Crossing the Barrier by Martine Lewis
Genre: Upper YA Coming of Age Contemporary Romance with a touch of Paranormal
Publication Date: March 22, 2016
Format: I received a copy in exchange for an honest review as part of a blog tour organized by YA Reads.
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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?
Ok, this book is like so long. It’s like 80 chapters long. Granted, each chapter is relatively short but still, it was a huge shock.
I really like Lily, the main female character. She’s shy, and reserved, with the bestest best friend, Sandra anyone could have as well as a huge secret, she can feel people’s emotions. Both her and Sandra played clarinet in their school’s marching band. Malakai is one of the football stars of the school, who coincidentally has football practice the same time as the band out in the field.
Even at the very beginning of the book, we can sense that Lily and Malakai liked each other, through a couple quick interactions during their freshmen year.
The book did move sort of slowly but it was pleasant at the beginning. We got to find out a lot of information about Lily and Malakai, as well as their interactions, and with their respective friends.
Another thing I liked was that the book was set in Texas, so I could totally relate to Lily and Sondra’s complaint to the heat while marching outside.
I’m really confused about Lily and her mother’s relationship. Her mother doesn’t care about Lily at all yet is still a prominent part in her life.
The thing that I like a lot is that there is more of a contemporary romance genre vibe from the book than paranormal, which I like a lot since those who have been following my blog know, I’m still easing into the paranormal genre.
Arg I really dislike Wes, Malakai’s friend. He’s literally ruining every single interaction that Lily and Malakai have together. His reason, that fact that she’s a band geek is totally unreasonable, not the action of a supportive friend.
Sandra’s brother is also super cute and protective of Lily, since his family knows about Lily’s conditions. He provides an intermediaries between the two since he knows both of them so well.
Just a warning to those who may be bothered by this, there are some harsh language used in the book, as well as mentions of sexual harassment, drugs, etc... but wasn’t something that I minded that much.
Ok, I literally cannot even try to start and describe what happened in the rest of the book but it was definetly event-packed. Like everything was happening with no signs of stopping.
The epilogue was interesting… it seemed like Malakai’s mother had some sort of relation with Lily, and ended with a very mysterious phone call. My only question, what was it with and what was it all about? I can’t wait to see if there's another book that will actually tell us what happened.
I found myself enjoying the book a lot more than I thought I would be (not that I wanted to hate it). The description of the book was both not describing enough, and too much at the same time (does that make sense?). So many things happened and arh, I just can’t. Words aren't working for me right now, so all I can say is, go and get the book yourself and find out what happens.
Overall, I give the book a 8/10 (4/5 stars). I actually really liked it. It’s different from other books that I have EVER read and I’m actually looking forward to knowing more about Lily and Malakai’s mother. I recommend this to people who are looking to venture out of their comfort reading zone. So if you’re not sure, go and give this book a try. Again, it’s free on Amazon for just a little while so go and get the book now, and you could always read it later!
There is also currently a giveaway of the book on Goodreads! The link that that post is right here: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/199682-crossing-the-barrier
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