Criss Cross

Criss Cross

Book - 2005
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Teenagers in a small town in the 1960s experience new thoughts and feelings, question their identities, connect, and disconnect as they search for the meaning of life and love.
Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, c2005
ISBN: 9780060092726
9780060092733
0060092734
0060092726
Branch Call Number: PER
Characteristics: 337 p

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marthabwaters
May 14, 2015

This book isn't for everyone, but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Not much happens, to the point that it feels like stream-of-consciousness at times, so I can totally understand why a lot of people might not enjoy this, but I really did. The characters were well-developed through a series of carefully chosen, perfectly executed small moments, and they felt so real to me--Perkins grasps what it is to be a teenager better than most YA authors writing today. (Not a shot at the genre, but merely a compliment for this author.) I can't say I am crazy in love with this book because, you know, not much plot -- but I appreciate how well-executed it is.

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SilverSparrow
May 20, 2013

I love this book. Its so perfect to read during the summer :).
There are so many fantastic quotes and so many relatable parts. I love how I can totally understand the characters. I love how it makes me want to do things like change in a bush, play my ukulele more, meet new people, etc. Personally, I love how it's kind of plotless (for the first 3/4 anyway. Then it's a tiny bit slow, and then picks up again). Also, I love how characters are described by different people- it's interesting how the person's views and others' views of that person are similar and different...
awesome :)

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StaceyLB
Mar 31, 2013

I recommend this book for middle school readers simply because this book touches on subjects that these readers are going through and may have questions about. This is a very interesting read and it brings out emotions, allowing the reader to understand how they connect with the text, making the reading even better. The reason I recommend it regarding the subjects that it touches on is because the text does not go too in depth about the situations teenagers may face giving parents the opportunity to explain and talk with their children about those same topics, but in depth as they would like to. We all have different outlooks regarding certain situations and this book only helps introduce them.

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CourtneyHendon
Mar 10, 2013

Criss Cross is a story about a group of teenagers and the adults around them. The book is mainly about two main characters Debbie and Hector whose lives intertwine as the enter adulthood. The book is about them wondering about the possibilities they have in their lives, what they could become, and the life changing moments before them and yet to come. I recommend this book to all because it talks about the small/little moments that lead to big things and eventually shape their lives forever. I love this book, and I think it puts things into focus for young adults, and can relate to a lot of young readers.

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Nancy J Mata
Feb 10, 2013

I recommend this book for teenagers because it portraits the feelings and discoveries that we all have during our teenage. The story revolves by friends hanging out, talk, listening to radio station, to a very peculiar show name Criss Cross. Hector is one of the main characters in this story. He attended a Coffee Shop-Music Show and learned that through music, he could get the admiration of the opposite sex. Debbie is a dreamer with logic. She wishes of things to happen but always takes in consideration the consequences. Also, she has discovered that boys are more attentive with her. This book has no plot. It is easy to lost track of the characters if attention is not given. The story develops slowly and I wish the author would have followed the characters progression in more detail. For example, in one chapter, Hector had his first music lesson. On the following chapter, Hector already knows how to play a song with guitar.

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BradyRhys
Feb 07, 2013

I was looking for more excitement but in the end I enjoyed reading this book because of the simplicity it had. It brought me back to the days when I was a child and I spent the summer time growing up and learning new things. It is a good book for those who like reading but I feel it would be a little hard to get those students who do not like reading to read it.

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broadarm
Nov 06, 2012

I loved this book. The characters thoughts and interactions were so interesting, yet believable. The pictures scattered throughout added to the story without distracting. A well deserved Newberry Award.

AddieRae Feb 08, 2012

This is an excellent book. It celebrates the simple joy of summertime, summer love, being young & being alive.

Halfbloodprincess Jun 16, 2011

This book is good for a relaxing vacation read.

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StaceyLB
Mar 31, 2013

StaceyLB thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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CourtneyHendon
Mar 10, 2013

CourtneyHendon thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 18

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Nancy J Mata
Feb 10, 2013

Nancy J Mata thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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BradyRhys
Feb 07, 2013

BradyRhys thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 12

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29090010291704DL
Dec 25, 2012

29090010291704DL thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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zzingler
Jul 04, 2012

zzingler thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

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SilverSparrow
May 20, 2013

Criss Cross is about several teenagers; summer in a small town. It doesn't have a distinct plot- instead Criss Cross is more realistic- it is simply the story of a realistic summer. Through this summer, the teens discover who they are in their own way as they go about their lives, doing new things and dwelling in the familiar.

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StaceyLB
Mar 31, 2013

There are different teenagers who are encountering new and different situations that are all helping them figure out who they are.

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CourtneyHendon
Mar 10, 2013

This book is about two main characters Debbie and Hector. Their lives are full of trials and tribulations, and the book is about how they deal with certain situations, and the wishes they make as they enter adulthood.

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BradyRhys
Feb 07, 2013

This book follows the lives of Debbie, Hector, and Lenny. They are three small town teens spending their summer listening to music, wondering about themselves, growing up, meeting new people, and understanding things that they did not before. There is a lot of detail in each one of their stories but not much of a plot seems to appear. It is basically talking about their lives and what happened during their summer off.

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StaceyLB
Mar 31, 2013

"It was a relief to shift her thoughts away from boys and what happened when she tried to talk to one of them."

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CourtneyHendon
Mar 10, 2013

"The trouble with being too careful about your wishes, though, was that you could end up with a wish so shapeless that it could come true and you wouldn't even know it, or it wouldn't matter."

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Nancy J Mata
Feb 10, 2013

“A life force that seeped in, through, and under the music, like God in the Communion wafer”.

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BradyRhys
Feb 07, 2013

"She wished something would happen."

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