Friday, 13 March 2009

Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers

From Amazon: 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.

I think I may be in the minority here, as I've read so many glowing reviews of Cracked Up to Be, but I just didn't like it.

I didn't connect with any of the characters; least of all Parker. I thought she was ridiculously self-centred, and her constant quest to be a bitch to everyone really got on my nerves. The only character that stood out for me was Jake, and that's because he stayed by Parker's side even though she treated him like he meant nothing to her.

I found myself quite bored throughout the first eighty pages or so, though it did pick up after that. I don't think a lot actually happened, and the mystery was too drawn out. The revelation also left me wanting more as, after seeing how it had affected Parker, it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be.

After saying all this, there were a few things I liked. I liked Parker's dry, biting comments, and her inept ability to behave appropriately in school. I liked Courtney Summer's writing style, and I like the cover. My favourite part of the book, however, is this amazing last line from page #182:

It's terrible in its gentleness and he's just wasting it on me.


Steph Su said...

Hooray for honest reviews! This may sound weird, but I like differing opinions on books. I want to read this one and we'll see if I like it or not. :)

Amy said...

i thought parker was purposely making herself not personal, thus why she didn't connect with the reader. I aggree with you though, the humor was way witty.

Chicklish said...

Interesting review, and it has really made me want to read the book, too!

prophecygirl said...

Amy - yeah, she was, I agree. Even so, I feel that the reader should still have felt *something* for her, otherwise, what's the point?

Ladytink_534 said...

I've heard all the glowing reviews too but it doesn't really appeal to me so I haven't picked it up so far.

Erika Lynn said...

I am sad you didn't really like it because I have really been wanting to read it.

H said...

I really want to read this soon. Soory you didn't like it.
Oh and btw, love the new background =)