Cracked Up To Be (by Courtney Summers)

13 10 2010

Teenage problems, yadda yadda yadda, transgressive behavior, yadda yadda yadda, getting over ‘it’, yadda yadda yadda…. You have to be truly talented, and truly original to give your (debut) novel some kind of edge to stand out from the crowd.

The story  in Summers’ debut Cracked Up To Be takes place some time after ‘something dramatic’ has occurred. Everyone at Parker’s high school has gotten over it except of course our ‘Perfect’ Parker Fadley. The poor girl finds herself caught up in a web of guilt and she is all, all alone in her universe of despair…. Sigh…  Obviously our guilt-ridden heroine pushes everyone away in her desire to be all, all alone in the world, obviously her ‘real’ friends stand by her, even when she messes up royally (drinking, attempted suicide), and obviously there’s the New Kid (Jake) who will be the catalyst of drawing our depressed rebel (formerly known as the Cheerleading Captain, and all around Miss Popular) out of her shell. Sigh.

Yes, there are references to drugs, drinking, sex, rape, suicide,  and it’s an overall dark depressing read.  But that’s not what makes a good book. This book never captured me the way for instance, Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak did. Oh well, at least this book spared me from listening in on the boring conversations of overworked postal workers and train conductors, during my trainride home yesterday.



2 responses

24 07 2012
Beach Reads « Ringo the Cat's Blog

[…] Girls Are will bring out the Uber-Bitch in you if nothing else. In Cracked Up To Be, Courtney Summers already showed she has a knack for writing about high-school dynamics and the […]

18 08 2012
This is not a test (by Courtney Summers) « Ringo the Cat's Blog

[…] Summers’ number one fan. After the OK effort of Some Girls Are and the only mediocre (at best) Cracked Up To Be, the cat still wanted to give Courtney Does Zombie a go. Zombie splatter seems to be a good enough […]

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