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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.

Published: Macmillan Publishers on Dec 23, 2008
ISBN: 9781429948104
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Cracked up to be is one of those YA novels you can read in one sitting because it just sucks you right in. Although the style is complex, with flashbacks bringing the reader back and forth in time, teenagers will want to know the story and stick with it. Parker is a well-drawn main character and her experiences will speak to high school girls.read more
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Parker is the perfect cheerleader, daughter and student. Then something bad happens that makes her stray away from that. I really enjoyed reading this book. I had to finish it to see what made Parker change so much. I loved the way that she talked to people. I liked how she purposely went out of her way to say whatever she was feeling. I was left guessing until the very end. The book did not end the way I expected and I liked that.read more
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When taking on how to write a story there are authors that show you the characters and those that tell you about them. This book definitely shows you, which made it all more real in a sense. I could picture this book like a movie playing in my head. See the characters for who they were, hear their voices, and all those other great things we as readers love. Out of the all the characters in the book I warm up to Parker easily...who really isn't exactly a warming character at first. Might be the sarcastic wit she holds that sucked me in. But she's got a secret and a major problem - only if everyone would just leave her the hell alone, she might finally be okay...or so she thinks.The fact is that no matter how much Parker tries to shove everyone away, they're still there. Even though Parker is...ahem sometimes....they all still care, which made me care. Immediately I had to know why and what happened to make her like this.The mystery behind this story is fantastic. There are little hints here and there, but not enough for me to really guess what it was. You will be hooked from the first chapter and unable to put it down. Unless you realize you have to be at work in four hours and have no clue what you just read in the last five pages because you're so tired. Then after you get off of work, you go straight home, hyped up on caffeine, and pick this book back up to finish it. Only to get to the end and realize how much it was worth it.I love reading debut novels and Courtney Summers has swept me away. I cannot wait to read more from her! Oh and my only complaint is that the story ended. So to answer my own question in the first part of this review: Yes, it's THAT good!read more
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Cracked up to be is one of those YA novels you can read in one sitting because it just sucks you right in. Although the style is complex, with flashbacks bringing the reader back and forth in time, teenagers will want to know the story and stick with it. Parker is a well-drawn main character and her experiences will speak to high school girls.
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Parker is the perfect cheerleader, daughter and student. Then something bad happens that makes her stray away from that. I really enjoyed reading this book. I had to finish it to see what made Parker change so much. I loved the way that she talked to people. I liked how she purposely went out of her way to say whatever she was feeling. I was left guessing until the very end. The book did not end the way I expected and I liked that.
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When taking on how to write a story there are authors that show you the characters and those that tell you about them. This book definitely shows you, which made it all more real in a sense. I could picture this book like a movie playing in my head. See the characters for who they were, hear their voices, and all those other great things we as readers love. Out of the all the characters in the book I warm up to Parker easily...who really isn't exactly a warming character at first. Might be the sarcastic wit she holds that sucked me in. But she's got a secret and a major problem - only if everyone would just leave her the hell alone, she might finally be okay...or so she thinks.The fact is that no matter how much Parker tries to shove everyone away, they're still there. Even though Parker is...ahem sometimes....they all still care, which made me care. Immediately I had to know why and what happened to make her like this.The mystery behind this story is fantastic. There are little hints here and there, but not enough for me to really guess what it was. You will be hooked from the first chapter and unable to put it down. Unless you realize you have to be at work in four hours and have no clue what you just read in the last five pages because you're so tired. Then after you get off of work, you go straight home, hyped up on caffeine, and pick this book back up to finish it. Only to get to the end and realize how much it was worth it.I love reading debut novels and Courtney Summers has swept me away. I cannot wait to read more from her! Oh and my only complaint is that the story ended. So to answer my own question in the first part of this review: Yes, it's THAT good!
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The abrasive main character, Parker, turned me off at the beginning, but as her situtation unfolded I felt more and more for her. I thought I had it figured out in the first chapter or two, but it turned out I was wrong (in fact, one of the other characters asked her if it was ____, which I thought was a nice touch, acknowledging the cliche). I liked the way this unfolded and the complexity of the characters. All in all it was a very good read.
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I'm a high school librarian, so I read a lot of YA novels, good ones and sometimes some not-so-good ones.Courtney Summers' "Cracked Up To Be" falls into the category of a good YA novel. High school senior Parker Fadley, the book's no-longer-perfect main character, is wrestling with some major demons and she'd be the first to admit that she's a total bitch much of the time, but I couldn't help A) rooting for her and B) devouring the book in just a couple sittings to find out what dark secret has made her set out to systematically destroy her life.I will definitely be reading Summers' next book.
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This book has mainly pretty good reviews. I also really loved the sound of the book so its been on my wish list for a while so when it finally came in stock on Amazon I brought it right away, but I have to say I was a little disappointed.Parker Fadley is one of those girls who has it all. She’s cheerleading captain, has a gorgeous boyfriend and has perfect grades. In fact perfect could be Parkers middle name. So when Parker starts turning up to school drunk, breaks up with her boyfriend, quits the cheerleading squad and generally trys to isolate herself from everyone people don’t understand whats made Parker fall from grace so drastically. Then when new guy Jake turns up and wants to get to know Parker despite the fact she’s not perfect anymore she trys to push him away like everyone else but Jake doesn’t give up easily will Parker let someone in? and will we find out whats caused Perfect Parker Fadley to crumble?Well the main problems I had with this book was that I guessed roughly what happened from the start. The biggest problem though was Parker I found her extremely unlikable and her constant poor me what I did was so awful attitude didn’t make me sympathise with her at all especially because when you find out what happened its really not her fault I can understand why she would think it was but its like seriously girl this may come as a shock but its not all about you. I didn’t really like any of the characters all that much. That being said I didn’t hate this book it was a quick read being only 200 and something pages long and the writing was good and I liked the general idea. Before I read this I also brought Courtney’s second book Some girls are that I will still read and hopefully enjoy a bit more than her first novel, this gets a 3 stars from me.
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