Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins was originally published in 2005. It fits into the juvenile fiction genre and is recommended for readers ages 10 and up.
Finally there is a Newbery Medal winner that actually deserves the award. So often when I read them I wonder but Criss Cross has it all. This realistic and hilarious novel not only captured my attention it made me remember all the joys and frustrations of being a teen. The story follows the lives of several teens in a town called Seldem. Mostly we learn about their desire for boyfriends and girlfriends and their oblivion to the possibilities before them. The laugh-out-loud anecdotes not only brought the characters to life but also told me how they think and what they struggle with. The book was also filled with illustrations by the author every once in a while that were interesting, enlightening, or just funny. Over all it was a great book and I would recommended it to anyone and everyone.