Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann - Paul's Review

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Title: Cryer's Cross
Author: Lisa McMann
Year Published: 2011

Synopsis: Kendall loves her life in small town Cryer's Cross, Montana, but she also longs for something more. She knows the chances of going to school in New York are small, but she's not the type to give up easily. Even though it will mean leaving Nico, the world's sweetest boyfriend, behind.

But when Cryer's Cross is rocked by unspeakable tragedy, Kendall shoves her dreams aside and focuses on just one goal: help find her missing friends. Even if it means spending time with the one boy she shouldn't get close to... the one boy who makes her question everything she feels for Nico.

Determined to help and to stay true to the boy she's always loved, Kendall keeps up the search--and stumbles upon some frightening local history. She knows she can't stop digging, but Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried....

Review: The whole time while reading this I was wondering whether the story was supernatural/paranormal or not. It wasn't made clear and I had questions and theories in my head that could take place in both the real world and a paranormal/supernatural world. 

Like many of McMann's books this was a fun and easy read, but there was little substance or emotional attachment. It was very predictable. The town and its residents were interesting though. I liked how McMann gave a history to this town. 

The protagonist has OCD. I thought seeing the world through her eyes was really interesting, but it could have been written better. I think it would have been more impactful if Mcmann had showed more and blatantly told less. I wanted to see her compulsions push her instead of being told that OCD was making her do something. 

I give this novel a 3/5. I would suggest it to a middle grade audience looking for a fun thriller with supernatural/paranormal elements. 


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