Title: Criss Cross
Author: Lynne Rae Perkins
This is a really great book about what it’s like to be 14 going on 15 – the first ideas about romance, first forays into defining oneself and others. It is interestingly placed sometime in the 1960s or 1970s, so while the general experience is probably fairly universal, modern teens could be confused by the cultural references and the freedom of movement of the characters. Also, since the time period is not defined, I was frequently “popped out” of the story by trying to figure it out. Be that as it may, this read very poetically and very truly.