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Crossing [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Xia Fukuda
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Book Description

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 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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Born in Manhattan and raised in Hong Kong, Andrew Fukuda is half-Chinese, half- Japanese. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Cornell University and went on to work in Manhattan’s Chinatown with immigrant teenagers for a number of years, an experience that led to the genesis of Crossing. He currently resides on Long Island, New York, with his wife and two sons.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly believable, ultimately harrowing. 9 Feb. 2013
By Ann C
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This book is ostensibly a whodunnit, but in reality it deals with deep issues such as racism, betrayal, and the superficiality in ordinary human nature. Although told in the voice of a young Chinese immigrant to America, it is not a book targetting the young person's market. It is beautifully and brilliantly written, the story is well plotted, and the character of Xing is sympathetically portrayed. The very dark ending is not at all what I was expecting. I will look out for more books by this extremely talented author.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you wondering... 3 Mar. 2011
By MisterHobgoblin TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Crossing is an intriguing and taut little novel.

Xing Xu is one of only two Chinese pupils in an otherwise white school. The other one, Naomi Lee, has a nicely camouflaged name, is pretty and has an excellent grasp of English. By contrast, Xing is male, gauche and withdrawn. His father is dead and he barely sees his mother. Already an outsider, he alienates himself further with his attitude.

The result is that most people Xing meets are not very nice to him. He is bullied, tormented and finds himself slowly eclipsed by Naomi as she, a more recent immigrant, successfully integrates herself in the school's social network. Meanwhile, misery loves company and Jan, a strange new girl finds herself seeking solace with Xing as she, too, receives the school's cold shoulder.

Xing presents a wry narration, exposing both the shallowness of others' lives and also gives an insight into his own deeper thoughts. We find an intelligent, witty, likeable man battling heroically, stoically against the odds. Xing refuses to compromise his integrity just to fit in with others whose company he has never actually desired. He is not envious, just disdainful.

Then two things start to happen. Pupils from the school start to disappear, some of them later found to have been murdered. Meanwhile, Xing finds himself taken under the wing of the slightly forbidding music teacher and groomed for the lead role in the school's musical. This appears to offer Xing the opportunity at last for acceptance; a talent that he can display. A talent that can make his mother proud; which might even win the heart of Naomi Lee. Most of all, a talent that he inherited from his late father whose time on earth seems otherwise to have been without achievement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing. A really good book 18 Sept. 2014
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Nothing to fault in this book. Finished it quickly because I just wanted to keep reading it. I normally don't enjoy reading books on my travels to and from work on the bus as I like to read in the undisturbed comfort of my home but this went everywhere with me so I could keep reading. Sets a really good mood. Each and every word adds to the story. There are no unnecessary sub plots to pad the book out. The plot is good, the writing is fluent, the handling of the topic of racism and stereotyping is very well done. Only good things to say. Thank you Andrew for writing this.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great talent 17 Feb. 2011
Andrew Fukuda looks to be an emerging talent. I thoroughly enjoyed this book chronicling the trials and tribulations of Xing Xu - a Chinese freshman in an American High School. As Xing gets drawn ever closer into a series of abductions (police "baffled" as usual) the story takes on an increased intensity and Xing takes on a central role in the story. I love the way the culture clash angle is woven into this: it gives a nice edge to the story, and leads to a genuinely unexpected ending. Excruciating in places, but exciting throughout. This is a great read. Look forward to more from the author.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing story, a compelling read 8 Aug. 2010
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This is a Amazon Encore Book, a new program for emerging authors, and since the beginning is a compelling novel written in first person from the perspective of Xing Xu, one of only two Chinese american students in a local all white high school.

The plot is quite a common one in this genre, a series of disappearances and murders are happening in a small town, and the victims are all high school students, but what makes the book so unsual is Xing. Xing the chinese boy, always the outsider, who notices more than others: Who is the person in the red jacket ?? Where are the bodies of the boys? Who will be next? Who is Jan, Jan who lives out in the woods ?

Great stories are great because of the story itself and because of the characters. Xing is a great character and the story is a great story that goes beyond the mistery plot, painting a paintful and accurate portrait of loneliness, stereotyping, racial profiling, humiliation, resignation, acceptance, terror, love, friendship and anger.

The plot twists are astounding and soon you start to wonder who is being decived and who is doing the deceiving, and the ending will haunt you long ago after you finish the book, making you gasping and rethinking the entire story.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Bag 2 Sept. 2013
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This book had me from the start. It was intriguing and well paced and I suppose what could be termed as a 'page turner'.
However, just as the plot was reaching it's climax it morphed into something completely different and seemed to lose it's way.
The plot resolution just, well, lost the plot!
It was silly and seemed half hearted and as if he couldn't think of anything better.
It's a pity because I thought the actual writing was very good. I do hope he writes more and puts a bit more thought into the story as a cohesive entity.
Then we should have something substantial from this very promising writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent product exactly as described and received in good time, well packaged
Published 2 months ago by Mr. G. E. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Tense, taught and utterly believable. I loved it.
This was one of the most moving books I have read for many months. Xing, the main character is portrayed with thought and care and is utterly believable. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anna Shaw
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Michael Berry
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, troubling, but flawed debut novel
Having emigrated to the United States from China as a young boy, narrator Xing has always been an outsider. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Fooster69
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping!
At first it seemed slow. Then I felt pulled in, and felt for the character. Don't want to spoil it but I was guessing to the end. Great read !
Published 3 months ago by Thomas McCallion
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great story. Very clever and scary.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
an interesting read
Published 4 months ago by mrs j.a.lee
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Good stor a little different which is a nice change.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs Linda Gardner
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I assumed, from the standard of writing, that the author was an adolescent, in fact he is an adult. I bought this based on other customer reviews but ended up being very... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lovetoread
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great gripping story, ending left me a bit flat though
Published 6 months ago by Ruth
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