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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Review: Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers

Released: December 23, 2008
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Rated: YA
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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.  If she can just remove herself from everybody--be totally alone--then everything will be okay...The problem is, nobody will let her.

What I thought:

This was an interesting novel. I did think it was well written, but the story had me scratching my head sometimes. This is another story where we get bits and pieces along the way, not even Parker's friends know what is going on with her.

I found it compelling more at the end, but I spend more time frustrated with Parker's behavor through most of the novel, I was kind of surprised I finished it actually. I am glad, now, that I stuck it out, but this didn't have a pull on me where I was compelled to finish until 3/4 of a way through.

More and more, I'm picking YA novels that deal with some pretty serious situations. Parker is on a suicide watch by her parents and faculty staff at school. But I had a hard time believing the character through some of the novel. There were times I was convinced it was all for show. Definitely won't be a reread for me. I might give the author another book, but for now, I'm moving on to something else.

My Rating:

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Katie said...

Aw...that's too bad you didn't like it. I haven't read this one yet, but I have it on my shelves. Thanks for the honest review!!

Aimee said...

When you get to it, I'd like to know your thoughts on it!

Candace said...

I think this is the one that Lori didn't like. I read another book by the author and really liked it. So I think it's just this one. Of course we all have different opinions. It definitely has an interesting description but I'll be sure to skip this one.

Aimee said...

I'll have to check out your review then. I plan on giving the author another try.

Jules said...

Hmm, maybe one to avoid.

Great review

CarlyB said...

Heehee, I actually really loved this one! I'm sad you didn't though, it's a shame when a book disappoints you. I would urge you to give Some Girls Are a go, I read that one first and loved it too :) x

Aimee said...

I'll have to check that one out Carly, thanks!

Reading Angel said...

Awww...I LOVED Fall For Anything by her, so maybe give that one a chance. I've heard this one isn't great from several other bloggers as well.

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