Cracked Up to Be: A Novel

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St. Martin's Press, Dec 23, 2008 - Young Adult Fiction - 224 pages
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In this young adult novel debut, the story of a girl too smart for her own good who, after one tragic night, decides to reject the popular life in exchange for one of solitude.

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.

Cracked Up To Be gives you Parker, her world, her friends, straight up, no chaser. You won't forget her.” —Kathe Koja author of Kissing The Bee

 

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For fuck's sake, an easy four stars - I am born to love neurotic teen girl characters since I was/am one myself - but then the dog. The fucking dog. Literally the one thing I will never, ever forgive ... Read full review

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For fuck's sake, an easy four stars - I am born to love neurotic teen girl characters since I was/am one myself - but then the dog. The fucking dog. Literally the one thing I will never, ever forgive ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Courtney Summers is the author of young adult novels including Fall for Anything and Some Girls Are. She lives and writes in Canada, where she divides her time between a piano, a camera, and a word-processing program when she's not planning for the impending zombie apocalypse.

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