10 June 2010
This is not a book for every reader. If you like a lot of action or mystery, you will not find it here. There is no fantasy or science fiction. It takes place in the 1970s, but there is not enough to classify it as historical fiction. However, if you are worried that a book that follows a couple teenagers around for a summer can't hold your interest (you are living it after all), it works hard to keep the pace up. This book is realistic fiction to its core, and that endorsement will hold its own value for many readers. As the title suggests, the plot line criss-crosses between each of the characters and back again; they each get their own chance at the limelight. The writing style switches it up every now again, too, criss-crossing between styles. Just frequently enough to keep you on your toes, you will encounter a chapter presented like a script; or perhaps in a question and answer format; there is even a chapter of haikus.
Here is my haiku in honor of Criss Cross:
More exciting than they seem
Fun at every turn.
(c) 2005 Publisher: Greenwillow Books Number of Pages: 337 Awards: Newberry Medal Winner