Cracked Up To Be By: Courtney Summers

Synopsis: What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?

When “Perfect” Parker Fadley starts drinking at school and failing her classes, all of S …more What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?

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 her on suicide watch and her counselors are demanding the truth. Worse, there’s a nice guy falling in love with her and he’s making her feel things again when she’d really rather not be feeling anything at all.

Nobody would have guessed she’d turn out like this. But nobody knows the truth.

Something horrible has happened, and it just might be her fault.

This book was bundle of emotions. I’m being in honest in saying I’m not sure how to open this up. We start off with “Perfect” Parker Fadley (I must say I love the name Parker). Parker just wants to be left alone. She’s rude, she talks back, and she cares about no one. That doesn’t stop new kid Jake from liking her or her ex-boyfriend Chris from still loving her. Despite Parker’s facade, everyone knows who she used to be, but no one knows why she’s had a fall from grace.

I’ll admit, I ripped through this one fast. Each end of the chapter just pulled me into the next, and before I knew it, I was done. I’ve got to be honest and say though I was happy for Parker with the way it ended, but the ending didn’t satisfy me. Don’t get me wrong, this was a very good book. I really like how it covers a few issues.
One: Even though you’ve changed, there are still people who will always be there for you.
Two: You need to learn to let people help you, it may be the only way to get yourself through a situation.
Three: Just because something bad happened, it doesn’t mean it was your fault. You may have not done anything to prevent it, but that doesn’t mean it’s your fault.
Four: Being perfect isn’t always the right thing.

So characters: I really liked Parker. Bad ass, sassy Parker! She played a great role, and taught the reader a lot of lessons. Becky, well I thought becky was a b*tch like Parker did. Haha. Jake – Cute new boy jake. He was such a good guy and though Parker didn’t deserve it, he was really good to her. And Chris – I really, really, reaaaalllly liked him. What a good guy. Oh Parker you IDIOT!

This book is defiantly worth a read. I defiantly bawled my eyes out during one chapter, because I get emotional when a *certain* thing happens, so that scene really pulled at my tears. Very well written. Not a favorite, but it was a very good book and I’m looking forward to reading her other books “Some Girls Are” and “Fall For Anything”.

Published by Jena Freeth

30. Boy mom. Book lover. Fitness junkie. Shopaholic.

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