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Desert Crossing Hardcover – May 2, 2006
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Lucy Martinez is headed cross country to her father's for spring break. She is in the backseat, her brother is driving, and his best friend is hogging "shotgun". They are driving through the desert of New Mexico on their way to Phoenix. It's dark and rainy, the guys have been drinking, and they hit something in the road. Lucy convinces her brother to turn around and check it out. When they retrace their path, they discover a dead girl.
Oh man, now what? The three teens are in shock. The nearest house is owned by an artist named Beth. She helps them out by dialing 911 and taking them in out of the rain. The police arrive and begin the investigation. Due to the presence of beer fumes in the car, Lucy's brother Jamie is hauled to jail for the night. Beth agrees to let Lucy and Kit stay the night at her house.
The teens are soon cleared of any wrong-doing when it's discovered that the girl died of a heart attack and was probably already dead when her body was left at the side of the road. Jamie is released from jail, and the three remain at the artist's house until the investigation is wrapped up. Meanwhile, Lucy can't sleep and believes she must help catch the person who left this girl on the side of the road.
DESERT CROSSING grabs the reader right from the start. Lucy's first-person narrative is real and honest. Many things complicate the teens' situation. Jamie is attracted to Beth the artist, Kit and Lucy begin a questionable relationship, and there are tense phone calls to update Lucy's parents. All are surrounded by questions about the dead girl, but Elise Broach keeps things flowing so smoothly, the pages seem to fly by.
Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
The story is told from 14 year old Lucy's perspective. She is going from Kansas to Arizona with her brother and his best friend. Within the first few pages the action starts. Kit, the best friend, pulls out a six pack of beer and hands one to Lucy's brother, Jamie, who is driving. A terrible rain storm has kicked up and they cannot see anything but water. No sooner had they had a few sips of beer they hit something with the car. Worried that it is a dog and may still be alive, Lucy makes Jamie turn around and go back. What they find on the side of the road is not a dog. It's a girl. Jamie is taken to the police station while Kit and Lucy are taken in for the night by a local woman named Beth.
I almost hate to tell you anything else. There are a lot of twists and turns, but all very likely and well put together. I really do not enjoy crazy mysteries where everything is unexpected and unlikely. Broach does a fantastic job of weaving in a lot of unexpected events while keeping the story real. Her characters are wonderful. I find as an adult I do not relate many YA characters. In this case I relate to them, but not as an adult. I can actually see my 14 year old self in Lucy. She also does a wonderful job of walking the line between teen sexuality and censoring her charcters.
I hope Broach has another YA book coming out soon.
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I have enjoyed Elise Broach's books, starting with masterpiece. I love the art history and her stories. Desert Crossing was not only entertaining but fun! Keep them coming!Published on February 11, 2012 by Debbie Williamson
Wow! This was a very good book! :) If you like, murder mysterys this is a perfect book for youuu! :) loll. it was great i just couldnt put it down! Read morePublished on January 10, 2009