Criss Cross Questions and Answers
by Lynne Rae Perkins

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What is the genre of Perkin's Criss Cross?

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Lynne Rae Perkins' novel Criss Cross is labeled by the Library Congress as being in the genre "Young Adult literature," however further examination of the novel suggests a few other options for genre. Criss Cross could definitely be considered a bildungsroman novel. This term refers to a book that follows a young person to and through their moment of "coming of age." Classic novels like Pride and Prejudice are also considered bildungsroman, as it follows the main character through events that lead him or her to "come of age." Debbie, the main character in Criss Cross, goes through a coming of age situation as she tries to discover the love of her life, but ends up discovering more about herself than anything.

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