Cracked Up to Be
Parker doesn't want to talk about it. She'd just like to be left alone, to disappear, to be ignored. ...more
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Every time I finish a book by Courtney Summers, all my brain seems to want to do is ponder the meaning of life.
It’s not even that her books are philosophical, but they’re just so raw that I feel emotionally connected to everything, and when I get to the last page, it all comes to a stop.
Except it doesn’t, because then I want to crawl back into the book and decorticate the main character some more. And I relate her to myself. And then I relate myself to the world. And then I relate the world to l ...more
Warning : I thought about it over and over, and the only way I feel writing this review includes a great amount of personal information. If you don't care about it, if you think that's not a review, if you - well, just thought I'd warn you.
"You know how when you meet someone and they just give you the impression they're living on this entirely different planet from everyone else? That's sort of how I felt when I met you."
I don't really know what to say. I mean, how am I supposed to say tha ...more
Behind the sarcasm, teenage angst, and melodrama is this very powerful story and intense read that will ultimately give a very important message especially to many of our young people today obsessed with the idea of popularity and perfection.
Parker, an eighteen year old teenager, suddenly decides that she doesn’t want to be popular anymore and ...more
Based on what I've read so far, Courtney Summers is easily one of my favourite young adult authors. Her books are incredibly raw and emotional and her talent for getting inside the mind of troubled teens isn't very common in young adult literature.
I admit that I didn't like this book quite as much as Some Girls Are but that isn't saying a lot, it was still powerful and moving. I expected to not like this novel as much because of the lower average rating than Some Girls Are, but I think the main ...more
The writing. If I hadn’t known that this was Summers’ debut novel, I wouldn’t have believed it. One of my most favorite boo ...more
The more of Courtney Summers I read, the more her work reminds me of Sara Zarr's. They write vastly different characters - Zarr's are more subdued, quiet; Summers' are often in-your-face obnoxious and loud. But what is similar about these two authors is how well-realized their narrators' voices are. Zarr's and Summers' characters are unique and real, often unlikable, but always unforgettable.
The protagonist of Cracked Up to Be, Parker, is hard to like. She is ...more
When I was in high school, I had to wear a uniform. Since it was an all-girls Catholic school, my morning went something like this:
6:00—alarm goes off. Snooze.
6:15—alarm goes off. ...more
Slight spoilers follow…
“I’d rather be certifiable than perpetually boring.”
Initial Final Page Thoughts.
I loved everything: the writing, the characters, the emotions, the subject.
*bats off hands*
This book was so small it could get lost in my back teeth.
I’m just being selfish because I wanted to spend more time with this book but hey, if book reviewers can’t be selfish then who can?
That is the real question, I think.
You know how I really lik ...more
Parker is the definition of a snarky bitch. She has an attitude you want to slap her for, but as a protagonist she's especially amusing and definitely entertaining. The used-to-be cheerleading captain turned angry emo tells us that something has happened to this girl to change her so drastically. This "something" is told to u ...more
Guys. I am so lost for words. This book made me feel things I just can't even...can't even. I liked it and I hated it. I loved it but wanted to punch it. I was obsessed with it and I wasn't obsessed with it. I couldn't put it down but when I did I felt a little bit lighter. I don't even know what to say, so how should I understand how to rate it?
Jake should know-well, everyone should know-there's no such thing as a decent human being. It's just an illusion.
And when i ...more
parker was nasty and only wallowed in her self-pity.
chris was pathetic,- i have this crazy feeling that when he told parker he loved her, he only meant he loved getti ...more
Parker is just a sad character. She pushes everyone away by being mean and rude any chance she gets. She doesn' ...more
“I was perfect... and then I wasn't.”
People change. Some change more than others, but they all change. Parker Fadley changed. Perfect Parker Fadley. Changed. A lot. From captain of the cheer squad, girlfriend of a hot guy and a constant high achiever, no one knows what happened to her. But something did. Something huge and so conflicting that Perfect Parker is now not talking to anyone about it. With her parents, teachers and fellow classmates watching her ev ...more
It was uninteresting and pointless. It sure wasn't moving or emotional to me.
We get into the mind of the bich/ex-"perfect" girl at school. I had the feeling that I was supposed to be sorry for her once we knew what her thoughts were, but that didn't happen for me. So what? it's not as if we don't know everyone has feelings no matter how good or bad they are and what she was thinking and feeling tow ...more
History repeats itself.
Fucking hell. This reminds me of the awesomeness of Some Boys.
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
I also realize that there are only a limited number of these authors.
Formulas are very constant in literature, especially in YA. Take Sarah Dessen – an author I respect and love as both a person and wr ...more
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 themselves between the pages, luring you inside and whispering the words into your awaiting mind and holding your hand as they lead you along the story's path.
But Cracked Up to Be was different. The author was barely noticeable. I lost myself in the thoug ...more
The ending was super rushed and I just wanted more from the story. On the plus side, I had all these feelings for Parker's parents! They were just trying to do the best for their daughter and were so lost. For having such a small part in the story, I really connected with them.
Verdict? Absolutely a good book, but not going to be a ...more
Parker is a fully realized character. She is so messy and complicated. There were times I wanted to laugh with her, smack her, and then just wrap her up in my arms.
I'm reeling after reading this and I will be thinking about it for days to come.
I really love Courtney Summers' writing. I find it to be raw and ralistic and I think she captures the emotion of her protaganists really well.
I was first introduced to her when I read FALL FOR ANYTHING with the Bookers and totally fell in love with her writing style.
In CRACKED UP TO BE, we have another "messed up" teen with angst and issues and that one big moment in her life that made her go "what's the point?" For Parker Fadley, it was, What's the point in trying to be ...more
Until I snap out of my lazy holiday phase and write an actual review, please do yourself a favour and read this post by Summers (some spoilers), on "nice" girls. Perfect post is perfect.
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