Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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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.
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