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Review: Cracked up to Be by Courtney Summers

Cracked up to Be by Courtney Summers
Published December 2008
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Paperback, 214 pages

(Copy borrowed from fellow book blogger Harmony, of

Summary from goodreads:

"What's the worst thing you've ever done?

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."

My review: ***** = 5 Stars
I can tell you that I read this book based on the cover alone. It just looked like something I would enjoy, and I started reading it without even knowing what it was actually about because I just didn't read the summary. This book surpassed my expectations of just being a book I hoped I would enjoy to being a book that I truly loved. Once I began reading, there was no stopping and I stayed up late last night just to finish it, knowing I would have to be up in less than 5 hours for work.

Sometimes it's hard to put into words why a certain book interests you. It can be one particular item that draws you in, or it can be a number of things. Everything in this novel worked extremely well together. The characters seemed to fit together like puzzle pieces even though some were ex-boyfriends/girlfriends and others former friends. One thing I really loved was even though the characters swore, had sex and drank, it wasn't forced. It didn't feel like the author was just adding in those actions for shock factor. The characters were so well written that what they were doing throughout the novel was 100% believeable.

The mystery behind the main characters actions stay hidden until the very end of the book. At first I was very anxious to know what occurred, but as I continued to read, the story filled up and there was enough other activity going on where I didn't have to pine over finding out what went down.

Overall, Cracked up to Be is a wonderful novel, with spectacular writing and chracters, and just enough mystery to keep things interesting but not too much to drive you crazy. I am completely amazed that this was Summers debut novel and I look forward to reading more work by her.

Recommend to all.

Sherry <3


Dahlia (TheBookShopaholic) said...

This sounds awesome! So, many people rate this 5 stars. I must read this soon,.


Book Crazy Jenn said...

You know I have been wanting to read this for a while - it sounds amazing, and I even own it...not sure what's stoping me - amazing review I think I need to pick this one up soon!

Anonymous said...

Glad you loved this one! :D Some Girls Are by Courtney is SO amazing as well.

BookFreak said...

Sounds good!
i like these kinds of books.

Tuning Into YA Books said...

loved some girls are so I hope I love this one too

bookaholic said...

I have been wanting to read this for a long time...your lovely review only strengthens my wish!:)

Book Monster said...

I have one of her books on my tbr pile, but haven't read it. I've seen this book around and it does look fun. Nice review!!

Robby said...

I loved this book so much. Courtney Summers is a fabulous writer and a wonderful girl. :]

Eleni @ La Femme Readers said...

Great review! I heard a lot of good things about this book, it's sitting on my shelf, hopefully I can read it soon! :)

Kate T said...

Found you blog thru the Readathon sign ups (love the blog name!). Added this book to my Amazon wish list, but I would have bought if I hadn't already bought so many other books in prep for readathon. :)

pirate penguin said...

For some reason I've been itching to pick up one of her books now and, well, you confirmed its awesomeness so... I'm gonna get it ;)

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