High school senior Liv Evans has one rule: No attachments. She’s lost enough in her life and has vowed to do whatever it takes to make sure she never again feels the emptiness of losing someone she loves. Boys are a fun distraction, but a serious relationship is something she’d rather live without. Her determination for a future free of pain and heartbreak is put to the test when she meets–and quickly forms an unexpected bond–with Logan Tanner.
Logan has always been a free spirit, but ever since a life-changing event took place, which left him doubting the integrity of those who are closest to him, he’s taken that term to a whole new dangerous level. Learning the hard way that life is too short for worries or work–and that women can’t be trusted–Logan has exchanged steady work for street racing. When Liv walks into his world, everything he thought he knew about life and women is challenged.
In The Fine Line, Liv and Logan will discover if it’s possible for true love to have a future, or if history is destined to repeat itself.
I have very mixed feelings about this book. First of all, it is very YA, Liv is a high school senior, and Logan is a 20 year old street racing mechanic. I have to say that I liked the book a lot more then I thought I would, and despite my disinterest in YA books, this one had just enough of a punch to keep me swiping.
Olivia (Liv) is a 17 year old high school senior. She has watched her mother suffer heartbreak after heartbreak over the years and it has left her jaded when it comes to the concept of forever love. She has closed herself off to the possibility of a relationship and has convinced herself that nothing lasts, and that eventually she will be left to suffer. Liv is witty, and fun, and seems to be smart, yet has no aspirations to do anything beyond high school. Liv is impulsive and immature at times, which lets face it, was to be expected, she’s an emotionally closed off 17 year old virgin with few friends and little experience with life. So with these aspects come drama, and over reacting, and avoidance, and denial, and all the other emotions and mistakes that a teenager could go through when experiencing love for the first time.
Logan was presented as this handsome playboy, he had no cares in the world, raced for a living, and had no desire to do anything meaningful with his life beyond living above his uncle's garage and illegal street racing. When he meets Liv, they share a connection, and develop a close friendship. Logan has feelings for Liv, its very obvious through the book that he is falling in love with her. He gets jealous of her with other guys, he wants to touch her and kiss her, and tries to on several occasions to advance their relationship. He puts up with her insistence that they just be friends for months until he cant take it any longer and pushes her to make a decision to either be with him or not.
What I liked about this book is that it was very well written. It was descriptive and it flowed. It had this cool underground racing vibe to it, although it wasn’t featured as much in the book as I wish it had been. The connection and tension between Liv and Logan was palpable, and I could feel the build up of their emotions and feelings...this was my favorite part of the book. I could see all of the good qualities in Liv that made Logan fall in love with her. She was written as an equally flawed character with a great personality to offset her bad qualities. The baggage that the two characters had at such a young age stemmed from the loss of parents and the lies they were told, both believable scenarios given their ages. I found the book to be very enjoyable and I wanted to reach the end to find out how it all played out for them. There was some very unexpected turns in the story and when it was all said and done, it had kept me on my toes.
Now…to what I didn’t like. I really could go on and on about this, in fact I did, but my review was like 2 pages long so I had to utilize the ‘delete’ button…very liberally. So to sum it up…what I didn’t like was the immaturity of the characters. They acted their age, and being that I’m in my 30’s, I just couldn’t relate. I wanted to slap both of them many times, but then I had to remember that they are teenagers with little life experience and one of them is a virgin who has no clue how sex can change a relationship and strengthen bonds. This very much was a coming of age book, and it was clear that Liv and Logan both grew as people throughout the course of the story. They were green and had a lot to learn and it took a lot of mistakes and soul searching to get them to a happy place.
This story had drama, action, unexpected twists, love, betrayal, and emotion. My OPINION is that its better suited for a younger age group, or for those that enjoy the trials and tribulations of first loves and the transitions into adulthood. I do however, think that the author did a fantastic job with her writing, and I am very interested in seeing what she comes out with in the future.