Reviewed by Sandra Scholes
It’s what happens when two people are in love – age means nothing, but when one partner is underage, it tips the balance of what is considered right and wrong.
Hal fell for Trent one balmy, heated summer, and the effects of that meeting last almost forever in his mind when he becomes charged with statutory rape and has to spend years in prison where he can think about what he has done. Prison is the one place he never wanted to be though, surrounded by felons who had done far worse than he. After too many beatings he and his friend Demetrio plan an escape that could land him a harsher sentence if he were captured.
All the way through the story Hal can't help but still think of Trent and how she must be feeling when he was dragged away from her so cruelly. They know what they felt in their own way, but it doesn't fit in with what society says is right or wrong. Her act of telling him she was older causes the havoc in his life, yet he is prepared to overlook that one slight if it means he can get away from prison to tell her how he really feels about her. She is a poor little rich girl who has everything she has ever wanted, and more, and readers will wonder what he could possibly offer her in return for her love.
Way Out Of Line is a sad, touching story that will tug at the heartstrings in the way it has been written. Trent is a seductive siren of a girl who does all she can to convince Hal that she loves him and that they are meant to be together, but what happens to him shadows partly the love he once felt. Hal struck me as a very strong and enduring character that could come through pain and suffering and make something positive of it at the end. I enjoyed the soulful pleas from Trent to Hal in the letters she wrote to him in prison, and the feelings throughout the story.