Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Review: Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers

Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers
214 Pages
Amazon, Goodreads, Author Website

From Goodreads: 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.

When I first heard about this book, I had the impression that this was a very "Speak"-type novel. While it was in a way in a way it wasn't. She isn't talking about what really happened to cause her life to spiral downward. She isn't talking about it to herself either. To keep people away she says and does anything that will push them away. Even though she is rude to people I actually thought some things she said were witty and funny. I liked her character even though I know she's suffering and is masking it with her new "I don't care attitude". Her ex-boyfriend is still in love with her and helps her when he can, I thought he was a great guy and his loyalty to her is sweet. I don't want to talk about what happens in the book too much, this is the type of book that will take you on a journey along with the heroine as she goes struggles through life. That being said this book is also one of those books that makes you pause and reflect when you're finished. This book deals with real teen issues and I hope that all readers regardless of age gets something out of it, whether it be a new perspective or understanding. 

I give this book 4 stars!

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