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[[ download books ]] Cracked Up to BeAuthor Courtney Summers –

Seeing all these high ratings and that promising blurb, I was very excited for this After my last YA read turned out to be a mediocre one, i had high hopes for this but sadly this too was just another story which I would forget about in few months I know there was something dark in the Parker s past which turned her life upside down I gave Parker a lot of time to know her better, understand her but she just ruined it in the end if she was unable to help someone at a certain time then she was hundred chances Instead she just isolates herself and tries to cut everyone from her I tried my best to understand her behavior or what went through her mind, but I can t justify her actions.. The sooner you make a mistake and learn to live with it, the better You re not responsible for everything You can t control the way things end upBehind the sarcasm, teenage angst, and melodrama is this very powerful story and intense read that will ultimately give a very important message especially to many of our young people today obsessed with the idea of popularity and perfection.Parker, an eighteen year old teenager, suddenly decides that she doesn t want to be popular any and so she does the complete opposites of what she used to do as the most popular girl in school The reason behind this bravado or is it just bravado Well, read the book to find out I honestly admire Courtney Summers for her boldness and somewhat carelessness in her writing For instance, the use of abrupt transitions made the story even gripping and intense The way she managed to pique my curiosity from beginning until the very last page is fascinating.It s also a very rare talent to be able to portray an angsty, sarcastic, and bitchy teenage girl in a totally non annoying way and the author did exactly that while also managing to make the character sarcastically humorous that it was never a bore reading this The tone is actually a perfect combination of humor and grimness contributing to the originality of the entire storyI don t see the point of being a guidance counselor in high school if you can t have a gunThe characters although stereotyped are very effectively portrayed and you can t help but relate with them There s also one character by the name of Jake that I completely adore view spoiler I love his persistence, humor and his weirdness over women s monthly period Lol hide spoiler Warning I thought about it over and over, and the only way I feel writing this review includes a great amount of personal information If you don t care about it, if you think that s not a review, if you well, just thought I d warn you You know how when you meet someone and they just give you the impression they re living on this entirely different planet from everyone else That s sort of how I felt when I met you I don t really know what to say I mean, how am I supposed to say that I can relate to Parker without sounding like a bitch Because I do, but I m not, and I wasn t Lost a little I ll explain The fact is, above her actions, what stroke me the most in Parker was her need to be herself, even if the way she chose to do so appeared to be incredibly harsh and selfish at times What I love in Courtney Summers is the way she manages to take the high school stereotypes and to go further, to crack the shells in order to show what s hidden beneath all the craps we re served in so many young adult books You ve made a choice and it s so obvious I see it I accept it, she says Even if no one else can You want to rot and I want to let you If I struggled with Some Girls Are, that s because I found it difficult to imagine the situation there and I know that I m in the minority about this But the truth is, if I never saw groups of people behaving like these assholes in Some Girls Are, Parker sounds real to me, and yes, I can relate If I was never mean to people like she can be, I went through a tough phase when I was a teenager and yes, even if I kept an outgoing facade, people made me cringe at times and if I didn t do what she did to them, I thought about it many times Everything annoyed me, and I didn t even realize it I was so full of shit, frankly, if I could slap my younger self I d do it Well, I never wanted to die, never, and some of her actions were really awful, so I m not telling that I can understand all of Parker s decisions but anyway, I get her I still remember being hurt when the teacher made as big a fuss over my classmates lesser efforts as she did over mine, which was perfect Or maybe not as perfect as I thought Can you understand what she s feelingBecause I can No matter how ugly it sounds, oh, man, how I get this feeling I used to, anyway Trying to explain why I need everything to be perfect, being mad when people don t get it Oh, yes, Parker s struggles hit a nerve with me.But let s go some years ago I always was this weird kid who gets straight As and reads a lot, who never breaks the rules because never sees the point in it, whose success is expected, no matter what happens Don t get fooled, I wasn t lonely, as I always could count on a solid group of friends, but I was super serious until senior year My parents weren t really strict because 1 they trusted me and they were right to do so and 2 it was just not their way of raising us But on my senior year, I lost it I started to ditch school so often that school rang my parents twice a week and I developed a hell lot of tips to sneak out school without being caught Yet my rates didn t suffer too much, because I showed up for the tests and I spent my free time reading in France we can specialize in Junior and Senior years, and I was in Literature Philosophy Languages Why did I change all of a sudden The only thing I can say it s that I didn t want to be me any To be frank, I wasn t full of self loathing at all, in fact I think it was quite the opposite Or isn t it the same thing, after all I don t know any God, I was so conceited, as it seems that only teenagers can be I thought I got it all, and I couldn t have been wrong, but the expectations I felt on my shoulders were suddenly too hard to stand I m not saying I was right, that s only what it was Why am I telling you that Because I think that s why I can relate to Parker I can understand why she s acting out of character, or accurately, out of what others assume to be her personality Because sometimes, we need to destroy a part of ourselves to evolve, because the way we are seen is suffocating us And yes, we are hurting people who love us when we are acting that way, because we disturb the way they see us and what s unsettling than seeing our best friend, our girlfriend, our daughter suddenly changing Although I truly think that we mustn t lie to ourselves and never deny who we are, I can t deny that it s fucking difficult to deal with these changes when we are the people who are around Anyway, it took me years to learn to be less perfectionist, in my studies, in my work, in my life I never was like Parker about my appearance, though Because in the end, we realize that in addition to make our lives an hell, we make other lives an hell, and by others I mean people we care about No one will notice how wrong you are if everything you do ends up right Perhaps you think that it s not a review Let me disagree if I can relate on such a strong level, that s only because Courtney Summers s characters are so fleshed out I feel I can grab them and see a part of myself in them Parker sure doesn t make it easy to love her, she is unapologetic, smart ass, and straight on bitchy at some point But I I cared about her, deeply, as I did about Jack, Chris, and even Becky They feel so real to me that I can t help As usual, her writing is raw, beautiful and compelling, and I was hooked from the beginning Indeed her books are such page turners that I always know that I ll end reading them in a sitting Not to mention that we can t help but wait to know what happened to Parker to explain why she lost it view spoiler and yes it s awful, and difficult to not hate her for this, but to me that s not the point here hide spoiler Based on what I ve read so far, Courtney Summers is easily one of my favourite young adult authors Her books are incredibly raw and emotional and her talent for getting inside the mind of troubled teens isn t very common in young adult literature.I admit that I didn t like this book quite as much as Some Girls Are but that isn t saying a lot, it was still powerful and moving I expected to not like this novel as much because of the lower average rating than Some Girls Are, but I think the main reason for that is due to Parker Fadley being difficult to relate to if you re a teenage girl reading this.In Some Girls Are we understand the protagonist, we feel her pain when she is ostracised by people she once called best friends, and we also understand what she must be feeling to have no friends any and to want to be part of a crowd in high school Parker, on the other hand, wants none of this She is moody, sarcastic, she is that character in many young adult books that is put there for you to hate, seemingly nasty for no reason.But what if that girl who puts people down as soon as she meets them wasn t just a throwaway character meant to incite hatred What if she was a person with thoughts and feelings and reasons.This is what Courtney Summers does best She takes the cliche, the stereotypical high school bitch, and she gets inside her mind And it s a sad, lonely and eye opening place to be There has never been a bitch , high school or otherwise, that came out of her mother s womb that way.I truly love reading these books and I can t wait to read by Courtney Summers If you re just getting started with her novels, I recommend reading Some Girls Are first, mainly because I think that one speaks to a wider audience than Cracked Up to Be, which will suit some and not others.But whatever you do, do not make the mistake that these are typical high school novels with cute boys and mean girls, the covers can be misleading that way. I did not expect for that to happen at the end Despite the slow and boring buildup in the first half, I ended up enjoying the second half a lot especially, when the story started unraveling 3.5 stars because I was extremely bored during the first half of this book, but afterwards it picked up and I started to enjoy it immensely and almost cried I was supposed to be done reading this a year and a half ago but I didn t so here I am reading this now I m 70 pages in and so far it s very meh I m just reading about Parker s everyday life and I m kind of bored, ngl I hope something interesting happens soon. This book was everything that I hoped it was going to be and then some And I wish that I was a good writer so that I could write a review worthy of this book Why can t I just say that I loved it and that it was one of the most compelling books I ve ever read and that just be enough Because really I don t know why I like any book, I just do But if I must, I guess I will The writing If I hadn t known that this was Summers debut novel, I wouldn t have believed it One of my most favorite books of all time is Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, and this book parallels it s greatness, it may even surpass it Yeah it s that good I hope to be reading Summers in the future, she is an author to watch I don t want to get into the plot so much, because I want everyone to go in without any predispositions, well at least I don t personally want to give anything away, I m sure if you do some digging you can find some things out, but believe me, you don t want to I will say this much, I thought I had it figured out and I was wrong wrong wrong, and that is usually not the case I found this somewhere and I don t remember where, but it totally sums this book up A frightening and sobering look at the cruelty and viciousness that pervade much of contemporary high school life, as real as today s headlines Yeah I really wish I had written that myself This book does not have a sugary coating Which only makes me like it even And the characters, particularly perfect Parker Fadley, make this book an UNFORGETTABLE read Would I recommend it, absolutely Have I already been recommending it, you better believe it Who knew it was so hard to be perfect. I m thrilled to share that 12 years after its original publication, Cracked Up to Be will return This updated edition will include A stunning new cover designed by Kerri Resnick and illustrated by Agata Wierzbicka An interior design to match A foreword written by meOut February 4th, 2020 and available for preorder now.More info links So, I guess I just read these in opposite order 3 2 1 It s hard to pick a favorite but this one definitely hits the closest to home I don t know why, but I had it in my head that Cracked Up to Be and Some Girls Are were going to be similar novels like twin manifestos on the psychology of mean girls Parker and Regina may both sort into the mean girl category, but they are completely different, as are these two novels I think that Some Girls Are is a book about moving forward and away, but this book is about moving inward it s about going back to where you lost control.Parker was popular, captain of the cheerleading squad, at the top of her class, and in a long term relationship with Chris, her male counterpart Now she s failing, drinking in school, and sabotaging her friendships She may not even graduate It all seems to relate back to a party last spring, but what really happened I may not have loved every character in this book, but I felt like I knew them all Parker will probably be hard to sympathize with, but she s nauseatingly familiar to me I think that a large part of my teenage self was Parker Fadley Parker may be a gorgeous, former queen bee cheerleading captain, while I uh wasn t, but that really doesn t matter Courtney Summers has portrayed Parker s inner self her anxiety, her guilt, and her self imposed exile with such complete definition that it doesn t matter what her outer circumstances are For me, it s impossible not to relate to Parker The supporting cast is also completely well defined There are two boys in the picture, but I would never call this a love triangle Both characters have moments of mature sensitivity and kindness, but Courtney Summers never shies away from letting them be realistic teenage boys sex obsessed idiocy and all The insecure and bitter rival Becky still managed to tug at my sympathy.If you love uncompromising reality in your contemporary YA s, then you definitely need to check out Courtney Summers Toward the end I had a few worried moments, when I feared that Parker would become a soft, repentant, healed person, or that everything would get wrapped up with a big happily ever after for Parker s new relationship But I really should have known better Summers stays true to Parker s bitchy, insulting, defensive voice The relationship isn t a magic balm that s going to heal all of her issues only she can do that And it s going to take a lot of work The ending is hopeful, but still stays true to reality Perfect Musical PairingFiona Apple Fast As You CanFiona Apple creating anthems for angry bitches since 1996 Parker brings me so uncomfortably close to my former self that I had to choose something that I listened to as a 16 year old probably while shut up in my room, hating myself and brooding This song is a warning get away from me before I screw you over Also seen on The Readventurer. I have no idea what to do with this book I really don t It keeps breaking my heart EVERY OTHER PARAGRAPH. 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 Conselors 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 AllNobody Would Have Guessed She D Turn Out Like This But Nobody Knows The TruthSomething Horrible Has Happened, And It Just Might Be Her Fault