Cracked Up to Be

Cracked Up to Be

by Courtney Summers


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.

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“How does it feel to know that even at my worst, you’re still not good enough?”

The beginning was so, so great and funny, and all. I was so happy to choose this book because it felt perfect for me.. but I don’t know why my interest got lost by the middle of the story, and by the end I didn’t get to love it as much as I wanted.

Don’t get me wrong, this is a very nice book and some people might like it a lot more, but it didn’t quite work for me.


I really liked Parker at the beginning (as mean as she was) and I really liked the way her ‘relationship’ with Jake started (they were funny and sweet with all the teasing and their little fights), but after a while her acting got old and I waited for something to happen, something sweet between them.. but it never really did. I just don’t know why he kept caring for her (or why did Chris care all that time), because I never felt that she deserved it. And when I finally found out what her problem was, I just felt like I didn’t know her at all.. At that particular moment all my sympathy went through the window. I don’t want to spoil anything, but for the ones that know the story I’m going to ask this: how could someone keep such a big secret (and be there and just do nothing)? The story fell apart at that point and I couldn’t care less for the resolution, because my trust was broken, I was no longer connected with the main character.

Anyways, I could still recommend this book, because without the things that I didn’t like that much, the story is strong, and emotional at times, funny on the less expected moments, and enjoyable enough to feel that you didn’t waste your time at all.

“The sooner you make a mistake and learn to live with it, the better. You’re not responsible for everything. You can’t control the way things end up.”

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