Cracked Up to Be – Courtney Summers.

Synopsis from Goodreads.
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 games…but what they don’t know, the real reason for this whole mess, isn’t something she can say out loud. It isn’t even something she can say to herself. A horrible thing has happened and it just might be her fault. If she can just remove herself from everybody–be totally alone–then everything will be okay…The problem is, nobody will let her.



Slight spoilers follow…

“I’d rather be certifiable than perpetually boring.”

Initial Final Page Thoughts.

High Points.
I loved everything: the writing, the characters, the emotions, the subject.
*bats off hands*

Low Points.
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 like my heroines to be decent human beings?
Well, I really really like my heroines to be bitches.
And I don’t mean the uh-oh-she-has-blonde-hair-and-she’s-a-cheerleader (or the British equivalent which is… um, something)-and-her-boyfriend-is-smokin’-and-has-hidden-depths-and-probably-will-end-up-with-the-heroine kinda bitch.
I mean, like, real bitches.
Parker is no cookie cutter bitch.
She is brilliant and I’m saying no more because I don’t want to spoil things.

Except that I have a total girlcrush on her and I have a feeling it’s all going to end in tears.

Love Interest(s).
Eh, who am I kidding?
This is Parker’s story… these boys didn’t even had a look in.

Theme Tune.

Girls Like You by The Naked and Famous.

Sadness Scale
I’ve never understood the belief that a book can only be classed as having a happy ending if the MC gets with the boy/girl.
Surely the reader, if they really connected with a character, would want to see them battle fearlessly against what is plaguing them and destroying them from the inside?
With that in mind,and only a slight implied spoiler, this is one of the happiest and hopeful endings I’ve read in a long time.

The subject matter of Cracked Up to Be (secrets) has been done before; but never quite like this.
It’s remarkable that a book of only 200 pages can be so rich and dense with realistic emotions.
So, bravo Ms Summers. Bravo.
Oh and also, it took me about three hours to read this book.
Coincidentally that was half the amount of time it took me to get over one scene, towards the end. Jeez louise. Was that necessary?! WAS IT?!

Recommended For.
People who don’t believe that the purpose of boys in literature is to solve every problem that faces the heroine. People who like their heroines with a bit of spark…and sadistic, manipulative and incredibly clever. People who get frustrated when authors can’t handle a flashback (MS Summers can, by the by). People who look for deeper-meanings in art projects. People whose idea of “romantic” is no underwear. People who don’t get overly attached to fictional critters.

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