You guys are the best, for serious. You turned Cracked Up to Be’s release date into a big, awesome, ~*sparkly*~ party on my blog and I can’t thank you enough for that. And I feel totally sorry for everyone who didn’t participate in it because they totally missed this:


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REMEMBER THAT? WASN’T IT GREAT? Man, I’m glad someone got a picture because I don’t think we’ll see the likes of that on the internet again.

Anyway, I have a rule about replying to comments on entries that have some sort of contest going on (idk), but I would be seriously remiss if I didn’t take a minute to tell you guys how much you taking the time to !!! meant to me. It means more to me than Bella means to Edward, minus the sleepstalking (MAYBE), so thank you, even though that really doesn’t seem like a big enough word to cover it. You guys really rock.

And you made me cry.

I spent my release day at the mall. Yeah. Two days before Christmas. I don’t know what I was thinking, but I got FOUR SEASONS OF REBA out of it, so that’s okay. God, I love that show. Don’t you dare judge my taste in wholesome sitcoms. Reba haters to the left, you ain’t no friends of mine.

So now time for the draw! I plugged all of your names into a random generator and according to it, the person who gets a shiny new copy of Cracked Up to Be mailed to them is… ANNIKA! Yay, Annika! And then, I decided that maybe I would give away two because you know. It’s that giving time of year (or so I hear). So the SECOND person who is getting a shiny new copy of Cracked Up to Be mailed to them is… BRIONY! Yay, Briony! Thanks to everyone for participating. I’m sure it’s not the last draw I’ll have because I’m pretty slap-happy that way.

Cracked Up to Be had another crazy busy week while I was fending off pre-Christmas shoppers and getting four seasons of Reba. I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Yan over at Books By Their Cover. You can read the interview here. It was a lot of fun! Yan also gave Cracked Up to Be a really positive review, which you can read here. Thank you, Yan!

Two parts of my interview with Innovative, are up. You can read part 1 here, part 2 here. Keep your eye out for part three. Thank you so much for having me, Gabrielle! And bookmark Innovative if you haven’t, people. It is a terrific resource for readers and writers interested in YA novels.

More reviews (all spoiler-free) in chronoligical order (!):

“Do not let this fun, lovely cover fool you into thinking this is just another light young adult book – this book is far from happy, but it is completely enthralling” – The Book Zombie

“Courtney Summers has written an important, emotional, powerful book that you won’t want to put down.” – The Reading Zone

“It’s more than just your typical “edgy” YA fiction, and it’s more than just a mystery…” – Librarina

“Courtney Summers’ debut novel is not to be missed.” – Little Willow at SparkLife

“This book was ZOMG AMAZING [...] I wanted to know what the Horrible Thing That Happened was so bad that I couldn’t put the book down…” – The Frenetic Reader

“I absolutely adored Cracked Up to Be. This book easily made it into my Top 10 favorite books ever. ” – Book-luver Carol

“Cracked Up to Be is a book so honest its hurts. That is a primary reason I recommend this book for anyone writing for the young adult market.” – Anthony Pacheco

“Courtney Summers doles out the secrets in small portions, teasing the reader, and when the events of the party are finally revealed with nothing held back, the tension is palpable. And no matter how many hints Ms. Summers drops, you’ll never be able to guess Parker’s terrible secret. This debut author is just that good.” – TeensReadToo (5 stars)



Thank you, bloggers, for taking the time to read and review!

In conclusion, it was a pretty memorable and fantastic release week and as you can plainly see, I was the LAST one responsible for it. THANK YOU SO MUCH, GUYS.

You all make me feel like this:


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Lulz, sorry. Couldn’t resist.

BUT YOU REALLY DO.

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12 Responses to danke, danke, danke

  1. s. says:

    I LOVE YOU FOR THE ~SPARKLEMOTION~ GIF. oh what would we do without dancing ~rpattz~ bb?

  2. Cory says:

    That graphic is AMAZING.

    Those reviews are damned impressive, too. Congratulations! They made me really curious. It sucks that it won’t be out in the UK (where I get my books from) until February. Sigh!

  3. Hannah says:

    Ahahahaa, that pic just made my day that much more ~*sparkly*~. My copy of CUTB has yet to arrive. Can’t wait to read it!!

  4. Annika says:

    That is just so very mesmerizing. Gah.

  5. Briony says:

    HUZZAH! Thankee Courtney! You are the bestest co-president in the universe!

  6. Jen Hendren says:

    Bwhahahahaha! Sparkle Motion! That’s brilliant. (g)

  7. Jen Hendren says:

    You must forgive me for finking your author photo off your blog, but your Sparkle Motion inspired me to make a little video for you — in honor of the release of CRACKED UP TO BE.

    Enjoy. (vbg)

    http://jenniferhendren.blogspot.com/2008/12/this-is-so-wrong-its-right-all-in-honor.html

  8. sruble says:

    OMG, WTF is RPATZ doing? Seriously, that is one of the funniest things ever. Where did you find that? Can’t. Stop. Laughing.

    Loved CUTB. LOVED IT! Was AMAZING. Will talk with you later about it!!! (No spoilers here from me.) Got my Mom (former k-12 librarian) hooked on the first few pages and she’s going to go buy your book too :)

    Seriously, what is WITH the RPATZ dance-a-thon? It is freaking me out, but in a good way, ’cause it’s hilarious.

    Stephanie

  9. Emily says:

    Heyyyyyy!!! My legs look WAY better in sparkly blue tights! I WILL HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT! Congrats again, bb!! You only get to release your FIRST BOOK EVAR ~*ONCE*~. I HOPE IT WAS ALL CAPITALS AND SPARKLES AND !!!!!!!

  10. Liviania says:

    I am entranced by the gif.

  11. Veronique says:

    Dude I so totally dragged the boyfriend downtown to the Indigo bookstore on Ste-Catherine’s street this past Saturday (ICY SIDEWALKS FOR THE WIN it was a rainy day which would turn into ice when hitting the pavement, stupid) and we almost died three times. Once from falling on our ass way to the bookstore, once from falling on our ass on the way back to the car from the bookstore and once from a car who decided he wanted to changed lanes at the last second. SO I WENT THERE AND WAS ALL LIKE “ok dude follow me we need to go to the YA section” and then we went up two flights of stairs and i started looking around and the boyfriend said “don’t you want to ask, it would be faster” and i was all LIKE “NO NOT YET THE FUN IS IN FINDING IT SITTING THERE WAITING FOR YOU ON THE SHELF” but IT WASN’T THERE COURTNEY. so I got insulted and grumbled and told the boyfriend “how DARE THEY!” so I went and asked the cute salesgirl and totally stretched it out because it was such a delicious moment

    “hi”
    “good afternoon”
    “how are you”
    “… good, you”
    “good. i’m looking for a book”
    “uhm yes..”
    “can you perhaps help me?”
    “uhm yes..” (walks to the computer)
    “i’m looking for a specific book”
    “what is the title”
    “COURTNEYSUMMERSCRACKEDUPTOBE” *gigglegiggle*
    “and who’s the author?”
    “COURTNEY SUMMERS!!!”
    “uhm…” *typing*
    “you can just write courtney summers, it’s her first book”
    “oh really?”
    “yes, although she’s been signed for a second book”
    “oh, you know her?”
    “YES SHE IS MY FRIEND”

    AND THEN COURTNEY, YOU’LL BE SO HAPPY!!! SHE SAID THE MOST WONDERFUL THING SHE SAID “IS SHE CANADIAN?” and I GASPED AND SAID YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS and she said “How awesome”

    And she printed out a little green paper thingamagig with your book cover YOUR NAME and the phone number of the Indigo bookstore closest to my place (the one I was at was not the closest one but it was downtown AND THAT FELT SO MUCH MORE ROCKSTAR-ISH!!!) and I have it pinned up at work so I can give them a call this week. She said they each have 10 ordered but they haven’t come in yet.

    So that is the long story of how I didn’t buy your book (yet).

  12. courtney says:

    s: I THOUGHT OF YOU WHEN I PUT IT UP, BB. AND OUR MARRIAGE.

    Cory: Thank you so much! I lament the wait for the UK! But! It’s almost January, and then it’s only a month til February. :)

    Hannah: RPATTZ definitely has a ~*sparkly*~ effect. And I hope you enjoy the book when you read it!

    Annika: ISN’T IT. IT’S PRACTICALLY A CRIME.

    Briony: I AM BEST CO-PRESIDENT TO THE BEST CO-PRESIDENT.

    Jen: Twilight has the best image macros ever. And I ENJOYED THOSE VIDEOS. Left a comment in your blog. They made me lulz hardcore!!!!

    sruble: Happy New Year!!! I found it on the almighty internets. It has been around for ages. And aaah!!! Oh my God, I feel like I can breathe now. THANK YOU, I am so glad you enjoyed it. And for spreading the word to your Mom! Aaaah!!! THANK YOU.

    Emily: THANK YOU BB. IT TOTALLY WAS.

    Liviania: It is so ~*entrancing*~

    Vero: I LOVE YOU. AND I AM HANGING THAT COMMENT ON MY WALL. OMG. BEST. EVER. !!!!!!!