Age Group: Young Adult
Other Books By This Author: Some Girls Are
Received From: Kindle Store
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.
I don’t know if Cracked Up to Be would have been a book that I would have picked up on my own. I bought it because of all the great ratings and reviews. I wanted to love it I really did but…it just didn’t work out that way.
The writing was superb. I had no problems with that. Courtney Summers is very talented. To enjoy this book fully you had to sympathize with the main character, Parker. I found it very hard to sympathize with her. Almost impossible. She pushes everyone away and then gets upset that she has no one. She is mean to everyone and she acts pretty disturbed throughout the entire book. Which I understand is the point but I just could not like her. I tried! And I kept asking myself through the book, “Why is no one sending this girl to a shrink?!”
The plot moves along swiftly. You get Parker’s back story in small snippets and flashbacks. The whole story doesn’t come out until the very end of the book and then every positive feeling I had about Parker went out the window. I’m not going to spoil anything. Just read the book.
Overall, I really didn’t know how I felt about this book. Like I said Summers is a very talented author but I could not rate the book too high because I didn’t like Parker. I think everyone should still give this book a chance. Don’t let my review change your mind. Most people love it. I just have mixed feelings. 3 Stars