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Crossed Out Paperback – May 17, 2010
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Kim Baccellia was born in Sacramento, California and graduated with a BS degree in Elementary Education from BYU. She taught bilingual first grade for fifteen years in Los Angeles County school district. Her first book, "Earrings of Ixtumea," reflects her own desire for more diversity in children novels. Her other YA books include CROSSED OUT and NO MORE GODDESSES. Currently she's an editor for YA Books Central.
Top Customer Reviews
To help the dead find the light to Heaven, Stephanie paints crosses. Once the dead have crossed over, that should be the end of it. They're supposed to stay in Heaven. So why has Allison, a friend that Stephanie helped take the journey to eternal peace, returned? And why is she warning Stephanie to be careful? There's danger?
As if Stephanie doesn't have enough problems with the dead, she soon finds herself in a love triangle. Dylan, with his surfer body and broad shoulders, is her friend, not boyfriend, though he's acting otherwise. Mark, the gorgeous new boy in school, seems to have secrets of his own, and he's especially interested in Stephanie. There's something unsettling about Mark, however. Stephanie doesn't understand why she's both drawn to him and afraid of him at the same time. Which boy will she choose? Will he be the right one for her? And what do Dylan and Mark have to do with the dead?
Ms. Baccellia cleverly plants hints along the way that things are not always what they seem and people are not always what they claim to be. So come along for the ride. You'll be glad you did. The characters are well developed. There's plenty of tension, and the ending leaves us with the promise of more to come from Stephanie and her ghosts. I recommend this book for readers who enjoy mysteries and ghost stories (like me). You might not want to read it late at night, however, unless you leave on plenty of light. Looking forward to the sequel.
She paints and designs her crosses in the garage, and she used to be in the "in" crowd, but ever since she started talking to the dead everyone keeps their distance, except for a few close friends. Dylan and she have known each other for ages, and he would make one great boyfriend. The problem is he doesn't know her secret.
The new guy at school is named Mark and something about him draws her to him. She knows he is bad, but she spends time with him anyway. She goes back between Dylan and Mark and the triangle contains elements of evil and teenage angst.
When a soul crosses over, that is usually the end of it. But Allison has returned and Stephanie doesn't know her role. Allison crossed over already but now she warns Stephanie of danger. To add to it, Stephanie's new counselor thinks a demon is after her. Stephanie will need all of her wits to figure out where to go and what to do, as well as figure out her boy troubles.
Crossed Out is a young adult paranormal thriller. The first work I have read from this author, I found it to be engaging and unique. Stephanie is a very likable character and the plot is unique and fresh. There were a few plot points that could have been fleshed out more to ease the understanding and confusion of the reader, but the destination arrival was satisfying and leaves off to allude to a sequel.
Now, on to the boys. There are two boys in this book. One is the mysterious new guy that is unbelievably hot, and the other is the best friend. Both are great, and totally pull you into the story. There is also a creepy shrink that has the same creepy cross painting obsession as Stephanie, which adds to the tensions and mystery.
I enjoyed this book. It had all the things I like: Boys, Mystery, Creepiness and Supernatural Ability!
Seeing dead people does not generally help get you into the in crowd in school, but Stephanie Stewart has more to worry about than what her friends thinks. Dead people seek her out for help crossing over to the other side. The help she gives them involves decorating a cross and placing it near the location the person died, as is often seen by roadside shrines where someone died in a car accident.
But there's even more at work in this supernatural thriller, because if Stephanie is not careful she could be the next one crossed out.
And of course, there is a romance, but even that is fraught with peril, because not everyone is as they seem.
An enjoyable book, especially for someone who loves ghost stories.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just love paranormal mysteries and this one fits the bill. The story is fast paced and a fun to read ghost story.Published on January 15, 2014 by Tina M.Z.
Having been ridiculed in the past for admitting she sees dead people, it's no wonder Stephanie keeps her ability a secret from her family and friends. Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by pksm
Stephanie Stewart is your typical teen: she fights with her mother, wonders if she should go with the 'reliable' boy or the 'seductive boy' and generally acts before she thinks. Read morePublished on October 5, 2012 by Joyce Sweeney
Highly recommended for 7th grade and up readers, CROSSED OUT takes the best of humor, mystery, and paranormal and blends them all together into a book that is sure to delight... Read morePublished on October 2, 2012 by P. J. Hoover
I enjoyed Crossed Out. It was a nice break from the dystopian trend in YA right now. i will definitely read the sequel.Published on September 15, 2011 by Dana
I have always liked paranormal novels. The main character, Stephanie has bizarre powers, vivid dreams, typical teenage problems and ghosts that need her help. Read morePublished on August 25, 2010 by Eileen