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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann

Released: February 8, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rated: YA

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.
What I thought:

Wow. This was amazing! Creepy, but amazing. This was something unique, something completely different both in story and in character that I've ever read. What I loved about this first was Kendall. I know a lot of people say they have OCD. No, they don't. She is a true sufferer of the condition and it was great to get an insight of what that might actually be like.

Second, the story. What a story! I had a feeling getting into this it might not give me the HEA I usually love and enjoy. I cried. The struggles that Kendall goes through not only when her best friend and boyfriend go missing but what happens when her routines are thrown off and how she has to deal with the complications that come with it when it effects her OCD.

I have to say this book effected me more than I thought it would. After I finished it I started with the "What if's". What if they did this differently, what if this happened... It really made me feel like I was there living it instead of reading it. I love it when I get that involved in a book!

A superb story. Dark, creepy, twisted, and with a little bit of hope that shines through it all. McMann twists them all together for a perfect blend that kept me reading.

 My Rating:
 

5 comments:

Marce said...

Most of the reviews have made me say read this now Marce. Great exciting review, I have it downloaded I need to read it.

If you haven't read the Wake Trilogy, I highly recommend.

Aimee said...

I haven't read it yet, but after reading this I'm definitely moving them up on the tbr list!!

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flashlight_reader said...

After seeing all the great reviews for this book, I can't wait to read it. I've picked it for my lunch time book club read with my students. I hope they like it.

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Tribute Books Mama said...

great review! thanks for sharing.

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