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Earlier this morning when I looked out the window and it was like, BLIZZARDING HORRIBLY, I decided the finished copies of Cracked Up to Be would not arrive because I had this sneaking suspicion the UPS people probably valued their lives more than my happiness (UPS people are so selfish that way). So I went to bed and wept soft, sad tears of impatience…

FOR NOTHING.

BECAUSE UPS CAME TODAY!

I stared at the envelope in wonder. What would the spine look like? The back? I was dying to see both. And then I spent thirty minutes struggling to open the package because apparently writing does not build up arm muscle. Who knew. Maybe if my family hadn’t stood around LAUGHING AT ME for all thirty of those minutes, this blog entry would be coming to you thirty minutes sooner, but that is neither here nor there because:



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they're here!!!

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Yes, the lighting for the photographs kind of sucks. This is what happens when you live in an environmentally friendly house, SIGH! But ooh, they look so nice in person, you guys. They’re all matte and green and the back is so nice and they’re so soft and cuddly. Yes, I have been cuddling my book. Rubbing it all over my face, even. Oh yeah.

[rub rub rub]

Thank you, St. Martin’s Press! Thank you, Sara! Thank you, Amy! Thank you, Santa!!! Thank you, everyone reading this for being there for this and every moment leading up to it! Thank you to my husband ~*RPATTZ*~ for being my rock. GROUP HUG!

Geeky moment: I held it up next to my favourite Alyson Noel book, Saving Zoe (you guys get that book ASAP and then we can anticipate Evermore together). And then I was like, “I’m published where she’s published!” And then I pinched my arm like, 500 times.

So this is what it says on the back of the book, which is different than what is floating around the Internets:

WHAT’S THE WORST THING YOU’VE EVER DONE?

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 future valedictorian fallen 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 counselors are demanding the truth. Worse, there’s a nice guy falling in love with her and he’s making her feel things again when she’d really rather not be feeling anything at all.

Nobody would have guessed she’s turn out like this. But nobody knows the truth.

Something horrible has happened, and it just might be her fault.



You know how you can find out what horrible thing happened?! You can buy the book or you can wait for someone to inevitably spoil it, but I would go for the former, because I’m gonna go all JK Rowling on people’s asses about spoilers. Except not really, because I don’t think people would be all that afraid of someone who can’t even open the envelope her finished copies arrived in and I hear JK Rowling opens her author copies with HER TEETH.

Anyways, while I have been busy napping and toughing out my revisions for SGA, Cracked Up to Be has been having a pretty hectic week. First it are become a book and and now, since LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer copies shipped, it’s starting to get… reviewed! By book bloggers! Who seem to like it! Check it:

Megan at Write Meg! said: “Summers’s writing is succint, moving and deliberate. It doesn’t feel like there’s a word that out-of-place. As I went on the emotional journey of reconciliation with Parker, I felt like maybe I was reconciling something, too. The ending did catch me by surprise, but was wholly satisfying. I can’t recommend this book highly enough — in fact, I can’t really think of anything I disliked about it.”

Read the full, spoiler-free review here.




Sharon at Sharon Loves Books and Cats said: “I was hooked on this book from the start. I had a late night because could not go to bed until I finished reading the entire book. […] As for the plot, it was intense and fast paced.”

Read the full, spoiler-free review here.




SPOILER ALERT!
Runa at One Reader’s Trash… said: “This is one book where the ending really reverberates and it’s not one you’re likely to forget. I loved the big moments. There were times when I thought I knew, without a doubt, what was going to happen, but then pleasantly found out that I was completely wrong.”

Read the (SPOILER ALERT!) review here.



It’s really crazy–good crazy–to me that people are not only taking the time to read the book, but to take the time to share their opinions on it. I’m really grateful that Cracked Up to Be has received such thoughtful/considered reviews. Thank you, book bloggers!

Earlier this week, I did an interview with the loverly ladies at The 5 Randoms. If this entry hasn’t made your eyes cross with Courtney overload, you can read it over here.

And that’s pretty much everything. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some book caressing to do. It sounds so wrong, but trust me, bbs, it feels sooo right.