April 30, 2010

Cracked Up To Be - Courtney Summers

Cracked Up to Be

Young Adult
Pages: 224
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: December 23, 2008

Perfect Parker Fadley isn't so perfect anymore. She's quit the cheerleading squad, she's dumped her perfect boyfriend, and she's failing school. Her parents are on a constant suicide watch and her counselors think she's playing games? but what they don't know, the real reason for this whole mess, isn't something she can say out loud. It isn't even something she can say to herself. A horrible thing has happened and it just might be her fault. If she can just remove herself from everybody--be totally alone--then everything will be okay...The problem is, nobody will let her. 

This book was absolutely amazing! Courtney's writing inevitably pulls you in from the very first word. She is one of the boldest, most awesome writers I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Why hadn't I read this before?? It was freakin' fantastic! The character build up and development was utterly well done and she somehow manages to convey more emotion in her unique cold way of writing than many authors do in theirs.

I fell in love with Parker. She is who we secretly all want to be. She's perfect, even at being imperfect. I felt shaken after finding out her story at the end. You will be speechless. The way the book maintains the mystery and slowly hands you hints throughout the whole story, makes it almost impossible to stop reading. I don't think you can even guess what's going on before it's said, that's how well Summers does it.

This is a MUST read for everyone and is now part of my favorites list.


  1. I only hear great things about this author! Nice review :D

  2. Great review - sounds like you absolutely loved this one! :)

  3. Courtney Summers is honestly one of the greatest writers on the market right now. Love her, and this book.

  4. Great Review! I loved this book, she is such a talented writer! Plus, she's Canadian : )

  5. It is my next read :D I'm glad you like it

  6. I loved this book! Great review :)

  7. Completely agree! I love how bold and straight forward Courtney is. She has a very unique voice!

  8. Oh this one sounds like a must read indeed! I love when a story manages to hang on to its secrets til the end. It keeps you reading to uncover that hidden truth! Making a note on my seek out list for possible future buying...thanks! ^_^


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