I’m honestly a tiny bit embarrassed to be featuring this review simply due to the fact that this was one of the first reviews I’d ever written and I personally think it’s just horrible. No worries, of course, as I didn’t go back and edit the whole thing–it’s been a long time since I read this book anyway–but I did tweak the way I had my rating (I didn’t use foxes way back when I first began this blog). Cracked Up to Be was my first introduction to Courtney Summers and the book was not at all what I had initially expected it to be. I definitely found this to be a good thing and have a really strong appreciation for this book and the issues it brings up. It’s a large part of the reason why I wanted to read more of her works, though ironically I still haven’t managed to get around to it after all these years.
Parker Fadley has stumbled into a life of excessive drinking and basically wants nothing to do with the world and people around her. Though she was once a popular cheerleader who cared about her grades and status, but now her grades are slipping and the perfect life that she has built up is crumbling, all seemingly due to her own personal choice. But Parker won’t talk to anyone about her “fall from grace” and truly desires to avoid the past trauma that has caused this sudden change in her demeanor. A novel that will keep you on your toes, Cracked Up to Be is definitely worth reading.
I don’t think I’ve done a fantastic job of selling this book, in truth, and I may one day go back and see if I can rewrite this entire review, but feel free to check it out before I do if you’d like. I imagine, however, that there are far better reviews for this book on Goodreads, so you should definitely visit there if you feel like you’re interested in reading this book and learning a bit more about Parker.