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Cryer's Cross Hardcover – Bargain Price, February 8, 2011
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Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this novel is the main character's OCD and the role it plays. To my knowledge, there aren't very many YA books that deal with OCD and there definitely aren't any that handle it this particular way. Kendall's disorder is both a blessing and a curse and McMann sends this message in an entirely new, brilliant way.
CRYER'S CROSS has a sinister feel, but it's not so scary that it'll keep you up at night. Instead, it's more of a slow, steady buildup to the revelations at the end of the novel... When I reached that point, all I could say was 'Wow.' For me, the novel reached it's most intense near the very end, but it wouldn't have packed the same punch if not for the slow journey to that point.
I'll admit that I still favor McMann's trilogy over CRYER'S CROSS, but this novel proves that she's fully capable of doing something completely different and still blow readers away. I'll definitely be reading McMann's next novel, THE UNWANTEDS... I'm curious to see what she'll show readers next!
Kendall's life runs according to routine, which helps keep her OCD tendencies in check. Her best friend/possible boyfriend Nico helps to keep her put together too, so when Nico mysteriously disappears like a girl previously did earlier in the year (this isn't a spoiler, as it happens very early on and it's entirely predictable), the town and Kendall are in a panic. One huge aspect of her life is gone, and it hurts more than Kendall could have ever imagined. But the two new students who come to town, siblings Marlena and Jacian, are a welcome distraction to her. Marlena is fiery and kind, while Jacian is slightly bitter and upset at the move. Both characters help Kendall in different ways. The storyline moves smoothly from missing Nico to Kendall adjusting with being on her own, as well as her budding relationships with Marlena and Jacian. Interspersed throughout the story are short little unusual paragraphs narrated by "WE", a mysterious entity that is revealed in the end (after a very surprising conclusion).
HIGHLIGHTS: Kendall having OCD was interesting, because it made her different from other YA characters out there. She stands out, in a good and unique way (I want more realistic protagonists like her in YA). The ending scenes were surprising, the small-town life was nicely shown, and the budding relationships were fun to watch unfold. The writing itself, while sparse, was quick and addictive to get into.Read more ›
Cryer's Cross, Montana, has only 212 residents; only 24 students attend the one-room high school. When sophomore Tiffany Quinn disappears near the end of May, everyone is terrified. Months pass; summer vacation is over and school resumes. Life doesn't exactly return to normal, but routine and the passage of time dulls the fear. Kendall Fletcher begins her senior year with the other five members of her class, all boys. She and her boyfriend, Nico, begin making plans for college. Two new students, grandchildren of one of Cryer's Cross's oldest residents, arrive. Marlena and Jacian are both soccer players, welcome additions to the tiny school team. Jacian is a fantastic player, but aloof and unfriendly, unhappy about leaving his city friends and spending his senior year in a tiny country school.
A few weeks into the school year, Nico begins acting strangely, distant and distracted. Kendall worries, but can't find out what is wrong. Then, the unthinkable happens, and Nico disappears. Despite an extensive search and national media coverage, no trace of him is found. Everyone becomes suspicious of everyone else; children are no longer allowed to go out alone. The co-ed soccer team is disbanded because with Nico's disappearance and an injury Marlena suffers while participating in the search for him, they are down to six players. Kendall suffers from OCD, a disability she counters with physical activity, so she is devastated when the coach makes the decision. Practicing with Jacian helps, and she spends more and more time with him. Attraction grows between them, and Kendall feels guilty that she could forget Nico so soon.Read more ›
I don't know what to think about Cryer's Cross. The story started off great with the disappearance of Tracy and then Nico (no spoiler. His disappearance is mentioned in the book summary). Kendall is trying to deal with her grief and OCD while trying to figure out what happened to Nico. She is suspicious of the new kid in town, Jacian. Jacian and his family moved to Cryer's Cross when Tiffany disappeared. The first thing that bothered me was Kendall's obsession with believing that Jacian had something to do with the disappearances. He'd given her no reason to believe that he was dangerous or violent. He had major attitude but other than that, I couldn't understand why she was so set on believing he was guilty even though the sheriff told her that Jacian was innocent. Once Kendall got over her preconceived notions of Jacian, Kendall and Jacian slowly became friends. They bonded over the love of soccer and Jacian was the only kid who noticed Kendall's secret, her OCD. Instead of pushing her away or making her feel ostracized, he was understanding. As their friendship grew, it started turning into something more.
Cryer's Cross is only 240 pages and the majority of those pages were dedicated to Kendall and her budding relationship with Jacian. This book is described as a Paranormal but the PNR aspects were greatly missing. What kept me reading was I wanted to find out what happened to these kids. When we finally got to what was causing the disappearances (where only 2 kids disappeared. I thought there'd be more) the big reveal was laughable and had scratching my head in confusion.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wildly mediocre. Interesting idea but the characters are flat, choppy sentences, relies on tropes. It seemed like zero effort was put into this book, and I doubt it would've been... Read morePublished 9 days ago by M. L.
One of the best books ever. It was mysterious, chilling, and romantic all at the same time. Plus it was written by the brilliant mind that is Lisa McMann.Published 4 months ago by Chloeeee_xd
After enjoying ‘Dead to You’ and it completely restoring my faith in Lisa McMann, I decided to give ‘Cryer’s Cross’ a go – the only other title of hers remaining unread on my... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Casey Carlisle
I started this book today and finished it at 4 AM! I literally could not put it down. Great read!Published 17 months ago by Elizabeth Thompson
In my opinion, the book wasn't was well written but it was certainly intriguing. The only reason I couldn't seem to put the book down was because the plot had me hooked and I... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tiffany
This book is pure perfection!
So gripping and haunting. Not the kind of book you'll soon forget. Book you can savor.
I love Lisa McMann's writing. I really do. Read more
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Cryer's Cross was an eerie, fast-paced, mysterious book. Read more
I really liked this book. I didn't realize how much I liked it until about a year ago, a year after I read it. Read morePublished on July 2, 2014 by BookGeek 101
The story line is a bit undeveloped and strangely twists towards demonic. Characters could also use more development for the reader to be able to understand their motivations.Published on June 17, 2014 by A bit bookish