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Crossing A loner in his all white high school Chinese born Xing pronounced Shing is a wallflower longing for acceptance His isolation is intensified by his increasingly awkward and undeniable crush on his onl

  • Title: Crossing
  • Author: Andrew Fukuda
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  • Page: 238
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  • A loner in his all white high school, Chinese born Xing pronounced Shing is a wallflower longing for acceptance His isolation is intensified by his increasingly awkward and undeniable crush on his only friend, the beautiful and brilliant Naomi Lee.Xing s quiet adolescent existence is rattled when a series of disappearances rock his high school and fear ripples throughA loner in his all white high school, Chinese born Xing pronounced Shing is a wallflower longing for acceptance His isolation is intensified by his increasingly awkward and undeniable crush on his only friend, the beautiful and brilliant Naomi Lee.Xing s quiet adolescent existence is rattled when a series of disappearances rock his high school and fear ripples through the blue collar community in which he lives.Amidst the chaos surrounding him, only Xing, alone on the sidelines of life, takes notice of some peculiar sightings around town He begins to investigate with the hope that if he can help put an end to the disappearances, he will finally win the acceptance for which he has longed However, as Xing draws closer to unveiling the identity of the abductor, he senses a noose of suspicion tightening around his own neck.While Xing races to solve the mystery and clear his name, Crossing hurtles readers towards a chilling climax.

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    1. Annabelle Marie Veronica on said:

      Oh my God.I couldn't breathe for about two hours after reading this book.Why, you ask? I was sobbing.It was so, so, so depressing! I'm not going to lie. I cried like a book has never before made me cry.In Crossing, author Andrew Xia Fukuda artfully explores racism, particualrly against Asians. The main character, Xing Xu, also called Kris, has such a desperate, relatable, beautiful voice that I was powerless to resist. I was pulled into his world until I could feel everything he felt.Crossing is [...]

    2. Natalie on said:

      Crossing was one of those books that I probably wouldn’t have picked up on my own. However, when I was given the chance to receive a review copy of the book, I thought the premise sounded interesting en0ugh, so I accepted. I’m definitely glad I did.Crossing could be classified as a young adult novel, but it’s universal enough that adults would probably find it interesting as well. Its message is both true and heartbreaking—but I think it’s one that more people need to be aware of. Cros [...]

    3. Liviania on said:

      has managed to piss a lot of publishers off recently - the delisting of Macmillan, for example. Not exactly an auspicious start for its foray into publishing. But if CROSSING is an indication of the quality of books they intend to publish, that is an auspicious start.Andrew Xia Fukuda writes with authority. One of the major problems with small press books is the quality of the writing and editing. But Fukuda's grammar is good and his control of language is strong. CROSSING moves from meditative [...]

    4. Matthew on said:

      REVIEW NUMBER TWO: JUNE 18TH 2016Such a good book. Andrew Xia Fukuda writes a brilliantly unputdownable tale of racism, murder and the school play. Comes highly recommended, if a little worse than it was first time around. Still absolutely abhor the ending to this, though, but also respect it in the way we knew it had to end like this. EnthrallingVIEW NUMBER ONE:FEBRUARY 4TH 2014 5 stars! An auspicious debut by Andrew Xia Fukuda that is heartbreaking, eloquently written, and simply astonishing. [...]

    5. Ken on said:

      Ah, yes, the unreliable narrator. Remember that lesson in English class some decade or other ago? Andrew Xia Fukuda does, and he ponies it out in a big way for CROSSING, his debut YA novel that features your typical angry young (Chinese) man in your typical clueless and cruel (American) high school.Xing Xu is called "Kris" here in the States and he attends a school Fukuda chooses to name "Slackenkill High School" (Dear Andrew: What WERE you thinking?). Xing is secretly in love with the only othe [...]

    6. Lawral on said:

      There are some books that you stay up all night reading because you just have to know what happens. Then there are books that you stay up all night reading because you really don't want to turn off the lights. Crossing falls gracefully into both categories.The whole story, the story behind the disappearances, is told by Kris. We see his classmates, his one friend, the town, through his eyes. Kris kind of goes through the motions of his life, the ultimate observer. It isn't until he starts singin [...]

    7. April on said:

      WHAT JUST HAPPENED. Disturbing, haunting, chilling on so many levels. WTF, I have so many mixed feelings. Supposedly the author worked with Chinese teen immigrants in New York, which inspired this novel--I'll tell you, when he writes about the racism and xenophobia against Chinese people in the U.S God, it just makes me sick because I know it's real. There's a sense of futility, of desperation--that white Americans will always rely on paranoia rather than the truth in order to protect themselves [...]

    8. Eleni ( La Femme Readers ) on said:

      My Rating: 4.5La Femme Readers BlogCrossing was an inspiring, powerful, and original novel. I am in awe of Andrew's detailed writing and creative plot. This is definitely a YA book that tackles important issues such as stereotypes, bullying and race. Xing a.k.a. Kris was a clever, misunderstood teenager. Being the second Asian in his school was challenging. However, he did have his best friend Naomi to depend on. Xing had an accent while Naomi was more Americanized and respected among her peers. [...]

    9. Christine Nguyen on said:

      Cliche enough, but "you've got to read this!" The author, Andrew Xia Fukuda has proven to be great at writing; not surprising when he grew up being raised by university professors who emphasized the importance of reading each day. Reading The crossing for me wasn't necessarily about how good the storyline was. Throughout this book, I've realized that it served more purpose to the average teenager than I would have thought. Fukuda's character choice was very interesting. He had Xing who was rarel [...]

    10. Jenni on said:

      This novel immediately pulled me in and kept me reading to the end. It is skillfully written with layers of meaning, theme, and story. I felt the quality of writing was good, some of the descriptions were beautifully handled and left me feeling like I'd consumed a fine wine, rich with delicate prose. The thriller elements kept me reading, eager to know what would happen next.Americans like happy endings, and I see in a lot of the reviews that people were not happy with this one. As someone who s [...]

    11. Ash Rocketship on said:

      Some good writing, some great writing, some repetitive writing. Some really good, raw emotional stuff. Nice place-making. I didn't love it, but it was definitely worth the read.

    12. Brooke on said:

      This book is a unexpected treasure. A jewel tucked away behind the thick curtains of obscurity. In short, it's amazing. Let me start by saying that this is not a "happy" book. This is a powerful book. As someone who has worked with Chinese immigrants (and even married into that culture), this book tells the powerful story of the dream so many immigrants hold when coming to America. A dream of acceptance, success, and prosperity. A dream of equality. A dream which, for the lucky ones, becomes a c [...]

    13. Jenny / Wondrous Reads on said:

      Crossing is a debut novel that deals with a multitude of themes and issues, and I don't know what to start with first. It's a contemporary social commentary on high schools and their students, as well as a chilling whodunnit crime thriller that literally made me shudder. Newspaper clippings and news items are interspersed throughout the novel, which makes it that much more realistic, and I really enjoyed that extra look into the events unfolding.Xing is a loner in school. He's quiet, reserved, a [...]

    14. Miwa on said:

      I don't know how I came across this book, but I am glad that I read it. It's about a Chinese teenager not fitting in with his mostly non-Asian classmates. He is perceived as a troublemaker when he is really just an introvert trying to fit into his school surroundings. I thought the author's inspiration was interesting and insightful - I've copied it from and pasted it below.--------------------------------------------------------Andrew Fukuda: I worked for a few years with immigrant teens in Ma [...]

    15. Ashlee on said:

      Overall, I thought this book was fantastic. I love books about mysteries and this was one that had me pondering throughout the whole book. Fukuda did a great job on elaborating many of the different settings and gave visual images. He carefully portrayed what kind of character Xing was and demonstrated all the various perspectives on situations that were going on in the main character's head. The author himself was one who actually grew up in New York and moved to America from his home foreign c [...]

    16. Alexis on said:

      I could really relate to Xing. We all feel like we are on the outside at times, and society is completely against us. Xing rises against the stereotypes that are forced upon him because of the way he appears. He remains silent of his suspicions even though he himself is suspected of committing the crimes, but even if he did who would listen? Through the story he develops a crush on his only friend, this helps everyone relate to his character, we have all had a crush at one time or another and di [...]

    17. Traci on said:

      I waited a few days after reading this because sometimes when I don't particularly like a book, I give myself some time to think about it and I end up changing my mind about the book. That didn't happen with this book.I gave this two stars because parts of it I thought were good. The whole story line with the singing I thought was very well done. However, So many aspects made absolutely no sense. In particular, the ending just seemed to be thrown together and tried to tie everything up. Unfortun [...]

    18. Beverly on said:

      Man, what a stinker! This may be the most awkwardly written book I've ever read. ESL is written all over it. Never mind that Ha Jin, whose first language was Chinese, is one of the best writers of English in the world. This guy doesn't have that kind of talent or almost any talent except maybe for persistence. The story, a xenophobic fantasy, is as ridiculous as the language. What I don't understand though is publishers' marketing. If this had to be published at all it should have been as YA. I [...]

    19. Joella Tunnell on said:

      Xing Xu is one of two Chinese students in an all white high school. The other is Naomi Lee who finds it easier to get along in a white world than he does, and is the only one who understands his loneliness and frustrations. When a series of abductions of students takes place he is able to see and hear things others do not because he is virtually invisible and ignored by those around him. He solves the mystery of who is responsible for the abductions, and is a hero for a minute, but things change [...]

    20. Emily Cullen on said:

      I read this thriller in one day! HIgh school freshman Xing Xu is one of two Asian students in his school and is an outcast. When students start disappearing and being found dead, Xing's invisibility makes him perfect to investigate. The ending will have you thinking about this book for a long time. Highly recommended!

    21. Julie Schoerke on said:

      This is one of the best books I've read in years and the first book in four years that I've read in one sitting - barely moving a muscle. It's rich in character development and themes -- high school challenges, Chinese/American relations -- as well as a murder mystery with twists I didn't seen coming. Plenty of pre-publicity buzz about this book and I know why!

    22. Ena Mann on said:

      Enthralling readThis book kept me enthralled and I could not put it down. I don't want to give away anything about the story but the characters were often slightly mysterious in a way that gave almost an impression of being able to read minds or to Influence future events. I will be following this author with interest.

    23. Stephen on said:

      enjoyed this one; still wondering about what Fukuda will come up with after the hunt trilogyill not sure how i feel about amazon as a publishing imprint; the recent kerfluffle with hatchet makes me wonder if i should quit amazon completely

    24. Pixie/PageTurners(Amber) C. on said:

      I will write up a review in a few days - this is one story that will stick with you. I finished it a few days ago, but still can not wrap my mind around the ending.

    25. Stacy Goodworth on said:

      UghI hate a book that leaves me feeling angry at the unjust ending. Life may not have nice round endings, but that doesn't mean I want to read about them. It was well written, however, just a terrible ending.

    26. Ashleigh on said:

      I’ll admit that I was excited to read this book. When I read that Crossing was a murder mystery with a number of other themes thrown in, I was hooked. One of my favorite genres to read is mysteries, but I was not expecting this book to deal with racism, prejudice, abuse, isolation, and the problems that they cause. Upon completion of Crossing by Andrew Xia Fukuda, I have mixed feelings toward the book. I feel as though there are both positive and negative qualities about it, and I ultimately [...]

    27. Carly on said:

      Have you ever been discriminated against? For any reason at all? What if you were targeted just because of the color of your skin? Or where you are from? If you have been a victim of this, you know what a terrible feeling it can create. In Crossing by Andrew Xia Fukdua the reader follows a tale told by main character Xing Xu, a Chinese- American student living in New York City. He is one of only two Chinese students at his high school. The other being his best friend, Naomi Lee. Xing usually liv [...]

    28. Kari on said:

      Complex and reverberating, Crossing pulls together several seemingly unrelated elements and weaves them together to create a complex and engaging tale. With intelligent writing, a unique main character and a “who done it” premise, Fukuda has put a memorable spin on both bullying and murder mysteries. A phenomenal world has been built, central to the main character, cataloging the struggles that happen in the present day for a teenage boy who has immigrated from China to the United States . A [...]

    29. Michelle on said:

      In a school packed with white faces only, Chinese immigrant Xing (pronounced Shing) but called Kris, knows what it is to be on the outside looking in. Ever since he came with his father and mother to the Land of Opportunity he's found himself shunned because of his accent, because his Oriental looks, and because of his parent's low income. The only bright spot in Xing's endless sea of despair lies in the refuge of his best friend Naomi, also a Chinese immigrant, who from day one relied upon Xing [...]

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