Crossing by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Publish Date: May 8th 2013
Publisher: Write Free
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Due to heavy subject matter, Crossing is recommended for readers 17+.
He stole her lipstick…and her heart.
Twenty-year-old Dani Walker can’t believe her luck when she’s paired up with the gorgeous Liam Garrett as her Acting I scene partner – or when he ends up in her bed. Being a Plain Jane with a mouth on her hasn’t exactly served Dani well in the guy department. In fact, she’s had nothing but one night stands. Still, she lets go of her insecurities and falls for Liam, despite feeling like he’s holding something back.
When Dani finally discovers Liam’s secret, she must learn the true meaning of accepting the ones we love for who they are, or risk losing the best thing that’s ever happened to her.
Stacey’s writing style is so wonderful and real. It made me want to buy all of her work and devour them in an afternoon with a mug of hot chocolate and a never ending box of chocolates that are calorieless.
I also liked that Crossing is also based on the author’s personal experience from when she was in UNI.
I just loved this book so much. I KNEW that something was going to happen…and when it did I totally was not expecting it. (Reaction: I screamed and dropped my phone.)
The main female character, Dani, was one of the funniest that I have encountered in YA this year. She was so funny, I laughed out loud a few times. Thankfully I was only in my room, so not TOO embarrassing! There were a few points when Dani stormed out of the room like a stroppy teenager and lacked in self-esteem in parts of the book. But it wasn’t THAT annoying because I was so engrossed in the story.
Liam was so loveable and I wanted to give him a big hug. I’d marry him tomorrow if I could. (Along with all of the other YA boys that I have lined up.) His parent’s where possibly the most infuriating people that I have ever read about. SO FRUSTRATING WHEN THEY TOLD HIM TO STAY AWAY FROM DANI! I wanted to punch them!
(On a serious note, can you imagine me in a coffee shop, glaring at my phone with murder in my eyes? Oh for the life of a reader!)
I’m glad that they had a happy ending. In most YA books they all end happily and you just want the character to fight to the death or something just to spice things up a bit. But it was nice to breathe a sigh of relief when Crossing ended happily. I had grown so connected to Dani and Liam and just wanted them to be together.
Overall, (if you couldn’t tell) I loved Crossing. I wasn’t really expecting the twist and it was a nice change to read something like this.
Stacey lives in an orange house in Beaverton, OR with her two young children.