Google+ Reading Teen: Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse (February 8, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1416994815
ISBN-13: 978-1416994817
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Kendall loves her life in small town Cryer¹s 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....
My thoughts:
I have only read one other book by Lisa McMann, Dead To You, which I absolutely loved. Cryer's Cross on the other hand, not so much... 
It started out great, I actually really liked the story and the characters. But about half way through I started thinking to myself, "so uh, is something going to happen now or....?" 
I read Cryer's Cross thinking it was going to be a thriller. 
It wasn't.
It was very anti-climatic. 
The "big secret" at the end was extremely lame and disappointing.
I really hate to be putting down this book like this, because I know Lisa McMann is an incredible author and I know that she is capable of writing great books, Cryer's Cross was just really disappointing. 

Another thing that stuck out to me was that it kind of made Kendall's OCD sound... super natural. Like her fact that she is OCD made her a super human or something. I kept laughing whenever I read about it. 

Immediately Kendall's OCD kicks in. Fear grips her and she can't seem to get out of the desk fast enough.

How exactly does her OCD "kick in"? Yeah, I don't know.

I felt like this book could have been SO GOOD. It was just missing something. 
The thrill maybe? 

Anyway though, the book won't keep me from reading future Lisa McMann books, because I do love her other books. 



  1. Aww, I'm sad you didn't like it! I actually liked it a lot.

  2. Abigaile,
    I just wanted to say that you are one of my favorite book bloggers. Mostly because you review a lot of books I would read or have read and I just like the way you review books. Yeah, well thats all I have to say...
    (Insert awkward exit here)
    ~Jessica(fellow book blogger)


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