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Courtney Summers

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Courtney Summers was born in Belleville, Ontario, 1986. At age 14, she dropped out of high school. At age 18, she wrote her first novel. Cracked Up to Be was published in 2008, when she was 22 and went on to win the 2009 CYBIL award in YA fiction. Since then, she’s published four more critically acclaimed books: Some Girls Are, Fall for Anything, This is Not a Test and All the Rage, as well as an e-novella, Please Remain Calm which is a sequel to This is Not a Test. Her new novel, Sadie, hits bookstores September 4th, 2018 and is available for preorder now. In 2016, Courtney was named one of Flare Magazine’s 60 under 30.

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Courtney Summers Thank you for all your kind words and sorry for the delay in response!!! I'm currently working on my next book and as soon as I've got news to share…moreThank you for all your kind words and sorry for the delay in response!!! I'm currently working on my next book and as soon as I've got news to share about it, I absolutely will. As for a sequel to Please Remain Calm, I'm getting the sense from the questions I get about it I should start seriously considering it... :) (less)
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Something that always struck me in a lot of zombie apocalypse stories was that many of their protagonists possess this incredible will to survive. They might have moments of self-doubt and despair, but they work past it and fight their way through. But what if you didn't? What if that's just not how you were built? I started thinking about what it would be like to explore an apocalypse through the eyes of someone who didn't want to survive anymore and with that, Sloane's story started coming into place.

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A gripping novel about a missing girl on a journey of revenge and a Serial-like podcast following the clues she's left behind; poised to be the next book you won't be able to stop talking about. Add it to your To-Read shelf today!

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“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.”
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“How does it feel to know that even at my worst, you're still not good enough?”
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message 43: by Nafia

Nafia Zalal Omg thank you thank you thank you so much for accepting my request!!!!!!! I'm a huge fan your writing!! <3


message 42: by Sana (last edited Dec 09, 2016 08:05AM)

Sana Thank you so much for accepting my friend request! I love your writing! ♥


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message 40: by Carla

Carla Thank you for accepting my friend request :)
All The Rage was so worth the wait and I will definitely read every book that you write in the future :')


message 39: by Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ (last edited Feb 24, 2015 05:48AM)

Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ Thank you so much for accepting my request! Your books are amazing and I can't seem to get enough of them....Especially Some Girls Are and This is Not a Test. So amazing. ♥

Can hardly wait for All the Rage!


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

Genie


message 37: 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 36: by Sangria

Sangria Thanks for your friendship, Courtney! :)


message 35: by Cory

Cory Ty for the add :]


message 34: 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 33: by Ellie

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


message 32: 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 31: 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 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!
Courtney


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: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/82... !

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.
xo




message 10: by AB

AB Pssst, another book: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/82... !

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: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33... so -- almost..."

TOTES.



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: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33... 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) Becker thanks for adding me. the book looks great!!!
-lauren


message 5: by AB

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


message 4: by AB

AB YOUR BOOK IS ON MAH SHELF, WOMAN!

(Figuratively. Internet-ively. FOR NOW.)


Jessica YOUR BOOK IS ON GOODREADS!


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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