Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cracked Up To Be

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 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.

I want to start off by saying, I LOVED THIS BOOK! I mean, LOVE, LOVE, LOVED it! And I have to thank Daisy, once again, for recommending another fabulous read. You're so awesome, Daisy!

This was a very different read for me. Lately, I've found myself drawn to mostly paranormal YA (hmm... I wonder why?) and I have to say, Cracked Up To Be was a nice change of pace. Courtney Summers has earned a place on my favorite YA authors list. Not that, that is such a hard thing to do. The only real requirement is... boys, (yes, I'm that easy. I know, I know) and this book surely delivers its fair share of scrumptious boy candy.

Cracked Up To Be is the story of Parker Fadley. And as the narrator, she guides us through the mess she has made of her life while finishing her senior year of high school. This book is full of angsty teen tension (is there anything better?? Umm... I don't think so), broken relationships (normally this is sad, but in this book it's actually kind of sweet), emotional journeys, and acceptance. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention the most important part... the swoon worthy boy yummy-ness (Chris and Jake... sigh). 'Nuff said!

Courtney is a bit of a tease, masterfully sprinkling the details of Parker's mysterious past throughout the novel. But this is not a bad thing. At all. The mystery of Parker compels you to read further. I know I was wondering right up until the very end, WTF happened to this girl? Seriously! (Just the kind of book I like! Who wants to know everything ten pages in? Hmmm???)
And, as if that wasn't enough, Courtney's fresh and unique writing style pulls you right into the story. Her writing is real, raw, and ultimately hilarious. She portrays youth well and doesn't wimp out on the touchy issues (they're all there. Believe me!).

But, even with all of that, I still believe that every book you read should teach you something. Anything. For example: Twilight taught me that you can still land the two hottest guys in town, even if you are a clumsy book nerd. And in Hush, Hush, hmm... well I'm not sure what I learned. I was too busy dreaming about Patch to notice much else.

So, what did Cracked Up To Be teach me? Probably the most important thing, ever: there is no limit on the number of curse words I can add to my YA WIP. LOL!
Thanks for that Courtney!!! I bow down to you, master of the naught-ies. : )

I highly recommend this book to everyone. Be sure to check it out because it's just that good. No, not good. It's fantastic!!! So, you must not miss it.

Seriously, what are you waiting for? Go get it now!

See you all tomorrow for Movie Day! (I smell a WTF sequel in the works...)


  1. Wow it sounds really good! I might have to check it out!

  2. LOL to your commentary. But hmm, this sounds like something I should read in preparation for idea #3 in my queue...

  3. Ok, so I totally hate that I can't watch movies at work on my lunch break! AAAAHHH.

    Thanks as always for the review...only one more day 'till Friday! Woo hoo!

  4. OOOOHHHHH! New book to read! Yay.

    After I stop drooling over Patch alongside you...

  5. OOOOHHHHH! New book to read! Yay.

    After I stop drooling over Patch alongside you...

  6. Wow, sounds like I should read it.


  7. I love your commentary. XD I don't normally read books such as the ones you seem to enjoy..but just reading this makes me want to read it. XD

  8. Jen - You should. It's a great book.

    Kristan - Read it! I'm glad you liked my commentary. It's my lame attempt at being funny. : )

    Christine - Yes! Do! : )

    Tiffany - I'm afraid we may never stop drooling over Patch... sigh.

    Ann - : )

    Gavin - LOL! You're too sweet, really. : D

  9. Ooh, this looks interesting! I'll check it out when I get back to Barnes and Noble:)

  10. Hot boys, check. Teen angst, check. Hot boys, check.

    Okay, really only two of the three things listed above are important. Try to guess which two :)

  11. Eva - Umm... hmmm. This is such a hard one. It has to be teens and angst, right?

    No? Okay, well then it's definitely the hot boys! Yes, I'm 1000% positive it's the hot boys! : )

  12. Okay, now you have to read SOME GIRLS ARE. Amaaaaazing.

  13. This book I guess would really be great if I wasn't one of those people who seek the books taht make them cry
    Have a nice day!

  14. Maha - This one might not be for you. It's so funny how everyone's taste differs. I kind of aim for the opposite emotion. : )

  15. Kim!! So glad you loved this book as much as you did!!!

  16. Daisy - I loved it! Thanks again for recommending it. And now I've started "Some Girls Are" and I'm loving it too! : D