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Cracked Up to BeWhen 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 fal Every time I finish a book by Courtney Summers all my brain seems to want to do is ponder the meaning of lifeIt’s not even that her books are philosophical but they’re just so raw that I feel emotionally connected to everything and when I get to the last page it all comes to a stopExcept it doesn’t because then I want to crawl back into the book and decorticate the main character some And I relate her to myself And then I relate myself to the world And then I relate the world to lifeIt’s a peculiar longish procedure which is why I don’t read Courtney Summers’ works all that often Not that she has tons of novels writtenWhy doesn’t she have tons of novels written? She sure has the talent and imagination necessary and I especially like how she doesn’t write what most people love reading aboutFor instance Parker – the heroine – is messed up She did something bad and she thinks she has to pay for it by sweeping everyone out of her life One by one She wants to be left alone wallowing in her miseryShe’s mean She’s unpleasantly honest And she’s unreliable She’ll make us think that we know her but the truth is we don’t Even she isn’t always sure what she wants I love these types of characters so much A teacher I once had told us that the best characters we’ll come across in literature will be imperfect She said those are the ones readers will be able to connect with You know why Because we’re imperfect yet we still seek perfectionJust ask Parker she knows all about it She used to be popular heard of class and strikingly good at everything A perfectionist Before she fell apartWhat I also like about Summers’ books is how she never tries to overwhelm us She paces her novels well and never adds the kind of thick atmosphere that will make us feel uncomfortable or unable to breatheHer novels are strangely uiet It’s all calm until it isn’t any and then it’s calm again Like the sea But the themes are always so powerful that sometimes we’re scared we’re not going to be able to get them out of our mindsSigh I just can’t recommend this author enoughBD | Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google | Bloglovin’

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Free ePub Æ mobi Cracked Up to Be ó 9781250256973 Ë moneyexpresscard í 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 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 fau Parker Fadley is perfect She has perfect grades she's captain of the cheerleading suad dating the most popular boy school and has a bright future ahead of her Until it all goes wrong and Parker finds herself starring in a new role that of the perfect mess I read this book in 1 sitting It wasn't as compelling a read for me as Sadie but I was hooked and emotionally invested in finding out what had led to Parker's unraveling I really enjoyed the way Courtney Summers wove in the back story revealing a small bit at a time Many might find Parker unlikable but I saw a girl trying desperately to push others away in an attempt to deal with something that was obviously traumatic and overwhelming I felt bad for her and loved how Jake saw through the armor and caught glimpses of the girl underneath it all This one has strong themes suicide rape underage drinking depression anxiety and panic attacks I thought it was emotional and dark but the ending left me filled with hope This was a strong debut and I'm glad it was rereleased Courtney Summers is a must read author

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Len 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 ☠ 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 feeling? Because 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 meBut 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 1they trusted me and they were right to do so and 2it 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 uite 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 spoilerand yes it's awful and difficult to not hate her for this but to me that's not the point here hide spoiler