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Courtney Summers can't wait for the zombie apocalypse. Also she is the author of CRACKED UP TO BE and SOME GIRLS ARE, FALL FOR ANYTHING and THIS IS NOT A TEST, four edgy young adult novels published by St. Martin's Press.

Visit her website or follow her on Twitter.

FYI: While I don't have time to share my thoughts on every book I've added to my GoodReads (I wish I did! I love book talk!), please be aware I only add books that I like and recommend to my shelves.

If I had waited until December 30th to post this, I would not have blogged for exactly an entire year. Ridiculous! So much has happened in that time, like THIS IS NOT A TEST was shortlisted for the Inky and nominated for the White Pine, WHAT GOES AROUND was officially released, uh I am still not done my book…

(“So much has happened!” “[Lists less than five things that happened.]“)

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Average rating: 3.85 · 26,223 ratings · 4,067 reviews · 7 distinct works · Similar authors
Cracked Up to Be
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 8,776 ratings — published 2008 — 12 editions
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Some Girls Are
3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 7,677 ratings — published 2010 — 9 editions
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This is Not a Test
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 6,066 ratings — published 2012
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Fall for Anything
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 3,330 ratings — published 2010 — 3 editions
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All the Rage
3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 128 ratings — expected publication 2015 — 2 editions
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What Goes Around: Two Books...
4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 63 ratings — published 2013 — 4 editions
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Defy the Dark
3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 238 ratings — published 2013 — 6 editions
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Courtney and 6 other people liked Booknut's review of Cracked Up to Be:
Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers
" I'm going to stray a little from my normally cohesive review format, to discuss this rollercoaster ride of a book.

Some books - well, most books - have a way about them. They have this format where it's almost like the author has managed to zap the... " Read more of this review »
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Kelly added a status update: On the blog, I broke down the Best Fiction for Young Adults and Quick Pick books for 2013 and compared them to the "best of" lists published in December. Stats and charts galore!
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"Thanks, Nicole! All the cover designer's doing. :) I really like it too. "
"Aw, thanks Tiana, but it's a new-old book--a bind-up of CUTB and SGA. But my next (actual!) new one will be out in early 2013 so there's that. :) "
More of Courtney's books…
“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.”
Courtney Summers, Cracked Up to Be

“Write it down today, put it away, make sense of it tomorrow.”
Courtney Summers, Some Girls Are

“How does it feel to know that even at my worst, you're still not good enough?”
Courtney Summers, Cracked Up to Be



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“I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can't stop them. They leave me and I love them more.”
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“When I was a kid--10, 11, 12, 13--the thing I wanted most in the world was a best friend. I wanted to be important to people; to have people that understood me. I wanted to just be close to somebody. And back then, a thought would go through my head almost constantly: "There's never gonna be a room someplace where there's a group of people sitting around, having fun, hanging out, where one of them goes, 'You know what would be great? We should call Fiona. Yeah, that would be good.' That'll never happen. There's nothing interesting about me." I just felt like I was a sad little boring thing.”
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message 39: by Eugenia

Eugenia Thanks for accepting my friend request :)
I look forward to discussing books with you and discovering more of your work


message 38: by Jen

Jen Thanks for the ad! So many of your books are on my to-read list, thought it was time we became friends. :)

message 37: by Sangria

Sangria Thanks for your friendship, Courtney! :)

message 36: by Cory

Cory Ty for the add :]

message 35: by Rawan

Rawan thanks for accepting my request , I like your books , I am planning on reading this is not a test , once I can get a hold of a copy that is , if it's zombies then I am on board .

message 34: by Ellie

Ellie Thanks for the add! Such a huge fan of yours! Keep up the great work :)

message 33: by Terra

Terra I am a huge fan of ALL of your books, but I have to say, I love that you went a different route with the zombies in This is Not a Test. I had some crazy f'd up nightmares and I'm only half way through! I'm just LOVING this book!!!!

message 32: by Jasprit (last edited Feb 02, 2012 01:57AM)

Jasprit Hey Courtney thanks so much for accepting. I finished This is not a test yesterday and absolutely loved it! I will definitely be ordering it when it comes out. Can't wait to read the rest of your books soon :)

message 31: by Maggie

Maggie Thanks for accepting my friendship! :)

message 30: by Marina

Marina Hey, Courtney! Thanks for the friendship back!

Emily May I just really wanted to say that I love your books! I'm from the UK and not nearly enough people know about your novels over here - but I am spreading the word :)

message 28: by Robin

Robin Thank you for accepting my request!!

message 27: by Pamela

Pamela Hey Courtney...Thanks for accepting my friend request.

Steve Thanks for the add Courtney. Hope you're haveing a lovely day -x-

♠Miriam♠ Thanks for the add. When's ur b-day?

message 24: by Nic

Nic Thanks for the add. I am trying to wait patiently for my order to arrive with your books in it :)

message 23: by AB

AB If you ever, however briefly, exhaust your appetite for YA and want to read the most brutally effed-up plays in the world, Sarah Kane is your girl.

Courtney Terra wrote: "I just got Cracked up to be and I can't wait to start it!"

Hi Terra, sorry for the delay in my reply--thank you so much for reading! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed SGA & that it resonated with you. :) My next book is post-draft, pre-edits and if all goes according to plan, should be out in 2011. Thanks again for the comment & for all the kind words. I really appreciate them!

message 21: by Terra

Terra I just got Cracked up to be and I can't wait to start it!

message 20: by Terra

Terra I just finished reading Some Girls Are. I couldn't put it down. I loved it and I am going out this morning to buy Cracked up to be. Are you coming out with another book soon? I hope so, I love your writing style and I just can't wait to read what else you come out with. Your book was so relatable, even though I am ten years out 12 years out of High School, this book (Some Girls Are) make me want to go out an apologize to everyone I was ever mean to. I am a changed person, but I wasn't always the sweetest in School. Love the book!!!!!

message 19: by Dani

Dani Thanks for the add! Can't wait until I recieve my copy of Some Girls Are, it looks amazing! :)

Courtney Carmen wrote: "Thanks for adding me!
I loved your first book! Can't wait to read your next novel. :)"

Thanks so much, Carmen! I'm thrilled to hear that. :)

message 17: by Carmen

Carmen Thanks for adding me!
I loved your first book! Can't wait to read your next novel. :)

Courtney AB wrote: "Hey lady -- so that book Fall, by Colin McAdam, that I think I linked you to a ways back? Is on the Giller Prize shortlist. Literature about teenagers = TAKING OVER THE COUNTRY AMIRITE."

TOTES. I almost bought it in Chapters a while ago, but the prices of hardcovers = :/. There was a misprinted edition there! Like the lettering on the spine was transparent and it was cool but omg hardcover prices these days. I am really interested in it but I am not sure if the style will win me over (from what I've seen so far).

message 15: by AB

AB Hey lady -- so that book Fall, by Colin McAdam, that I think I linked you to a ways back? Is on the Giller Prize shortlist. Literature about teenagers = TAKING OVER THE COUNTRY AMIRITE.

Ellen Sara I just figured you were busy writing fantastic books. :)

Courtney Michele wrote: "Thanks for adding me. I loved your book. :)"

I didn't get this comment notifcication! I'm sorry for taking so long to response. Thank you, Michele! I'm thrilled you enjoyed it!!

Ellen Sara Thanks for adding me. I loved your book. :)

Courtney AB wrote: "Pssst, another book: !

Its author taught the course I just finished taking, which I'll say more about soon -- but Nancy's great, and from the s..."

I want to hear more!! & WOAH. That is an amazing title and cover.

message 10: by AB

AB Pssst, another book: !

Its author taught the course I just finished taking, which I'll say more about soon -- but Nancy's great, and from the sounds of listening to her talk about her own work/style, you and she would have much to discuss. :) Hang in there, girl.

Courtney AB wrote: "Well I may not be able to point you in the direction of Lady GaGa ray-bans, but this is a book I think you might wanna take a look at: so -- almost..."


message 8: by AB

AB Well I may not be able to point you in the direction of Lady GaGa ray-bans, but this is a book I think you might wanna take a look at: so -- almost as good, am I right?

Steph Su All the books that you're reading right now are ones I want to read. So I'm excited to see what you think of them! :)

Lauren (Shooting Stars Mag) thanks for adding me. the book looks great!!!

message 5: by AB

AB 201 PAGES! You're amazing. Go Courtney Go!

message 4: by AB


(Figuratively. Internet-ively. FOR NOW.)


message 2: by AB

AB Woman! Why are none of my copious book recommendations on your to-read shelf! [wounded sniffle]

message 1: by AB

AB Aw, I am pleased to be your first goodreads comment! And to be the first person to comment on your profile! Because seriously, imagine how many comments you're gonna get after you become a Goodreads Author with a zillion adoring fans? I'm just saying. ;)

Let me know what you think of that book when you're finished reading it, okay? The plot sounds super-super interesting. And I love the title.

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