Title: Criss Cross
Author: Lynne Rae Perkins
Author’s Webpage: http://lynnerae.com/
Learn about the author: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECd88PFc5-k&feature=related
ISBN #: 978-0-06-009274-0
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Recommended Audience: Middle School and High School
Criss Cross is a thrilled coming of age novel that appeals to adolescents. Perkins captures the bliss of childhood innocence in an unusual fashion. Throughout the novel, the style of writing changes in between chapters refocusing the readers attention to the story line. The story follows five adolescents as the school year closes and the promising summer vacation begins. Each teenagers journey intersects with another in a surprising turn of events as they come into their own element.
Hector, an awkward lanky young man, finds his confidence through music. Guitar becomes his way of expressing his feelings about life and his secret love of Meadow, the eye candy in his guitar class. Even though Meadow is too infatuated with Dan, the heroic idiotic football star, to notice. His older sister Rowanne is the beauty of the family with her undeniable charm. She supports her brother in his search to find the man inside by taking him the local coffeehouse where he finds his passion for guitar. Eventually Hector becomes the man of mystery behind the guitar.
Hector, Phil, Lenny, and Debbie become the dynamic clan of the neighborhood. Debbie shows her independence from her mother’s ancient ways by changing clothes in the rhododendrons with her partner in crime Chrisanne before school each day. Her kind hearted nature leads her in the direction of findings her first love, Peter, before he moves back to California. All of the characters are forever changed through their summer journey crossing into adult territory.