by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

July 2004
ISBN: 0-373-25062-2
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This is the hilarious sequel to The Thin Pink Line. This story picks up with a baby that Jane has found abandoned, almost at the exact time her ruse is up with her fake pregnancy. Thereís just one teensy little problem with telling everyone itís hers, itís black.

So now you have a compulsive liar keeping this baby while Social Services proceeds to interview all her friends and family. Some are supportive of her endeavors, while others are constantly on her case about it. But will loving this child, and trying to do a good job by it, help Jane grow up just a little bit more? And will she work things out with the love of her life that is heartbroken by all her lies?

A cute, light read Crossing the Line marks one womanís journey through motherhood. Amazingly enough, the reader may actually begin to empathize with this woman though she still does some things to shock and appall at times. And though her motherhood doesnít come about in the usual way, itís interesting to watch her travel through the beginning worries and stages of having a new baby to take care of.

While Jane is never the character anyone wants to find themselves like, she does bring some new dimensions and ideas to the baby theme. It also brings some cultural diversity. Any fan of chick lit, is sure to get a few laughs out of the antics and things that are said in this novel. And though it is a sequel, those that have not read The Thin Pink Line won't miss a thing.

Reviewed in June 2004 by Katy.

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