Review : Cracked up to be

Cracked up to Be by Courtney Summers
Pages : 214
Genre : YA, Fiction
Series : Stand Alone
My Rating :

From the Back of the Book :

When “Perfect” Parker Fadley starts drinking at school and failing her classes, all of St. Peter’s High goes on alert. How has the cheerleading captain, girlfriend of the most popular guy in school, consummate teacher’s pet, and future valedictorian fallen so far from grace?

Parker doesn’t want to talk about it. She’d just like to be left alone, to disappear, to be ignored. But her parents have placed her on suicide watch and her counselors are demanding the truth. Worse, there’s a nice guy falling in love with her and he’s making her feel things again when she’d really rather not be feeling anything at all.
Nobody would have guessed she’d turn out like this. But nobody knows the truth.

Something horrible has happened, and it just might be her fault.

It’s been a little while since I’ve read this book, and the main reason why I’ve waited so long to write my review was because I wasn’t sure how to do it. I liked it a lot – it almost made my “best of 2009” list, but something holds me back from loving it completely as other readers did.

Summers’ writing is straightforward and captivating, and I was hooked from the first page. What made me enjoy it less, maybe, was that I found that the story was slightly predictable. I mostly guessed, soon enough in the book, what had happened, so all the mystery the author did around the events didn’t work really well for me. In all honesty though, I still enjoyed the book and loved how the author brought us into Parker’s life. The story was really quick and powerful, in a “punch-in-the-gut” kind of way, and after all this time I still remember it vividly. It’s not the kind of story you can read bout, toss on a shelf and forget you read it. It haunts you for at least a little while after you read it!

Parker isn’t the most likable character, but that’s not the point, either. (I find that very troubled characters are usually so absorbed by their problems that they aren’t likable, but I also believe that such characters don’t exist to be loved.) Still, I could feel for her and I cared about her, especially when my first impressions were confirmed towards the end : it gave all its sense to Parker’s wild attitude and emotions.  While you may not like Parker at first, I think it would be really hard to be indifferent to what she’s going through.

In the end, Cracked up to be was a very memorable read by a fantastic author. Summer’s new book, Some Girls Are, is now out on the shelves and I’ll be getting my copy as soon as I stop by the bookstore! (probably this afternoon!)

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7 responses to “Review : Cracked up to be”

  1. Juju says :

    Great review! 🙂

  2. bermudaonion says :

    I’ve seen a lot of great reviews for this and I can tell how much you liked it too. I’m curious about what happened to Parker.

  3. Violet says :

    I have yet to read a -ve review of this book. I need to read Summers sometime too, so glad you liked it too 🙂

  4. Staci says :

    This one has been on my list for a while…glad it was good!!

  5. Meg says :

    Definitely loved Cracked Up To Be and was very affected by it… like you said, it’s the kind of story that haunts you! I read it in the fall of 2008 and can still vividly recall many details about it. I’ll be grabbing her next one soon, too! 🙂

  6. ShootingStarsMag says :

    Nice review. I appreciate the honestly. I bought this one awhile back (heard lots of good things) so I’m really curious to get to it. I just have so much to read first. I really do hope to pick up Some Girls Are at some point though to have on hand as well.

  7. justicejenniferreads says :

    Thanks for the review. This sounds like a worthwhile read. If I ever get around to reading it, I will be interested to see what my thoughts are.

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