Released on April 1, 2013
I enjoyed this little story that filled the gap between Pushing the Limits and Dare You To. It places one of the secondary characters from Pushing the Limits into the lead role. The story really should be read in sequential order to understand the context and avoid series spoilers.
Lila’s family has left her on her own for a week while they go on family vacation so she can experience what it is like to be on her own before leaving Kentucky to go to Florida for college. Trouble is that she feels abandoned and not by her family and scared of everything now that she’s alone. Change has settled in with Echo now gone on the road with Noah, losing her friendship with Grace because of Grace’s attitude about Echo and walking away from her boyfriend because she is in love with someone else.
And about that someone else- Lincoln has been a pen pal with Lila since they met just the once at Airies’ funeral. He can never forget the girl who comforted him when he mourned his own older brother’s death and then listened through her letters as he poured out his feelings about his sister’s teen pregnancy or his parents growing apart. But he screwed up big time when he lied to Lila. Lincoln can’t afford to lose the girl he has fallen in love with so he must find her and make it right.
For a short story, this one was very well written when it came to the plot, pace and characters. It didn’t feel half-formed and the story wrapped up nicely. My only ‘but’ is that I really liked Lincoln and I enjoyed watching them both acknowledge and move past their issues. Greedy me wanted more.
This is suitable for most teens and I have no cautions to make.
I look forward to Beth’s story now more than ever and I highly recommend this series to YA Contemporary Romance fans.