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Cracked Up To Be
by Courtney Summers
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Griffin, 2008 (2008)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

The mystery - of what turned perfect Parker Fadley overnight from a driven honor student and cheerleader captain into the school loser - pulls the reader through Courtney Summers' Cracked Up To Be. The author reveals tantalising pieces of the puzzle through flashbacks as Parker lashes out at everyone around her and careens from one high school crisis to another.

People try to help Parker - her parents, her ex-boyfriend Chris (who still cares even though he's dating another), the school principal and guidance counselor - but she rejects them all. Only a new student at the school, one with a big issue of his own, is able to get even a little close to Parker. And it's Jake's curiosity about past events - as well as the return to school of another traumatized teenager, Evan - that become the catalyst for answers to the puzzle of Parker's self-destructive misbehavior and anxiety attacks - and the key to another darker mystery.

I highly recommend Cracked Up To Be as a very well written, engrossing read. Don't miss it!

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