Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Book Review: Crossing the Line

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

Crossing the Line by Katie McGarry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed reading about Lila and Lincoln, even though I thought Lila was being a bit dramatic over the whole lie. Which isn’t to say that I support him lying in the first place; just that I was surprised when we found out “what” she was so upset about. My reaction: "Really, really that's it... it's not like he lied about being a serial killer or lied about his brother being dead; he just didn't tell you he wasn't graduating on time with the rest of his class."

I really wish Katie McGarry has written more for this story making it a novel rather than a novella so that we could have connected with and spent more time with the character's. I was really interested in Lincoln's home life and would have loved to spend the "summer" with him while he struggled with said home life and his own. Oh, well it was a nice read none the less...

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Recipe: Cucumber Mint Salad

I was a little wary of this dish at first; however as soon as I started cutting and mixing all the ingredients together I knew I had made the right choice in fixing it up for a friends anniversary dinner. I recommend giving it a try but only if you like cucumbers and mint; because obviously those are the flavors that stand out most.

Cucumber Mint Salad
Prep/Total Time: 20 min.   Yield: 6 Servings

2 large cucumbers, chopped
2 cups seeded chopped tomatoes
½ cup chopped fresh mint
½ cup chopped fresh parsley
½ cup thinly sliced green onions
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper

Directions: In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper. Add to cucumber mixture; toss to coat. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts: 3/4 cup equals 113 calories, 9 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 403 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat, 1 vegetable.