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Young Adult Indie 817
Intense Story that Bridges the Gap between Past and Present
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
4.0
The story:

In 1983, high school senior Laura Sherman was gunned down by a jealous classmate, who then turned the gun on herself. Thirty years later, her spirit returns to help budding medium Rebecca, a teenage girl facing a crisis of her own. Can the two prevent history from repeating itself?


What I loved:

Told in alternating POV, we get to know both Laura and Rebecca as the book goes on. Both are likeable yet prone to teenage mood swings and poor decision-making (usually when boys are involved). The two forge a strange friendship that brings past and present together in a collision that left me reeling. The author didn’t pull any punches when it came to the ins and outs of teen relationships, nor did she shy away from relating the horror of one girl being devastated by parental abuse. Though the beginning felt a little scattered, it picked up steam the closer it got to the end, to the point where I couldn’t stop turning pages.


What I didn’t love:

Some of the rules Laura was bound by as an agent of the afterlife were pretty vague, which left me scratching my head a couple of times. There was also quite a lot of profanity (including F-bombs).


My Final Verdict:

Crossing the Line is an extremely intense story, with memorable characters and a lot of tension. Because of the rather intense nature of some scenes, I would not recommend it to young teens, but mid-to-high teens will find it very enjoyable. It does a great job of conveying the lesson that words carry far more weight than one might think.
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