Four years, two suicides, one death, one rape, two pregnancies, three overdoses, countless drunken antics, theft, fights, broken limbs, turf wars–every day, a turf war–six months until graduation and no one gets a medal when they get out. But everything you do here
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 is making her feel things again when she’d really rather not be feeling anything at all. Nobody would have guessed she’d turn out like this. But nobody knows the truth. Something horrible has happened, and it just might be her fault.
Also re-issued as What Goes Around, a 2-in-1 Bind-Up with Some Girls Are.
2009 CYBILS Award Winner for YA Fiction
2010 OLA White Pine Nominee
“[T]his compelling read is taut with tension.”School Library Journal
Quill & Quire
“Fans of Lois Duncan and Christopher Pike will appreciate this dark tale.”Martha O'Connor, author of Bitch Posse
“Cracked Up To Be gives you Parker, her world, her friends, straight up, no chaser. You won’t forget her.”
Kathe Koja, author of Kissing The Bee
“Summers is one to watch.”RT Book Reviews
“Courtney Summers is a writer who pulls no punches and Parker Fadley is a character you won’t forget.”K.L Going, author of Fat Kid Rules the World
“[A] remarkable debut.”
Alyson Noël, New York Times Bestselling author of The Immortals series