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3.4  ·  Rating details ·  1,135 Ratings  ·  261 Reviews
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 through

Kindle Edition, 225 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2010)
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Annabelle Marie Veronica
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
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. Crossing tells
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazon 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 medi
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-5
Such 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. Enthralling.

5 stars! An auspicious debut by Andrew Xia Fukuda that is heartbreaking, eloquently written, and simply astonishin
Jul 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, finished-in-2010
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
Apr 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, arc
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
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 themselv ...more
Eleni ( La Femme Readers )
My Rating: 4.5
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Crossing 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.
Christine Nguyen
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 ...more
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Born in Manhattan and raised in Hong Kong, Andrew Fukuda is half-Chinese, half-Japanese. After earning a bachelor's degree in history from Cornell University, Fukuda worked in Manhattan's Chinatown with the immigrant teen community. That experience led to the writing of Crossing, his debut novel that was selected by ALA Booklist as an Editor's Choice, Top Ten First Novel, and Top Ten Crime Novel i ...more
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