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What Goes Around: Cracked Up to Be / Some Girls Are

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  270 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
Courtney Summers fans are in for a treat! Two of her most critically acclaimed titles bound together for the price of one. In Cracked Up To Be, 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 gam ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published January 1st 2013)
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Dec 18, 2012 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is my book of books!
E. Mellyberry
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book
I'm rating it for the first part of the book only. 'Cracked up to be' is mesmerizing and I love Parker's voice so much. Everytime she opened her mouth to say something, I tried to up her by saying someting back--something wittier, smarter, bitchier--but I failed. Parker was unbeatable :)
I love both Chris and Jake, but I'm leaning toward Chris more. Okay. A lot. I'm pretty sure majority of the readers would take Jake's side, but boy, do I adore Chris. xoxo...

I DNF-ed the second part 'Some Girls
Amy's Book Reviews

Grade: C-

Perfect, popular, Parker has never been a nice girl, but since she turned to drinking after her best friend went missing, she's taken uber-bitch to a new level. If Courtney Summers didn't write with such raw, compelling voice, I probably wouldn't have finished CRACKED UP TO BE.

Yes, Parker was a complicated character and she carried pain with her, but in real life, I haven't seen a lot of teenagers have so much pain that this was an excuse for acting like they didn't car
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful duo. Can't wait for Summers' next.
Lexi Weber
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In the first half of the book, Cracked Up to Be, Courtney Summers gives you a look into how cruel some girls can be in high school. The main character Regina, struggles with popularity and addiction. This book gives you an inside look at the reality of high school. In Cracked Up to Be Regina struggles with loosing friends, loosing her popularity status, and being raped. Here is a quote that is relatable to many high school students, "Four years, two suicides, one death, one rape, two pregnancies ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Courtney Summers’ This Is Not a Test turned out to be one of my favorite books of 2012, though I never would have guessed it. Thus, I was thrilled to get a review copy of What Goes Around, which conveniently contains the two Summers books I have yet to read. I do not know what I’ll do with my life now that I have no more Courtney Summers. All the Rage needs to hurry up.

Read the full review at A Reader of Fictions.
Oct 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
At first, I was really excited to read this book but I was just sooo disappointed at everything. The characters to me were so cliche and I could not realte to any of them. Idk why this book has high ratings. In my opinion it was an epic FAILURE!
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read, especially for high school students!
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Liked the second story more than the first one. The second one was pretty intense.
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Stupid. Stupid. Stupid girls.
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Content wise it would have had more stars but I really didn't like any of the characters.
Mar 18, 2017 added it
Loved it loved it loved it!
Katelyn Patterson
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
publisher: St. Martin's Press


Man, being a teenager is hard. Reading these brings back so many memories. Luckily I didn't experience some of the things these girls experienced. Flailing, feeling like what your peers think is the most important thing in the world, feeling like no one understands you, not having anywhere to turn... those are universal teenager experiences that this book, really these two books, address.

In Cracked Up To Be, Parker Fadley was once one of the golden children of her
Selim Ahm
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really liked this, both books had their strengths and weaknesses.

Cracked Up to Be: I really enjoyed Parker's ability to just bulldoze people with sheer honesty and by not giving a single fuck about social conventions and the like. She is not unsociable because of some quirk or whatnot or because she doesn't understand people or anything like that.

She does, she knows people, knows how communication works, how people use little lies and ignore some things to be civil and talk and she ignores all o
Feb 28, 2014 added it
In Cracked Up To Be, Courtney Summers really shows how cruel high school-aged girls can be. The main character, Regina struggles with both addiction and popularity.The author paints a picture of the horrible things that can go down in High School like rape, alcoholism, abusive relationships, and struggling to fit in. This quote from the book shows the reality and harshness of the teenage years and High School. “Imagine 4 years.
Four years, two suicides, one death, one rape, two pregnancies (one a
Monica Meyer
Feb 28, 2014 rated it liked it
The first half of the book, Cracked Up to Be, gave a real thought on how rude some people can be to others in high school. Regina was one of the main characters and she had problems with popularity and what turned into addiction. Regina struggled with losing her friends and popularity and being raped. One of the quotes from the book that I felt describes how high school drama is, “The sooner you make a mistake and learn to live with it, the better. You’re not responsible for everything. You can’ ...more
This book is on my TBR stack. It contains Cracked Up to Be and Some Girls Are, the latter of which was originally a book on the reading list of West Ashley High School for this summer, but then pulled because of parent protest. What happened next is very cool, much cooler than banned books. Book lovers of the internet rose to the occasion and have supplied literally hundreds (yes, hundreds. 830 at the last count, I think) of copies for teens to read. Read about the adventure here. I have picked ...more
Kelly Hager
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Because I've read and reviewed them before, separately, this is going to be an unusual review. It's not so much about these particular books as why you need to read Courtney Summers.

This omnibus is the perfect introduction to this author. Her books tend to be pretty bleak. There's humor, but it tends to be incredibly dark and sardonic (my favorite kind of humor). Ultimately, though, it's an incredibly realistic portrayal of high school. This isn't Grease or even Mean Girls; this is Welcome to th
Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
I didn’t like “Cracked Up To Be.” The main character (Parker) was not likeable at all. Something major had happened which was why she was depressed and trying to push everyone away, but we don’t really get to know what exactly happened until all the small snippets throughout the book come together near the end. I had nothing for this character; she was so horrible to people. But I didn’t understand those people either... You can only save a person who doesn’t want to be saved so many times. I di ...more
Jul 17, 2016 rated it liked it
I was disappointed in these books, both deal with the issue of rape (as did a third book by summers that k currently read). While I think it's a topic that needs to be discussed and summers does it well, the books ended up being to similar for my liking. I liked the first a tad more because I related more to Parker and her need to be perfect. But the girls are always so mean and the boys just fall them for them even when they are being treated like crap. It would be nice to see boys who don't ta ...more
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Quick thoughts because I may have totally stayed up passed midnight to finish this omnibus.

Cracked Up to Be - mixed bag, didn't care for it. There were a few parts I really enjoyed, but overall I REALLY disliked Parker and found her to be someone too difficult to sympathize with half the time. 2.5/5, may be a 3.

Some Girls Are - I'd give all the stars to it. I was completely glued from start to finish and I couldn't stop turning the pages. Regina's voice was infectious and she was wonderfully awf
Beverly (kessekisses)
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Some Girls Are By: Courtney Summers: This book is super amazing. It centers on a 17 year old girl named Regina. She used to be popular until she was cut of by her close group of friends. This is a story of bullying. If you have ever been bullied, then, you will relate to this book and understand Regina’s story. This book is emotional, filled with so much that your heart will break. Regina is forced to grow up and realize that life is not simple, black or white, and that people will change when y ...more
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYBODY.
I have this copy, but posted my review for each novel in their actual separate spots.

Cracked Up to Be

Some Girls Are

Though if you would prefer the tl;dr version:

It's freaking amazing. Go buy it. And come suffer with me as you realize Summer's next book doesn't come out until 2015.

*sobs* The only one I haven't read is Fall for Anything! HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO LIVE?!

Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, ya
Two of my favorite books in one. I actually this was a brilliant idea to put these two books together as they are very similar and short. So, you are going to want to dive right into the next book. It was pretty interesting reading the books back to back like that, and I hadn't read Cracked Up to Be in so looooong, I was weeping all morning. Parker is one of my favorite characters and I am sad to say goodbye to her yet again. I will be re-reading both books forever.
Lindsey Kay
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you're looking for a "school is hell" novel, this is the book to read. Courtney Summers writes with a visceral wit and a kind of clarity that can be quite rare. She portrays a side of youth that seems almost too horrible to be real, but at the same time feels horrifyingly familiar. Yet, at the end of the day, her heroines seem to find some way through the pain to a kind of light.

An enjoyable, albeit painful, read.
Taylor Neunaber
Mar 10, 2014 rated it liked it
This novel shows you how private school or high school in general can suck, but it also shows you how you can deal with things, giving bad and good examples. This book talks about the real truth of alcoholism, drugs, sex and romance so young in high school. The second half is called Some Girls Are, I didnt enjoy the second half as much as a did the first.
Jess Lashway
Mar 13, 2014 rated it liked it
I really found the first story very hard to follow and un interesting I was able to finish it but it was very dull...

The second story however..
Very much reminded me of mean girls, I loved the second story
it raises attention to bullying and I feel like a lot of teens can relate to this story!! In other words if you loved mean girls you will love this!!
Jim D
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
A very stark and blunt book about high school drama. I did not like the main character very much, but her attitude was purposely meant to drive people away. The reason for the drama was drawn out over the course of the story, and when i got to it, I was surprised at what it was. I just didnt care for it that much. The second book included in it did not appeal to me.
Aug 26, 2013 marked it as to-read
Dyou see this?? :D And you can win yourself a copy right here:
Tatiana Robinson
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm not going to lie I liked these books so much a shed a tear. And I never cry in books.
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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 ...more
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