Cracked Up to be

Cracked Up to be

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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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 141 x 209 x 15mm | 308g
  • Saint Martin's Griffin,U.S.
  • California, United States
  • English
  • 031238369X
  • 9780312383695
  • 93,721

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"Courtney Summers is a writer who pulls no punches and Parker Fadley is a character you won't forget. Together, they create a novel that will keep you on edge, turning pages long into the night." - K.L GOING, AUTHOR OF SAINT IGGY"
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Courtney Summers lives and writes in Canada, where she divides most of her time between a camera, a piano and a word processing program.
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18,029 ratings
3.74 out of 5 stars
5 27% (4,941)
4 34% (6,104)
3 27% (4,813)
2 9% (1,625)
1 3% (546)

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Cracked Up To Be is one of those stories that makes you want to keep reading, even after the story has ended. It's a fairly short book, being a contemporary read, but it manages to pack a lot in it without anything feeling rushed or any characters left under-developed. Parker has become one of my favourite characters in a book and she's certainly one of the most memorable! I like girls that don't act cute and pretty, the girl next door types. There's far too many of them. Parker is a complete bitch to everyone and gets away with it every time, because her friends know how she used to be and want that Parker back - the popular girl, the captain of the cheerleading team. I laughed on more than one occasion at people's reactions to her. I found it quite interesting just how much they didn't like this 'new' Parker, considering they never stopped getting at the old Parker either. The only person that seems to accept her for who she is is the new guy, Jake. I pretty much hated Chris though. He's a whole suitcase of douchebag. It did show that if a girl does or says certain things, they're basically ostracized from society but Chris gets away with far, far worse than Parker did in my opinion and he was never given more than a slap on the wrist for his actions. There was nothing at all remotely likeable about him, no matter how hard he tried to pretend that he cared about Parker. Every so often, Parker has a panic attack or remembers scene from before the major event that caused her PTSD happened, and we slowly get a picture of what it was that happened. I really enjoyed this, books are usually spoiled quickly for me because I guess the plot twist in minutes but I didn't guess this one at all! I was really surprised. It's a good twist too, I think my jaw dropped open when I got the final piece of the puzzle. I recommend this book if you love good high school dramas, snarky main characters and a lot of mystery that will keep you guessing right to the very end of the book!show more
by Vickie Ramage
Parker Fadley was captain of the varsity cheerleading squad. She'd been on the honor roll for the first three years of high school, and Chris, the most popular guy at school, was in love with her, the most popular girl in school. Now, no matter how awful she is to him, she knows he still loves her, but she's not worth it. Not since the party. Not since her life took a radical one-hundred-and-eighty degree turn. Her parents have her on a tight leash. Early curfews. Weekly meetings with the guidance counselor. Dinners with sad, yet hopeful eyes turned her way, yearning for a glimpse of the Parker they used to know. Everyone has her on a suicide watch, but nobody knows why. What could have caused Parker Fadley to turn away from everything and everyone? It's Jake who begins to get under her skin with his unnerving presence and constant questions. How can she possibly be that interesting to him? When Evan comes back to school, she can no longer keep the memories of the events of that night at bay. Whether she wants to or not, she's going to have to find the real Parker Fadley, or risk losing her forever. The restful cover of CRACKED UP TO BE belies the unrest and turmoil that is Parker. The voice is incredible, similar to that of SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson. Courtney Summers doles out the secrets in small portions, teasing the reader, and when the events of the party are finally revealed with nothing held back, the tension is palpable. And no matter how many hints Ms. Summers drops, you'll never be able to guess Parker's terrible secret. This debut author is just that more
by TeensReadToo
I was surprised by how much I did not like the story, yet I kept reading this book. The writing was just so very good! The story was uninteresting to me, including the revelation at the end, but I could not put the book down! I adored how Courtney Summers gives the reader a glimpse into the past through passages thrown in here and there in the middle of the story. She tells us a piece of information then adds more to it the next time she gives a flashback. Gradually the reader gets to learn what the heck happened to Parker. After finding out the whole story for why Parker is who she is, I honestly was not pleased. I just think the protagonist could have and should have reacted in a different way. I don't think she made wise decisions at all and for that I did not like her as a person/character. In a nutshell, this story is about a girl who, as you read, had something occur to her and you, just like the new guy, get curious about her past. You and him want to know what happened to make perfect Parker not so perfect. You will love the writing and the characters (you may even feel sad for many of them as I did), but maybe not the decisions many of those people make. By the way, I just want to note that most of the time, the dialogue made me laugh quite a bit. :) I just have such mixed feelings about this book. I liked the writing but not the story. It's so odd. I really liked reading it but may not feel like re-reading it again. I don't know. It's a strange sort of liking ;) See now I keep thinking about the writing again and how into it I was and how I might just like re-reading it again. Sigh. How confusing huh?show more
by T.V and Book Addict
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