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Review of Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann

Cryer’s Cross  by Lisa McMannCryer's Cross

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: February 8th 2011
Pages: 233
Reading Level: Young Adult
Challenge: 100 books in a year
Source: Bought

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. (Goodreads)


This book was spooky, creative, and an all around enjoyable read.

Kendall added a lot of spunk to the novel with her quirky personality, but her OCD kept her believable, and she was easy to like. I truly felt bad for her when… people started disappearing. Jacian was also a nice addition to the novel! He was very swoon worthy, but slightly different from your average bad boy. He just had an awesome quality to him!

The plot of the novel was unique and there were twists and turns everywhere, always keeping you guessing! The writing was graceful when it needed to be, and choppy when the time came.

I think the whole back story behind the novel and the reason for the disappearances was very creep and spine chilling! The way that everything linked together was smart, and really tied the novel off nicely.

My one downfall about this novel was the fear factor. Maybe it was just because of some of the other reviews I had been reading, claiming it to be horrifying, but to me it wasn’t. Yes it was eerie and creepy, but it didn’t keep me up at night. It didn’t make me wonder what was under my bed, or what went bump in the night. Maybe this is good for me, because I scare pretty easily, but honestly, I was expecting a little more OOMPH!

Overall this novel is definitely worth giving a go for it’s unique plot, interesting writing style, and creative characters.

4 birds

Sweet read! Would definitely knock out a few birds for this one!