I finished Criss Cross this weekend.
I'm still not entirely sure I liked it... it was an odd story in that it was very realistic. There wasn't a lot of action or a big happy conclusion because life doesn't work like that. Because of this, it was almost delicate, but it wasn't. And I liked it because it was true to life but because of that, the pacing was slow and there wasn't a lot of action and it didn't fully grab me and suck me in. Odd.
But I did really like the ending and the final scene. I liked the characters. It might not have been my choice for the Newberry, but I can fully understand why it won.