Today, I'm posting my original review of Crossing by Andrew Xia Fukuda. It's a little brief, so I'll add some commentary at the end. It's a thriller, so I felt like I couldn't really reveal anything in the review. Here's what I originally wrote right after finishing the book:
There are only a few things I can say about this book without ruining it, but here are the few things I will say.
1) OMFG!!! And that means a lot, coming from me because I rarely swear. You totally got me, Mr. Fukuda. Hats off to you!
2) A murder mystery with a laser beam focus on race and racism. If you read it, be prepared to have your heart ripped out at the end.
3) READ IT!!
Ok, I realize that's not much to go on, so let me tell you a little more. I think it's clear Mr. Fukuda wrote this book in response to the Virginia Tech shooting. If you recall, the shooter was an Asian-American man, and severely disturbed. Fukuda's book illuminates for the reader how such a thing may have happened with a murder mystery plot centered on an Asian immigrant high school student. He makes you care deeply for the character and then something terrible happens. It is not a happy book, but it's an honest look at the ugly side of racism and mental illness in America. I think if you are interested in multicultural fiction, this book shouldn't be missed.