Wow! Melanie Weiss, the author of “Crossing Lines” has written a unique, thought-provoking, intriguing and memorable novel. The genres for this book are Coming of Age, Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, and Romance. The timeline for this story is around 2018 and the setting is in a Midwest High School. The author describes her characters as complex, complicated, confused and motivated.
I appreciate that the author discusses controversial subjects. The author vividly describes the characters, setting, and problems in the story. Two senior students, Alli and Brandon attend the same high school, and are both on the swim team. The two start to date, and at first fall into a comfortable relationship. Since it is the senior year, there is mention of them going to the prom together. The two want to be together this senior year before they head off to college.
Brandon’s family is a military family, and believes strongly in the right to bear arms. Alli’s father was threatened by someone with a gun, who was robbing him, and dislikes guns. These family differences influence how both Alli and Brandon react when there is a shooting at a school.
This becomes more involved than just a simple relationship, and both Alli and Brandon realize that they are compatible in many ways, yet they differ about certain beliefs and what they should fight for. They want their voices heard. Is there any chance for the two can work together?
I highly recommend this amazing book for readers who enjoy a thought-provoking story.