Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Review ; Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers

ABOUT THE BOOK/: 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.

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Elements ;

1. Shocking Factor - 8/10
2. Thrilling Factor - 7/10
3. Funny Factor - 9.5/10
4. Honesty Factor - 10/10
5. Originality Factor - 9.5/10


Narrator's Voice - 9.8/10

Overall conclusion
- One thing that really strucked to me while reading this novel was how honest and true the words are. For a debut novel, I find Courtney Summers very brave and for that, I admire her.
Perfection is always an issue and this novel explores the true meaning of perfection and that it isnt as glorious as it sounds. I can't say I enjoyed reading it because this is seriously not a book to enjoy and laugh about (although Parker's sarcasm was really funny). It does speaks to me and it was interesting to read from a different point of view. I can relate to Parker's problem with just wanting to get rid of everything. I think Parker is a great character and I love how she copes on with her problem.
One of the biggest aspect discussed in this novel is support. Although Parker has caused so many troubles, her friends, parent and teachers continue to support her from the start to the end. I find Chris very sweet and although I can't quit figure out his platonic/ romantic relationship with Parker until the middle of the book, I'd say he's very supportive and I'd love to have a friend like him. Jake Gaurdner in the other hand is really something. I'm a sucker for a guy who won't give up and Jake certainly is one. The conversations between Jake and Parker are certainly what aids to the funny part of the book. That and Parker's wit. My favourite part in this novel was the ending because eventhough it isn't a happy ending, I see it as a start to a happy ending.
Cracked Up To Be is a story told in a beautifully raw voice and it will continuously inspire a lot of people.



  1. I'm suddenly seeing reviews of this pop up all over the place, so I've requested it from my library! Hope it's excellent!

  2. Yes! I adored the voice in this novel.

  3. Great review. I really want to read this one. I finally bought a copy but I don't know when I'll get the chance to start it...hopefully soon.