CROSSING THE LINE
The latest YA by Elkeles has elements familiar from her other books and features a couple from different backgrounds who must fight tooth and nail to be together. However, Crossing the Line has one major plot twist that will leave some readers dismayed. Regardless, Elkeles knows how to write emotional reads with multi-dimensional characters whom readers care about. The story has some current and socially relevant topics in it, but there is also a lot going on outside of the romance, and soon the plot twists all become a little too much. Fans of Elkeles will be glad to see her back, but they may have mixed feelings about her latest.
Ryan Hess has not had an easy life. When he decides he has had enough of his overbearing stepfather and stepbrothers, Ryan crosses the border to Mexico to box. One night while out at a concert, he meets Dalila Sandoval, a beautiful girl totally out of his league. Dalila is the daughter of one of the wealthiest lawyers in Mexico. Ryan and Dalila come from different cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds, but the attraction between them is greater than their differences. Will their love be able to overcome everything that will come their way? (HARPERTEEN, Jun., 352 pp., $17.99, 14 & Up)