Thursday, March 18, 2010

Cracked up to be by Courtney Summers - Book Review #10

Thursday, March 18, 2010
Cracked up to be
by Courtney Summers

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.

Cracked up to be is definitely a novel to remember long after you close it. It is dark, frightening, sarcastic and cruelly honest. It is certainly not for light-hearted. The book is filled with serious conflict and it will leave you guessing until the end. I though I have it figured out, but … oh… how wrong I was.

I guess this book was greatly underrated because main character – Parker is not one of your usual lovely and sweet, innocent and smiley girl. However I think this is precisely what makes this book so unique and mind blowing. Parker’s twisted little world wrapping you around so tight you can barely breathe till the end of the book. Her hard exterior is carefully masked her very broken interior and not allowing anyone, no characters, neither reader inside until the very end. Parker is making a fantastic character in her witticisms and confusion and self-exploration.

Cracked up to be will keep pages and mind turning, until everything comes together in the explosion of WOW.


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