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Cracked Up to Be By Courtney Summers Cracked Up to Be 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 consu

  • Title: Cracked Up to Be
  • Author: Courtney Summers
  • ISBN: 9780312383695
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Paperback
  • Cracked Up to Be By Courtney Summers 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.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 conselors 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.
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    1. LolaReviewer on said:

      Every time I finish a book by Courtney Summers, all my brain seems to want to do is ponder the meaning of life.It s not even that her books are philosophical, but they re just so raw that I feel emotionally connected to everything, and when I get to the last page, it all comes to a stop.Except it doesn t, because then I want to crawl back into the book and decorticate the main character some And I relate her to myself And then I relate myself to the world And then I relate the world to life.It [...]

    2. Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ on said:

      Warning I thought about it over and over, and the only way I feel writing this review includes a great amount of personal information If you don t care about it, if you think that s not a review, if you well, just thought I d warn you You know how when you meet someone and they just give you the impression they re living on this entirely different planet from everyone else That s sort of how I felt when I met you I don t really know what to say I mean, how am I supposed to say that I can relate [...]

    3. Aj the Ravenous Reader on said:

      The sooner you make a mistake and learn to live with it, the better You re not responsible for everything You can t control the way things end up Behind the sarcasm, teenage angst, and melodrama is this very powerful story and intense read that will ultimately give a very important message especially to many of our young people today obsessed with the idea of popularity and perfection.Parker, an eighteen year old teenager, suddenly decides that she doesn t want to be popular any and so she does [...]

    4. Emily May on said:

      Based on what I ve read so far, Courtney Summers is easily one of my favourite young adult authors Her books are incredibly raw and emotional and her talent for getting inside the mind of troubled teens isn t very common in young adult literature.I admit that I didn t like this book quite as much as Some Girls Are but that isn t saying a lot, it was still powerful and moving I expected to not like this novel as much because of the lower average rating than Some Girls Are, but I think the main re [...]

    5. l a i n e y on said:

      I have no idea what to do with this book I really don t It keeps breaking my heart EVERY OTHER PARAGRAPH.

    6. Kristi on said:

      This book was everything that I hoped it was going to be and then some And I wish that I was a good writer so that I could write a review worthy of this book Why can t I just say that I loved it and that it was one of the most compelling books I ve ever read and that just be enough Because really I don t know why I like any book, I just do But if I must, I guess I will The writing If I hadn t known that this was Summers debut novel, I wouldn t have believed it One of my most favorite books of al [...]

    7. Catie on said:

      So, I guess I just read these in opposite order 3 2 1 It s hard to pick a favorite but this one definitely hits the closest to home I don t know why, but I had it in my head that Cracked Up to Be and Some Girls Are were going to be similar novels like twin manifestos on the psychology of mean girls Parker and Regina may both sort into the mean girl category, but they are completely different, as are these two novels I think that Some Girls Are is a book about moving forward and away, but this bo [...]

    8. Tatiana on said:

      As seen on The Readventurer3.5 starsThe of Courtney Summers I read, the her work reminds me of Sara Zarr s They write vastly different characters Zarr s are subdued, quiet Summers are often in your face obnoxious and loud But what is similar about these two authors is how well realized their narrators voices are Zarr s and Summers characters are unique and real, often unlikable, but always unforgettable.The protagonist of Cracked Up to Be, Parker, is hard to like She is brash and sarcastic, o [...]

    9. Flannery on said:

      Parker Fadley used to be head cheerleader She had perfect grades and a perfect boyfriend Fast forward a few months and she is drinking heavily, treating everybody like crap though this hasn t changed much , broken up with her boyfriend, and missing every single homework deadline What happened to cause her decline When I was in high school, I had to wear a uniform Since it was an all girls Catholic school, my morning went something like this 6 00 alarm goes off Snooze.6 15 alarm goes off Snooze.6 [...]

    10. maymay ☕ on said:

      these books are too real to be fiction whY DOES EVERYTHING FEEL SO REAL I DONT WANT THIS KIND OF PAIN 4 and last book with saunta in ourbuddy and rereadbinge

    11. Jo on said:

      4.5 stars.Slight spoilers follow I d rather be certifiable than perpetually boring Initial Final Page Thoughts TOO High Points.I loved everything the writing, the characters, the emotions, the subject Done bats off hands Low Points.This book was so small it could get lost in my back teeth.I m just being selfish because I wanted to spend time with this book but hey, if book reviewers can t be selfish then who can That is the real question, I think Heroine.You know how I really like my heroines t [...]

    12. Poonam on said:

      This could have been easily a 4 star read for me apart from the ending.I did not know what to expect when I started with this, the cover makes it feel like a light YA read, the blurb makes it sound serious.The sum it up, this is about Parker and the changes that have come in her life because of something that has happened to her This was the suspense bit, which is revealed at the end and did not somehow add up with the overall story for meParker is beautiful, top of her class, going out with th [...]

    13. Tabby on said:

      THE REVIEWWhy this book Seemed like a book for meWhat I thoughtI had alot of feelings reading this book but mostly I was frustrated Parker is such a bitch I just wanted to punch in her face I get the self loathing but did she really need to treat Jake like that Speaking of Jake I absolutely loved him, I felt so sorry for him though Even with my dislike of Parker I gotta say I enjoyed this book The writing was superb and it had a great premise The characters were also extremely well fleshed out a [...]

    14. Arlene on said:

      Cracked up to Be by Courtney Summers is probably one of the difficult reads I ve encountered in the YA genre The protagonist, Parker Fadley, was flawed, damaged and on a downward spiral In most cases, that s enough cause to have me sympathize for a main character, but the way the story developed, she never really pulled at my heartstrings I carried angst for her ex boyfriend Chris, and the new guy Jake that was dumb enough to fall for her She really put everyone in her life through the ringer, [...]

    15. Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ on said:

      I Don t Know How Many Stars Guys I am so lost for words This book made me feel things I just can t evenn t even I liked it and I hated it I loved it but wanted to punch it I was obsessed with it and I wasn t obsessed with it I couldn t put it down but when I did I felt a little bit lighter I don t even know what to say, so how should I understand how to rate it Jake should know well, everyone should know there s no such thing as a decent human being It s just an illusion.And when it s gone, it s [...]

    16. Giselle on said:

      Already being a big fan of Courtney Summers since I read This Is Not a Test, I knew before going into this that it was going to be a ride with a lot of feels So much feels Parker is the definition of a snarky bitch She has an attitude you want to slap her for, but as a protagonist she s especially amusing and definitely entertaining The used to be cheerleading captain turned angry emo tells us that something has happened to this girl to change her so drastically This something is told to us via [...]

    17. jesse on said:

      i couldn t have cared less about any of the characters, especially our main character parker none of them were likeable, because there was nothing to like i don t think courtney summers could have done a better job at that it probably wasn t even the point, because you were supposed to develop empathy, not sympathsize with herrker was nasty and only wallowed in her self pityris was pathetic, i have this crazy feeling that when he told parker he loved her, he only meant he loved getting in her pa [...]

    18. Ash on said:

      I had very high hopes for this book It had nothing but raving reviews and I was looking forward to reading it I m not saying that it disappointed me, but I guess I wasn t as prepared for it as I thought I knew that it was a fairly raw and somewhat sad book with crude humor and some bad language but I thought I might still be able to get into the book That I d be able to finish it Parker is just a sad character She pushes everyone away by being mean and rude any chance she gets She doesn t realiz [...]

    19. Melanie on said:

      See reviews at YA Midnight Reads I was perfect and then I wasn t People change Some change than others, but they all change Parker Fadley changed Perfect Parker Fadley Changed A lot From captain of the cheer squad, girlfriend of a hot guy and a constant high achiever, no one knows what happened to her But something did Something huge and so conflicting that Perfect Parker is now not talking to anyone about it With her parents, teachers and fellow classmates watching her every move, they all wo [...]

    20. Tina on said:

      The writing was good but for me, the story line was hard to get through Maybe because I couldn t relate to the protagonist and I found her unlikeable Parker is a perfect mess She pushes everyone away When they finally start to let go a little, now she s pissed that no one is paying attention to her They start to show they care again and she pushes them away with force the cycle continues She s punishing herself for her friends death When It s revealed what she did that was so terrible I can t fe [...]

    21. kari on said:

      Blech An unpleasant protagonist about whom I could never find a way to care or make any connection This is a girl who witnesses something terrible which she refuses to tell anyone about and then manages to make this all about herself Really, that s what she does Going from the most popular cheerleader, A student to a drunk, sloppy nobody who still manages to keep everyone s attention did NOT make me feel anything about her other than disgust.There are two boys, one her ex, Chris, and one new guy [...]

    22. Penny on said:

      This is one of those times when I seem to have read a completely different book from everyone else.It was uninteresting and pointless It sure wasn t moving or emotional to me.We get into the mind of the bich ex perfect girl at school I had the feeling that I was supposed to be sorry for her once we knew what her thoughts were, but that didn t happen for me So what it s not as if we don t know everyone has feelings no matter how good or bad they are and what she was thinking and feeling towards h [...]

    23. sana°¤° on said:

      Buddy read with a poop.I ve heard this book is heartbreaking and wow I m here for some pain always count on Courtney Summers if you want good pain

    24. Giselle (Book Nerd Canada) on said:

      Such a heart breaking book From the moment you re introduced to Parker you know she s keeping something from the reader Something that is keeping her so closed off from everyone that she s become a shell of her former self I loved the writing If there s something Courtney does well, it s write Writing intriguing complex and developed characters I felt so much for Parker because she s been hiding away what she feels She s broken and not wholly likeable so at first you re thrown off by how she tre [...]

    25. Booknut on said:

      I m going to stray a little from my normally cohesive review format, to discuss this rollercoaster ride of a book.Some books well, most books have a way about them They have this format where it s almost like the author has managed to zap themselves between the pages, luring you inside and whispering the words into your awaiting mind and holding your hand as they lead you along the story s path But Cracked Up to Be was different The author was barely noticeable I lost myself in the thoughts, min [...]

    26. PaigeBookdragon on said:

      History repeats itself Fucking hell This reminds me of the awesomeness of Some Boys.Synopsis 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 su [...]

    27. Alyssa on said:

      I realize that there are some authors out there, in a booklover s world of literature, that can surprise you constantly and sweep you off your feet I realize that there are some authors out there that don t really need practice to do so many a first book is better than the author s next works I also realize that there are only a limited number of these authors Formulas are very constant in literature, especially in YA Take Sarah Dessen an author I respect and love as both a person and writer and [...]

    28. Keertana on said:

      Ever since I read this novel, I ve been judiciously punishing myself I made a vow to not pick up another Courtney Summers book until I had tackled this review first and although I have sat down to type out this review on than one occasion, the words never came Even now, over two months since I last held this in my hands, I struggle to find the words to adequately express what an emotional wreck this book rendered me Parker are her struggles are still as real and visceral to me today as they wer [...]

    29. Ariana on said:

      I don t like writing negative reviews sigh The beginning was so, so great and funny, and all I was so happy to choose this book because it felt perfect for me but I don t know why my interest got lost by the middle of the story, and the ending was not better than that.I guess it s a nice book and some people might like it , but it didn t really work for me I liked Parker at the beginning as mean as she was , and in a way I really liked the way her relationship with Jake started they were kind of [...]

    30. Rebecca A. Rogers on said:

      I ve heard nothing but praise for this bookd I felt let down While there were some comical lines and some did make me laugh out loud , I just couldn t connect with Parker The only reason I continued reading this book was to find out what the big secret was, why Parker suddenly started drinking, attempted suicide, and pushed everyone away CS drops flashback scenes here and there, but it didn t help much I wasn t even remotely engrossed until after the first hundred pages Then the flashback scenes [...]

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