember who Lila is after waiting for so long for this to come out.I really like the story but it was really short and there are so many questions unanswered. ...more
Feb 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Nice story but finished rather abruptly at 83% which was quite disappointing.
Adriana Espada leyton

I was too short!! I wanted more
Andreea Pop
I LOVED Pushing the Limits! Like really loooved it. It was an emotional rollercoaster and despite a ton of freaking sensations overwhelming me, I devoured every word from that book.

Lila was one of my favorite secondary characters from Pushing the Limits and she earnedmy respect when she didn’t let go of Echo, in spite of loosing some other friendships. She’s strong, caring and adorable. Plus, she’s mature and intelligent.

“If it wasn't for Noah, Echo would need me more... she would still b
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it

We met Lila in Pushing the Limits, remember her - she was the friend that stood by Echo. But what we didn't know is that she spent the last two years writing Lincoln. A boy that she met at Aries' funeral. A boy that lost his brother and alongside Echo's while away at war.

They shared a connection that day. He opened up to her - like he couldn't bring himself to do with anyone else. And they stayed in touch. Lila has been on and off with Stephen, but her heart is with a boy that only knows her t
Jan 10, 2013 rated it liked it
“And then I wonder what it would be like if he really was falling for me, because Lincoln in real life is a million times more intense than Lincoln in letters... and I'm seriously falling for him.”

Me decepcionó un poco. Si bien mantiene un poco el estilo que venía de Pushing the Limits, creo que la historia prometía mucho mas de lo que en realidad fue.

Siento que me quedé con ganas de mucho mas! Entiendo que era una historia corta, pero como que realmente no entendí el fin de la misma. Podía hab
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars
This has to be one of the better novellas I've ever read. The story wasn't rushed. It was short, yes and I hope to hear more from them. I wasn't a huge fan of Lila in the beginning of Echo's story. She seemed fake, but my opinion of her changed throughout Echo's book.
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, favorite, ya
Finally, a YA I liked! Whyyyy isn't it longer???
I <3 Katie McGarry books!:)
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
If you have been following my reviews then you know how big a fan of Katie McGarry I am. She is one of the most talented authors out there and her stories not only suck you in but once you are finished, they stay with you after. I read a lot of books and sometimes when you try to think back about them they tend to blend and converge, this is only natural.

But this is not the case with the books written by McGarry. I can still remember Pushing the Limits and Dare You To as if I read them yesterday
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KATIE MCGARRY is an award winning and critically acclaimed novelist of the Witches of the Island series (A Wicked and Beautiful Garden), the Pushing the Limits, Thunder Road, and Only a Breath Apart series and the standalone novel, Say You’ll Remember Me. Katie is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is currently living out her own love story with her husband, three children, h ...more

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