Cryer's Cross is most successful when focused on the inner thoughts of Kendall Fletcher, a young Montana teen who happens to be afflicted with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Kendall's OCD fuels many of the insecurities surrounding her college goals, boyfriend troubles, and general desires to fit in, but they can also direct aspirations where Kendall can focus on activities that cleanse her mind of fixations: she's an excellent soccer player, a dedicated friend, and an able dancer. As Kendall's romantic life takes on a complications, readers find her engaging and sincere, and her romantic interest feels natural, genuine, and heartfelt.Where the novel feels less compelling is in the introduction of the story's darker plot. Ominous interludes designed to heighten the story's tension are more opaque than mysterious, and come so often between chapters that their impenetrable mystery pulls the reader from what is otherwise a very real and human romance. Still, the story's close is effective, and Kendall is a compelling figure who will hopefully reappear soon.