Crossing the Barrier

Crossing the Barrier

Book - 2016
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High school student Malakai Thomas, star wide receiver of the varsity team, collides with band member Lily Morgan on his way to football practice. As days go by, Malakai cannot get the petite clarinetist out of his head. Lily Morgan can feel everyone's emotions. She loses her ability to shield herself against them the day Malakai runs into her. Now she must try to maintain her sanity in the emotional jungle that is high school, as well as deal with her growing feelings for Malakai. Can Malakai get over the social stigma and his own internal struggle to be with Lily? Is Lily's secret too big to accept, even for him?
Publisher: Houston, TX :, BMJ Chanapi,, 2016.
Edition: Second edition.
ISBN: 9781944940003
1944940006
Branch Call Number: YA LEWI
Characteristics: 373 pages ; 21 cm

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awebster92
Oct 09, 2017

I loved the idea of this book. The main character can feel other people emotions, and you can just imagine the impact that has on her high school life. To my surprise the paranormal aspects of this book aren't the central focus point; they're more of a side issue. I expected it to play more of a part in the story. I still love the effect it had on the story. In my opinion, her powers set her connections with people in stone; they had to be transparent, even if they didn't know what she could do. I think the next book will involve more of the influences of her capabilities; Which makes me especially excited.

The main focus point of book one was Malakai and Lily's relationship. It's a rollercoaster. Let's just say it isn't a young adult/new adult book without a lot of misunderstandings and angst. Crossing the Barrier isn't your typical high school romance. The fact the characters have no choice but to be transparent helps you build a strong feel for all the side characters in the book; That teamed with a touch of unexpected drama that actually had very little to do with Lily's abilities made for an exciting ride. The twists always caught me when I least suspected it. Once I thought how the book was going it, spun around and became something completely different; Even on the final page, I was sent through a hoop.

While I enjoyed this book, I did have a slight issue with the vocabulary. The characters seemed a bit too adult in some parts or use language I didn't think fit well with a person of that age. I would say that's solely because I read a lot of YA/NA now and that always sticks out to me. I am bouncing between 4 or 4.5 stars because of this. The epilogue really pushed it up for me I'm truly excited to see where the next book goes. It's going to be a long wait until September! If you like YA/NA paranormal romance, you'll probably like this book.

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Oct 09, 2017

awebster92 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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