What is the climax of the novel Criss Cross?

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Many readers may have trouble finding the climax in Lynne Rae Perkins' novel Criss Cross because the novel contains no true climax.

The novel is set in the 1970's and tells of a summer where the multiple teenage characters are on a quest to find themselves. Like the typical teenage life, much happens and, at the same time, not much happens. The novel follows many different characters (Debbie, Hector, Phil, Lennie and Patty). The novel "criss-crosses" back and forth between the lives and the stories of the characters depicted in the novel (giving the name of the text).

Since the novel moves from story to story, and back again, the novel has no true climax. Everything in the novel seems to happen with both dependency and independency.


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