Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann

Published By: Simon Pulse

Date of Publication:  February 8 2011

Categories:Fiction, Urban Paranormal, YA

Pages: 233

Summary (from The community of Cryer’s Cross, Montana (population 212) is distraught when high school freshman Tiffany disappears without a trace. Already off-balance due to her OCD, 16-year-old Kendall is freaked out seeing Tiffany’s empty desk in the one-room school house, but somehow life goes on… until Kendall’s boyfriend Nico also disappears, and also without a trace. Now the town is in a panic. Alone in her depression and with her OCD at an all-time high, Kendall notices something that connects Nico and Tiffany: they both sat at the same desk. She knows it’s crazy, but Kendall finds herself drawn to the desk, dreaming of Nico and wondering if maybe she, too, will disappear…and whether that would be so bad. Then she begins receiving graffiti messages on the desk from someone who can only be Nico. Can he possibly be alive somewhere? Where is he? And how can Kendall help him? The only person who believes her is Jacian, the new guy she finds irritating…and attractive. As Kendall and Jacian grow closer, Kendall digs deeper into Nico’s mysterious disappearance only to stumble upon some ugly—and deadly—local history. Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried.

Review: I’ve now read three of Lisa McMann’s books, and I have to say that Cryer’s Cross is my favorite. I loved everything about it.

I really enjoy reading books about mental illness. It’s something that you can’t see on the outside, but probably affects people just as much as a physical illness. I wasn’t disappointed in Kendall’s portrayal of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. I thought it was very real, while at the same time being something that I could understand.

One thing that I really liked was the friendship that evolved between Kendall and Jacian. It didn’t happen overnight, like I feel happens sometimes. It had a rocky beginning, until things started to fall into place.

I liked that Kendall’s romance (I won’t say who it is, cause I don’t want to give anything away), didn’t happen immediately. It happened slowly and very naturally. It took work to get there. I loved being able to take every step with the both of them. It was a lot more fun as a reader to read it that way than it is if it happens all of a sudden.

I found it hard to put this book down. It was tough to pull myself away from it. I haven’t felt like that about a book in awhile, so it was great to have that with Cryer’s Cross.

If you’re looking for a very creepy book to read, I would definitely recommend Cryer’s Cross.

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Disclosure: I got this book from the library.


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