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Monday, July 25, 2011

Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers

Published: 12/23/2008
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Goodreads Summary:
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.


Throughout this book all I kept thinking was why?  Why would Parker quit the cheerleading squad?  Why would she dump her boyfriend?  Why would she go from perfect straight-A's to failing school?  Slowly we learned the story of what happened and how Parker began her spiral downwards.  Parker is an amazing character with a lot of life to live.  I was often mad at her for not living to her potential, but as I found out more concerning why she changed, I felt for her.  Parker went through a lot at the end of her junior year and all she wants is to get through her senior year and graduate.  That's it.  Parker shows us how sometimes it pays to tell the truth.  She makes us realize that we all need help sometimes and it takes the courage to admit when it's you that needs it.  This book rocked!  I loved the personality of the characters and it seems as though this was a situation that could happen in life.  It didn't have the typical romancy happy ending to it which I liked, although Parker did find help for herself and those around her.  I think this would be a great beach/summer novel.  It's quick, easy, and full of thought.

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