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Cryer's Cross
Lisa McMann
Teen Fiction MCMANN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In this ghost story, McCann (the Wake trilogy) delivers an atmospheric but unsatisfying tale of smalltown horror. Kendall Fletcher, a soccer player with obsessive-compulsive disorder who dreams of performing on Broadway, is determined to escape her tiny hometown of Cryer's Cross, Mont., by getting into Juilliard. When her best friend, Nico, is the second student to vanish mysteriously in recent months, it throws Kendall's ordered life into disarray. Soon, enigmatic daydreams and clues lead her to believe that Nico is the latest victim of a supernatural mystery, and she may be the next target. A handsome but surly newcomer, Jacian, may be the key to surviving whatever is preying on the teens of Cryer's Cross. While the remote, rural setting is laden with potential (the one-room high school has only 24 students) and the constant whirring of Kendall's OCD-afflicted mind adds an interesting dimension, the elements never completely gel. McMann handles the buildup of the story's tension well, but her resolution feels quick and easy, and even bloody final revelations can't mitigate a premise that's far more silly than spooky. Ages 14-up. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

This latest offering by McMann (the "Wake Trilogy") features Kendall Fletcher, a senior dealing with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), who's spooked by the strange disappearance of two classmates in her one-room Montana high school. One of the missing was Nico, her boyfriend and confidante since childhood, who sat next to her at a 50-year-old desk she comes to think is possessed. A budding romance with a new student helps Kendall keep her equilibrium for a while, until she begins to unravel. Verdict Julia Whelan reads McMann's staccato sentences clearly and brings Kendall to life as a sensible teenager plunged into a bizarre situation. While McMann builds the suspense and provides a convincing characterization of Kendall, her OCD coping strategies, and her life on the family farm, the story unexpectedly veers off into the supernatural, making the ending feel contrived. McMann's young adult fans may be disappointed this time. [The Simon Pulse pb will publish in December.-Ed.]-Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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