Perkins, Lynne Rae. Criss Cross.

Author:Marler, Myrna
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

PERKINS, Lynne Rae. Criss Cross. HarperCollins, Greenwillow. 352p. illus, c2005.0-06-009272-6, $15.99. JS*

This quirky, delightful novel ambles, meanders, and strolls its way towards a plot. Told in a series of short vignettes (38 in all), the story centers on a group of 14-year-old neighbors and friends finding their way to adulthood. Their stories meet, crisscross, diverge, and then come back together again over the course of a summer. On Saturdays, the teenagers get together in Lenny's father's truck to listen to a radio show. Lenny teaches Debbie to drive a stick shift in his driveway. Hector learns to play the guitar in a church basement and tries to impress a beautiful girl he meets there. An older sister offers wise advice though she, too, is still feeling her way. Patty and Debbie discuss the merits of Nancy Drew in the middle of the night. Debbie wants something wonderful to happen. Dan, a handsome football player, veers between turning into a decent human being or a shallow, charming egomaniac. All of them are asking how they fit in the universe, whether they are controlled by...

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