My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Publication Date: April 12th 2016
Publisher: Philomel Books
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Espionage, Action, Mystery, Contemporary
If Jason Bourne were a teenaged girl…
Jocelyn Steely was kidnapped as a child and raised in North Korea as a spy. When her agency sends her to the U.S. to infiltrate the very group her parents once worked for, Jocelyn jumps at the chance to turn double agent and finish off her kidnappers once and for all. She convinces the head of the American spy agency to trust her, but it’s not quite as simple as that: Jocelyn has to fight the withdrawal symptoms from the drug that the North Koreans used to keep her in line, and her new fellow spies refuse to trust their former adversary. Worst of all, there might be some new information to uncover about her parents – if she even wants to find out.
This action-packed spy thriller is part Gallagher Girls, part Alex Rider, and part Bourne Identity.
Reading Crossing the Line was making me terribly unhappy and uncomfortable, so I had to stop. If there’s one thing I cannot stand in any other form but heartfelt love-hate relationships (picture Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy), it’s misunderstandings.
And this spy book reeks of them. I don’t remember ever disliking a spy novel, but there’s a first time for everything it seems.
There is just so much hate in this book. Hate for the main character. From her teachers, her colleagues, her destined love-interest (before the mushy-mushy).
She is constantly judged by everyone around her. Only a tiny amount of people looked past her past and accepted her as their own.
It has a clever plot, I’ll give it that, and even some gripping action scenes. There’s probably also a shocking twist somewhere that I didn’t get to because I couldn’t stand the relatively-uncalled-for bullying and hate. I like my spy novels less depressing.
It’s funny because I’ve read tons of books dealing with bullying, but I guess the difference is I was expecting such a theme in them (and prepared for them), while I couldn’t believe my eyes when this many people were after the main character of Crossing the Line.
That’s all I have to say. Very few readers gave this book a low rating like mine, so obviously, I can’t tell you it’s not worth your time. After all, the reason why I couldn’t finish it is personal (and so sad).
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