Two Blue Lines (Crossing the Line #1) by S.C. Montgomery
Title:Two Blue Lines
Series:Crossing the Line #1 Authors:S.C. Montgomery Published:23rd October 2014 Source:E-ARC from the author for my honest review
Synopsis His fear . . . Her secrets . . . Their choice. What if the only girl you’ve ever loved lied to you? Lied to everyone? Those two blue lines changed everything for Reed Young and Melissa Summers. In more ways than one. And now, he must decide for himself . . . Man up or walk away? SC Montgomery has created an emotional tale of first love, difficult choices, and impossible secrets. A deliciously angsty debut you need to read for yourself. ***Reader Warning*** Two Blue Lines is the emotional, honest story of two teenagers whose lives are about to change forever. While not glorified, or portrayed in detail, there are themes of sexual assault and teen pregnancy, as well as allusions to teenage drinking and some foul language. It is all meant to create an honest, relevant novel, but please be aware and read only if you’re comfortable. ***Note, while this novel is a standalone that deals with mature subject matter, it may be helpful to read Lines in the Sand first to understand what makes Reed Young tick and hear about the summer that changed his life forever. Well, before this one.
There is a short prequel story for this book called Lines in the Sand. It takes place three years before this book and gives a bit more insight into Reed's character and some life-defining moments. The MC is only 13 at the time so don't expect a YA novel, it reads more as MG and though in a different sort of style, it is just as enjoyable as Two Blue Lines.
Two Blue Lines follows Reed and Melissa and a very unplanned teen pregnancy. Both these characters are only 16 and have very different thoughts and feelings on the pregnancy - both differing between the characters and even within themselves. This is a very emotional and real situation that can happen to anyone which makes it quite a powerful thing to read and write about.
The author didn't make light of the subject and she portrayed it in a very real and scary way with a lot of drama and secrets. The story gave off many different feelings and emotions, as would happen if you were in such a situation, and I could really feel for both Melissa, Reed and their family/friends. It is a very hard subject to write about without causing offense or inputting too much of your own opinion, but I think S.C. Montgomery did a really good job of portraying a real, believable, coming-of-age story.
I really enjoyed the story and the characters but couldn't connect with them as much as I wanted. I found them to be really believable and individual but I just couldn't sink into their story 100%; my absorption level was however at around 90% which is pretty good. I would recommend reading the prequel first (or if you've already read Two Blue Lines, I'd recommend giving it a go now) as it helps to paint a better picture of Reed, but it is not necessary for the enjoyment of this book. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series!