Cracked up to Be

Cracked up to Be

Book - 2009 | First edition.
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High school senior Parker Fadley has quit the cheerleading squad, broken up with her popular boyfriend, and is in danger of not graduating with her class, but she refuses to tell anyone what has precipitated this sudden change in her attitude and behavior, insisting that she only wants to be left alone.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2009.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780312383695
Branch Call Number: SUMME
Characteristics: 214 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Cracked up to be : a novel


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Jul 28, 2016

This book was very unique, but it seems like only certain people would enjoy it, though it was very well written. Even though I don't usually read books like this, it was still enjoyable. I recommend it.

FindingJane Dec 15, 2014

Parker Fadley is one of the most unpleasant, nastiest literary creations you’ll ever read. Deliberately anti-social, difficult, sarcastic and mean spirited, she has driven away everyone who knows her. The writer has done an excellent job of making her so repellant that even the reader is certain to dislike her. But teasing flashbacks and her own past history as a popular girl are skillfully inserted to let the reader know there is more going on than what lies on the surface.

Parker’s attempts to maintain her newly toughened outer layers and struggles to fight against the all-too-human need for social interaction and warmth are laid out with blunt language. Each encounter with her is a verbal slap to the face, an astonishing feat for a debut writer.

However, in spite of her self-satisfied ability to manipulate others, she can’t fight against the treacherous urgencies of her own body—her snapping fingers, shaking hands, panic attacks, uncontrolled vomiting and insidious cravings for alcohol. This is a girl with issues and the author tantalizes us with trying to figure out the mystery behind her warped behavior.

This is brutal, honest writing about the flip side of being an adolescent and not typical YA fiction by any means. The romance is stumbling and halting, the boy definitely doesn’t get the girl and Parker’s ultimate fate is ambiguous. But that’s life and Ms. Summers knows better than to provide easy answers.

This debut novel is a provocative read. Any reader who prefers challenges should go through it at least once.

universalPuppy Jun 06, 2013

A good book, it was funny and sad and a very interesting read. I thought it definitely captured how teens think (or don't think) and act.

JadziaRene Jun 11, 2012

really good book and really realistic to how real teens least teens like Parker. #readthisbook

Mar 11, 2012

Decent book, quite a bit of cursing but overall a bit unique and an interesting read

Aug 04, 2011

A REALLY good book. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Unique writing style. You will not be able to put this one down!

May 24, 2011

i found this book really interesting and i liked it a lot more than i thought i would.

May 24, 2011

i thought this book related to teens well:)

Jan 20, 2011

This was a good book for me. It kept me reading to find out what happened, and the main character is pretty different from the books I usually read.

Jan 12, 2011

i actually liked the book, i recommend it. it's interesting and a good laugh at times. but there;s alot of swearing, but if you're used to swears and don't mind, it's a good book. this is my opinion and im 13 yrs old.

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May 04, 2010

Coarse Language: The language here comes on a bit strong but it's the content that mattered. If you're a strong enough reader you can ignore it and focus on the book.

Mar 01, 2010

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.


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Devashar Apr 07, 2010

"I'm a fantastic crier. Everyone is on suicide watch."
pg. 35

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