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Friday, April 24, 2009

Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers

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Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Year: 2008
ISBN: 031238369X
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224

Place(s) Traveled to: NA

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

If you had said a year ago that Parker Fadley was in danger of graduating people in her school would have laughed. But that was then. That was before. Now its all Parker can do to get to school and to survive the day. Due to coming into school ‘under the influence’ she has weekly counseling sessions with her clueless school counselor. She must not miss a day of school nor can she miss turning in any homework assignments. Each day for Parker is an endurance in will, keeping an eye on the prize….that of graduating high school to keep from repeating another year. Cracked Up to Be is the debut novel of Courtney Summers and yet another book that came highly recommended to me by Tiffany. As Tiffany hasn’t recommended a bad book to me yet I knew I was in for a real treat. And fortunately, this is a book that I read on a Friday because once I started it I couldn’t put it down.

Parker is an amazing character. She is filled with wit and sass and sometimes brutally honest to those around her. But Parker is also hurting and she thinks the only way to keep from others is to shut them out. The only problem is that those around her refuse to let her fade away. This book would bring me to tears one moment and then laughter the next. It also keeps you guessing at the secret that Parker is keeping. The one that lead her from being the perfect student at her school to one who may not graduate. But Parker isn’t the only person to make this book great. The secondary characters are the ones the really escalate this novel into something amazing. There is Becky – the girl who is trying to take Parker’s place as most popular, Chris – her ex-boyfriend and the new guy Jake – who refuses to back down and manages to do the one thing that those who have known her for years have been unable to do. I found Parker, her friends and the high school world that Summers created to be realistic and I hated when this book ended. Cracked up to be is sad and funny and its a book that is well worth the time spent reading it. I can’t wait to see what stories Courtney Summers comes up with next.

One Response to “Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers”

  1. Michelle

    I read a review on another blog a bit ago and added this to my list of books to pick up. Knowing that you are recommending it so highly as well inches it up on the list for sure!