I just finished reading Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann for an Around the World ARC Tour.
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.
Ok, this book is just plain weird. Very weird. And creepy.
I really got into Kendall's character. I have mild OCD myself and so I could completely relate with her. And I felt her pain over Nico.
I was completely sucked into the story. I read it pretty much all in one sitting. I was confused sometimes though, because before some chapters there was a half a page of writing that what I took was the thoughts of the person who kidnapped Tiffany and Nico. But that writing was weird and I couldn't understand it all. But it just helped to suck me in even more.
I kept trying to guess the ending. But I couldn't. I was completely shocked by it. And I have to say that I didn't really like it. It was too weird for me. I don't know, it was just odd. But I have read where a bunch of other reviewers liked it, so I would advise giving it a try.
I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.
Cryer's Cross will be released on February 8, 2001.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 130
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 98
ARC Reading Challenge 2010: 93
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.