Saturday, 17 December 2011

"Cracked Up To Be" by Courtney Summers

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've guessed she'd turn out like this. But nobody knows the truth. Something horrible has happened, and it just might be her fault.

Even though this book is only 214 pages, it took me over a week to read it. I wanted to take everything in and not make things blur together, as this was hard to get hold of. However, I still haven't stopped thinking about it. It was just that good. 

Parker Fadley is sarcastic, bitchy and direct with little subtlety, yet somehow still sort of likable. I understood her constant drive for perfection and her disillusionment. I felt what she felt: her weird feelings for Jake, her hatred of Becky and Chris's new relationship, and her uneasiness around Evan. It was all there. 

But, I didn't like Parker's attitude towards the death of her dog, Bailey, and her odd relationship with Jake, a really good guy who she unfairly didn't give a real chance, and she totally messed him around, although she was totally messed up herself. Why do troubled girls always get the guy?

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The characters were scarily realistic, the language and situation believable, and the plot kept me turning the pages in suspense. 

Rating: A-

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