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Crossed Out Paperback – May 17, 2010
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Following the light can't be that hard, right? So why don't the dead just do it and leave Stephanie Stewart alone? However nothing is ever as simple as it should be, as Stephanie learns when her hidden 'gift' becomes more than a nuisance, quickly turning into a liability. If she can't learn to trust someone with her secret, the world as she knows it will go to hell. Literally. But if she doesn't choose wisely, she might just end up learning firsthand how hard it is to follow that light. Because she's next on the list to be crossed out.
About the Author
Kim Baccellia has always been a sucker for the paranormal. She blames it on her families' love for such things such as having picnics at cemeteries, visiting psychics, and reading her mother's copies of the daily horoscope. She even had her own horoscope column in middle school, which was a big hit! Kim's other works include the poem, "My Father", which appears in the anthology Mind Mutations, published by The Sun Rising Press. Her essay about the adoption of her son, Finally, Our Turn, appeared in Adoptive Families magazine. Her YA multicultural fantasy, Earrings of Ixtumea, is published by Virtual Tales and available now at Amazon. A member of SCBWI, Kim is currently writing the sequel to CROSSED OUT. She's also putting the finishing touches on an upper MG fantasy No Goddesses Allowed. She lives in Southern California with her husband and son.
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Crossed Out is a fast paced story with well developed characters. I really enjoyed the unique approach to a crossing over story.
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.
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.
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