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Crossing - Stacey Wallace Benefiel I received this book from the publisher/Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 stars.


I spent most of the day reading this book. First I wanted to know the secret and once that was revealed I wanted to know how Dani would handle the knowledge and what would happen with their relationship. Stacey Wallace Benefiel brought a new twist to all the young adult contemporary books out lately.

"Well, someone has to build you up. Otherwise, you waste all your time tearing yourself down."

Meet Dani, college student with low self esteem and the inability to keep most of her thoughts to herself resulting in a bad case of "assholia". On her first day of school, Acting 1, she meets Liam. Liam is hot. And he's just as smart mouthed as she is. Dani knows the he's above her level and thinks she doesn't stand a chance. But after a night of Tequila and drag queens that changes. Despite appearances Dani knows that Liam is hiding something, she's just not sure what that something is.

"Whats more important? Loving the man that loves you, or trying to achieve this bullshit idea you have of what a perfect relationship is supposed to be?"

This is what I loved about Crossing:

1. The fresh twist. While it was pretty obvious what Liam was hiding it was nice to see something different being played out.

2. I really liked how instead of Dani saying how she accepted Liam for who he is right away, as soon as she found out, she took some time to think things over.

3. The near ending. I loved that Dani preformed her one woman show. I loved Liam showing up, lipstick in hand, even more. I was grinning like the Mad Hatter.

What I did not like about Crossing:

1. The self hate. It annoyed me. To be honest while I loved the story itself Dani's "voice" not my cuppa tea and if it weren't for Liam I might have tossed the book aside.

2. Dani spilling Liam's secret to her cousins. Isn't this what made him so upset with Ari? I get that they were hundreds of miles apart but I still didn't like it. I did however like their reactions.

I would recommend this book to any fan of Colleen Hoover's and anyone looking for a new spin in the genre.