Thursday, January 20, 2011

Cryer's Cross by: Lisa McMann

Syopsis: 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.

Thoughts: Creepy! But, oh so good. And the cover, goes so perfectly with the story.

Cryer's Cross starts off when Tiffany Quinn goes missing in Kendall's small town of only 212 people. It nerves the citizens because Cryers Cross is peaceful and Tiffany is never found. Life goes on, and things go back to normal, but then Kendall's boyfriendish (yes, I say ish for a reason), Nico, goes missing as well. Kendall and her OCD are in terrible form... she's heartbroken over Nico. She starts to distract herself with soccer and hanging out with the new kids in town: Jacian and Marlena. Kendall still can't shake the feeling that there's a connection between Nico and Tiffany's disappearances, so when she starts to hear strange voices, that seem to be Nico's, well she would do anything to save him.

This book was creepy yes, and that seems to be all that people see, but I don't. I don't think it was as creepy as everyone is making it out to be. It's defiantly strange, but there's more of a story here... there's learning how to cope with illnesses like OCD, learning how to move on and not give up, learning that you will always need good friends, and well of course there's romance.

I really liked Kendall and Jacian, they certainly helped each other change for the better. "I'm feeling an urge to smack you again" (Hehe<3). Marlena was a doll, she was like a pet, someone who loves you unconditionally no matter what.

I thought Cryer's Cross was a good story. I read it in one sitting, it just kept pulling me in and I had to know what happened next. This one is defiantly worth a buy... comes out Feb 8th! :)


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