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Publisher's Note:  

Debbie is wishing something would happen. Something good. To her. Soon. In the meantime, Debbie loses a necklace and finds a necklace (and boy does the necklace have a story to tell), she goes jeans shopping with her mother (an accomplishment in diplomacy), she learns to drive shift in a truck (illegally), she saves a life (directly connected to being able to drive, thus proving something), she takes a bus ride to another town (in order to understand what it feels like to be from "elsewhere"), she meets a boy (who truly is from "elsewhere"), but mostly she hangs out with her friends: Patty, Hector, Lenny, and Phil. Their paths cross. Their stories crisscross. And in Lynne Rae Perkins's remarkable book, a girl and her wish grow up. Illustrated throughout with black–and–white pictures, comics, and photographs by the author.



Criss Cross

by Lynn Rae Perkins

Review Date:
06/24/2012

Recommended Age:
14+

Overall Rating:
****1/2

Profanity / Language Rating:
***

Violence / Gore Rating:

Sex / Nudity Rating:
*

Overall Review:  

Criss Cross tells the story of a group of young teenagers, each of them trying to discover their own voice. The story unfolds slowly, comprised of little things—a guitar lesson, a bus ride, a firefly-dotted midsummer night—all told in dreamy, sometimes funny, sometimes poetic language. Perkins does a terrific job of capturing the emotions of the early teenage years—awkwardness, confusion, anticipation, and the hope that something exciting is just around the corner. I found myself remembering what it was like to be fourteen, and enjoyed losing myself for awhile in the minds of the characters. Although this isn't a book where much "happens," it's definitely recommended for teens and adults who enjoy thoughtful, lyrical writing.


Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language: 2 religious exclamations; 2 mild profanities; 1 scatalogical term; 1 anatomical term.

 

Violence/Gore:

***

 

Sex/Nudity: Characters flirt. Teenagers have crushes on other teens.



Mature Subject Matter:  

Growing up.



Alcohol / Drug Use:  

A mention is made of empty alcohol bottles and used cigarettes. A reference is made to "controlled substances." A girl thinks in passing about the fact that her father smokes. A teenager uses chewing tobacoo.



Reviewed By CindyB
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