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Crossing [Audiobook] [MP3 CD]

Andrew Xia Fukuda , Luke Daniels
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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4 Dec 2012
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.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; MP3 Una edition (4 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1469242311
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469242316
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,869,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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32 of 35 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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20 of 22 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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15 of 17 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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Bag 2 Sep 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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14 of 17 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Felt a bit let-down after the hyped reviews 1 Feb 2014
By sy
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The premise of the school outsider was good, but I felt that the execution of the story didn't live up to my expectations after reading other reviews.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars difficult 8 Jan 2014
By ginger
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I found it hard to stay focussed on the story line and at the end felt a relief that I had finished. To me that is the sign of a book that is missing something
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More to it than you think 17 Feb 2011
By Rosslock VINE VOICE
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For a first attempt this is a very good book. The story is very much told from the main protagonists viewpoint, Xing the son of Chinese immigrants. A lot of focus from previous reviewers has focussed on the serial killer element and the was it/wasn't it him question. And yes, you are left wondering at the end although on the surface the author seems to make it quite clear. But,we can never be sure that the information we have (from Xing directly) is trustworthy, and therfore can we reach the right conclusion? Very clever.
BUT, what I think has been overlooked by a lot of reviewers is that this book is about more than that. Underneath it all there is a story about a Chinese immigrant family chasing the american dream - and failing miserably. Its about the family relationship, about love won and lost. The last pages I found particularly profound, because it explains a lot about why Xing is so angry, and the loss (and guilt) he feels about his fathers death and his estrangement from his mother.
A painting is mentioned in this book, and Xing is encouraged to see beyond the obvious and look at the painting within the painting. I am sure the author has meant this as a clue for us, the reader, to look at the story within the story. Which is a very moving story indeed.
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Crossing was a good read. I thought it did have you wondering from the beginning, which is what you want from a mystery.
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