Thursday, March 15, 2012

Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers

Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers.
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin.
Pages: 214.
Release Date: December 23rd, 2008.
Source: Gift.
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.

I'm not surprised that I loved this book so much. Whenever I think of Courtney Summers, I think of amazing stories. They just go hand in hand. But no matter how much I anticipate her books, they never fail to leave me wide-eyed and gaping at the rawness and darkness and how she doesn't seem to have any boundaries with her characters.

I'm still baffled at how she made me care for such an unlikable character. Parker is rude and nasty and does some despicable things but I didn't have it inside of me to hate her. I could almost feel her cracking as story went on - which was done immensely well - and the events of her downfall were revealed. (Speaking of cracking, did anyone else have their HEART SHATTERED with the Bailey scene? I was a total wreck)

I also really enjoyed how only small fragments of flashbacks were given occasionally, and I appreciated how repetitive the crucial moments were. It made the whole story that much authentic and powerful.

Overall, Cracked Up To Be is another Courtney Summers book that has - once again - turned me into a big ball of mushy emotions. I can't talk too much about why I love her books as much as I do because my words could never do justice. Like I've said before, this author is the Queen of Contemporary and she has proven it to me all over again with this ridiculously fantastic debut.

Other reviews for Cracked Up To Be:
Book Harbinger.
Miss Remmers' Review.
Rather Be Reading.
Y.A. Love.


  1. I've never read anything by Courtney Summers, but I think I need to change that. The synopsis alone had me intrigued. I loved that your review just cemented that I need to read this.

  2. I absolutely LOVE this book, I've loved everything by Courtney, but this is the first one I read so it has an especial part of my heart.

    I still get teary eyed when I think of that Bailey scene, sooooooooo sad. I feel so bad for Parker, I've always liked her, from sentence 1.

  3. I absolutely love anything written by Courtney Summers! She's a great author who is able to draw out plenty of emotions through her readers. Anyway great review!

  4. I love that you consider her the Queen of Contemporary and now she's tackling zombies. I can't wait to read This Is Not a Test, but I'm thinking maybe I should pick out one of her contemporary novels to read soon. I like darker contemps.


  5. Sounds like I need to add this book to my library! What's Parker's secret? I must know! And, I always love it when authors create characters who have a bunch of negative traits, and yet the reader can't help but love the character anyway. How do they do it?

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