Oct 2, 2010

Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers

Cracked Up To Be
Author:  Courtney Summers
Publisher:  St. Martin's Griffin
Date Published:  December 23rd 2008

From Goodreads

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 a slightly confusing book to me for some reason.  Not confusing in the context of I didn't understand it, but for the reason that I didn't understand the main character Parker.  I couldn't get into the why of most, if not all the of her actions.  Almost everything she did was beyond "What the hell are you doing".

From the beginning we get that something major has happen to Parker.  The first couple of pages gives us the background of who Parker is now, and who she use to be.  Basically, she's a badass that doesn't give a what-what, and before she was the queen of the school.   Of course, a new guy arrives to the school, and is intrigued by Parker.  Why are delinquents so intriguing?  As everything slowly comes out about why Parker went the other direction, I'm left saying "Ok, this girl need help", umm, she never thought once to call the police. 

Cracked Up To Be really wasn't all that great to me, but nonetheless it wasn't bad.  It was a quick read, and I know some people really enjoyed this book..I've read the reviews.   I'm thinking my expectations were too high. 

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