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The Cresswell Plot

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  1,245 ratings  ·  382 reviews
The woods were insane in the dark, terrifying and magical at the same time. But best of all were the stars, which trumpeted their light into the misty dark.

Castella Cresswell and her five siblings—Hannan, Caspar, Mortimer, Delvive, and Jerusalem—know what it’s like to be different. For years, their world has been confined to their ramshackle family home deep in the woo
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
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C.G. Drews
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is severely messed up and I LOVE IT. I don't even usulaly like cult books?!? But I seriously adore this one so much I will fling my library copy to the wind and I'll go buy myself one. (Excuse me I'm totally kidding. There will be no flinging books. I will gently return it and then run wildly to buy myself one. #sensible)

Plus the book has like an entire CHECKLIST of things I adore. Which is very kind of it for thinking of me like this:

• big family (aka 6 kids) ✓
• complica
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘


1.5 stars. Wow. Give The Cresswell Plot a slow clap for picturing such a fanatic, disturbing and abusive family without never creating ANY emotion in me. As far as my 1 star ratings are concerned, I usually follow two patterns :

1) The book makes me rage so much that I would love burning it, but it would be evil (I may be a Slytherin and an INTJ, even I have standards, you know).

2) The book is just so fucking bad that I,
a) want to forget that I even considered it, let alone read it ;
b) regularly burst of laughing
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
You might wonder why I keep reading young adult books even though...


Because sometimes they are really, really good.

This one wasn't.


It should have been though because the synopsis sounds right up my alley. A close knit family lives off in the woods in a shack. You have six kids, Hannan, Caspar, Mortimer, Delvive, Jerusalem and Castella. They live with their 'prophet' father and mother (who can't walk because umm I think daddy pushed h
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Sarah
(Source: I was able to view a digital galley of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Group and NetGalley.)

“Keep your eyes fixed firmly on heaven. That is where we belong.”


This was quite an odd story about a group of siblings ruled by their father and his strong beliefs.

I felt quite sorry for Castella in this story because all she really wanted was to be a normal girl, and not to be held to all these strange rules by her father. She did make some less than intelligent decisions atNetGalley.)
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Erin
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: october-2018
I don't know how I feel about The Cresswell Plot. I assumed that I would know if I liked this book or not by time I finished reading it but I still don't know.

The Cresswell Plot is about Castella Cresswell, her five siblings and her very very mentally ill parents. Her father believes he receives messages from God that include such craziness as the belief that once they die they will all marry each other in heaven...Oh and apparently they're the only ones going to heaven. This family gave me Dug
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emily
May 21, 2016 rated it liked it
full review is now on my blog, BlueEyedBiblio!!
Kristina Horner
Jun 06, 2016 rated it liked it
I somewhat enjoyed this book actually, despite its many pitfalls, because most of my issues with it came right at the end. The first 3/4 of the book feels like it promises a lot of things, and compelled me to read on... but then...

The ending was extremely abrupt and I don't really understand what happened with George Gray -- and I think at some point I think this book forgot it was supposed to be a ~MyStEry~ because there were things I was very interested to find out that were... nev
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Kerri
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I didn't really write reviews at the time I read this book, but it's been almost two years since then, and I just wanted to take a moment to note that this book still pops into my head quite frequently. It was dark and strange and, while not perfect, was really compelling and has stuck with me, which I always think is a good thing.
I must make it a priority this year to read her other book as there was something about the writing that really clicked with me.

I am going to raise my rating from f
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Amber
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Castley and her family are outcasts in their small town due to their weird ways. When their abusive father decides for them to go back to heaven, Castley refuses and rebels. Can she save her family from being buried alive? Read and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good and sad read. I enjoyed this book about learning to live your own life away from family. Definitely look for this book wherever books are sold.
Laurie Flynn
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow. What a haunting, suspenseful, fascinating read. The writing is both lyrical and sparse, and was able to fully transport me in the Cresswell world, where main character Castella and her five siblings live under the oppressive reign of their father and his suffocating religious beliefs. Castley is torn between the rules she has grown up with and the only home she has ever know, and the thrilling, illicit possibility of another life, a normal one. As she starts rebelling in small ways and expl ...more
Kai Van
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
I whipped through this book. I had no intention of reading it right away when I bought it, but after casually reading the first paragraph, I was hooked.

The writing is just so good. It flows. It catches you & doesn't let go. I HAD to finish it immediately once I started.

I felt so much for the Cresswell kids. Seriously, it felt like my heart & chest were on fire for most of the book. It's not as violent as I assumed it would be, as it IS about these children & h
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Tammie
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-books
The Cresswell Plot is one dark and creepy book. I can honestly say that this is one of the most disturbing books involving family dynamics since I read The Death of Bees by Lisa O'Donnell. A relatively short book, it's a quick and interesting read. The story revolves around the Cresswell family, a family of eight that is run by a super strict and religious father. The father has absolutely no redeeming qualities and runs his household based on fear and intimidation. The story is ultimately abou ...more
rebecca ɤ
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
This was really gripping but I just wanted more. Review to come.
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
Initial Impressions 3/1/16: 3.25 - 3.75 stars | Because of a little bit of disappointment in the conclusion, rounding down to three on Goodreads
That really wasn't quite what I expected at all. It was definitely interested but it was all quite horrifying to witness what this Cresswell family went through and why. I'm still not totally sure I understand their father's motives, which is a bit sad. I was hoping for the conclusion to really dig into some more answers and more things about the past but
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Karen
Mar 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, ya
This review was done by KissinBlueKaren

The Cresswell Plot is about a “cult-like” family known for their religious beliefs and the way they live. Castella Cresswell is the main character. She has recently been sent to a public school after DCF got involved. If only they had stay involved. The Cresswells are living in their ramshackle home, without power or running water, and that home is lorded over by her father. He expects obedience and offers strict punishment to those who don’t follow rules. Some of their
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Jennifer
3.5/5 stars

The Cresswell Plot is a standalone YA contemporary book. I've seen it listed as a mystery or thriller. But to me it doesn't really fit in either of those categories.

The narrator is 17 year old Castella/Castley Cresswell (girl). She has five siblings Hannan (boy), Caspar (boy), Mortimer (boy), Delvive (girl), and Jerusalem/Baby J (girl). At first I could not tell which ones were boys and which ones were girls (since most of the names were so unusual). They are v
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Linda Bargas
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just.... WOW. Ever wonder what makes someone stay? This is a grippingly simple glimpse into those minds. (Of *course* there are ridiculous parts, but the readability of it didn't have me question too deeply.)
Aj Sterkel
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Likes: A story about weirdos in the woods? You know I’m always here for that.

So, this little book is fantastically messed up. The narrator and her five strangely named siblings live with their parents in the woods. The government has recently started forcing the Cresswell siblings to attend school, which has opened a new world to them. The siblings’ reactions to life outside the woods are realistically mixed. They want to be “normal” kids, but they don’t want to disappoint their fanaticall
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Saruuh Kelsey
There are no words for this book. It far surpasses any language. I'm not even going to attempt a full review of this book because it has left me emotional and practically speechless. Here are the points I wrote down:

- Atmospheric, real-world thriller (no fantasy or magic)
- Unsettling, upsetting, chilling
- Makes you doubt what's real, who's good or bad, if God exists in the way we know it today (as faith) or as something more (as magic)
- Realistic, easy-to-like MC. I
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Nicole
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was very intrigued by the premise of the book; however, the promise that I found in the summary and the gorgeous cover didn't deliver as much as I wanted it to. The pacing of the book was a little off; Castella, our heroine, spends most of the book feeling one way and then suddenly seems to snap and feel completely different about her entire life. Her family does the same thing: she seems to have allies in her brot
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Angela (PerpetualPages)
May 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: creepy
Pretty sure this is the strangest/creepiest book I have ever read. And I don't mean creepy in a "monster under the bed" kind of way. But creepy in a "there are seriously people in the world who think this way?" and "wow this people are brainwashed" kind of way. There were a couple of times I literally got shivers while reading this. I'm not sure this is a book for everyone, but if you like weird/creepy books, you might enjoy it.

I'll have a better review soon, but for now I just need
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Wendy
Compulsively readable. Like, I picked it up while my class was reading, and then the bell rang, and I was all, "Oh, I guess I decided we were reading all period today."

But the ending was rushed, disjointed, and unsatisfying. 3.5 stars, rounded up.
Kelly
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
What did I just read?

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through NetGalley. Trigger warning for child abuse and domestic violence.)

‘You will hide your true self. You will bury what you fear, in a locked chest in the cave of your heart, where you will keep the bones of the person you could have been.’

“It’s funny, isn’t it?” he said, chest contracting as he caught his breath. “How beautiful the world becomes when you think you might have to leave it?”

So here's the thing: I had hig/>“It’s/>‘You/>(Full
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Elizabeth Mathis
The woods were insane in the dark, terrifying and magical at the same time. But best of all were the stars, which trumpeted their light into the misty dark. 

Castella Cresswell and her five siblings—Hannan, Caspar, Mortimer, Delvive, and Jerusalem—know what it’s like to be different. For years, their world has been confined to their ramshackle family home deep in the woods of upstate New York. They abide by the strict rule of God, whose messages come directly from their father.

Slow
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Jena
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First, I loved this book! 4.5/5 glowing stars!

Readers should know going in that there are some issues that could be uncomfortable for them. This is a book about extreme religious beliefs, bordering on cult-like behavior. I honestly don’t know the rules to define a cult, so while this family doesn’t recruit new members, they have some fairly insane beliefs. There are incest issues, although nothing graphic, the idea of siblings being paired to be married in the afterlife may creep som
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Katy (Katyslibrary)
Jun 10, 2016 rated it liked it
3.25/5 stars. I don't have many words for this book other than strange and different. It becomes clear right away that this book is about a very strict, cult like, religious family. I was immediately intrigued because I sometimes hear about strict religious people who really have gone too far in what they are practicing, but I haven't read many books where that topic is the main focus. I was appalled and slightly disturbed at the things that happened with this family and what they practiced. How ...more
Laura
Jan 27, 2016 rated it liked it

3.5 Stars

The Cresswell Plot is one dark, creepy little brew! And truth be told…I’m not entirely certain how I feel about it, so I’m just going to pour out some of my “WHOA!”s and “Hell, no!”s on the page and see what happens. :)

Our story revolves around the Cresswells, a strict religious family raised in an overbearing, abusive house. From hair styles to relationships to technology. Everything is controlled and watched. Plain clothes, group prayers, scriptures and extreme punishments are al
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Kristen Kieffer
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Spoiler-free review: 4.5 / 5 stars

Ooh, guys. I loved this book. It was super dark, creepy, and featured a cult, which–strange to say–is right up my alley. It was pretty short though, so I feel like commenting on pretty much anything about it would qualify as a spoiler. But I will address the biggest critique I've seen in reviews:

The emotional connection.

So a lot of people have said that they've been freaked out about the lack of emotion they felt in the narrative. After
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Luupi "The Reading Queen"
Well, I'm going to start this review by talking about the things I liked because they are the minority.

First, I liked the evolution of the main character, Castella, throughout the book. It was enjoyable to see how she slowly changed her mind about certain things, it felt real from my point of view. However, I didn't get why she was so obsessed with sex, like that was the only thing she was thinking about for at least five chapters. If I was in her shoes, sex would be the last thing I would think about.

Another thing that I
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Christy
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Raise your hand if you read a ton of VC Andrews in middle and high school? Don't even play - I saw all y'all reading those mass market paperbacks from the library under the covers at night! It's been a while since I read that level of crazy, so it only makes sense that I couldn't stop reading the insanity that is The Cresswell Plot. Before we get too far, remember, this is the book that bloggers got buried in a box of dirt.

Ok, we've established that this book is going to be a little
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