A reissue of New York Times bestselling author Courtney Summers's award-winning debut!
The high price of perfection is one 'Perfect' Parker Fadley always believed she was willing to pay until the devastating events at a party during junior year fractures the lives of her family and friends. A terrible thing has happened and only Parker knows it's her fault. If being a perfect daughter, student, friend and girlfriend couldn't keep her from making an unforgivable mistake, Parker hopes becoming a perfect mess will at least keep her loved ones from discovering the truth—until the arrival of a curious new student and the unexpected return of an old enemy threaten her tenuous grip on control. Parker will do anything to keep her secret from surfacing . . . but this time the cost might be more than she can afford.
The book featuring the unforgettable character that started it all, now with a new foreword from the author.
“This book changed me as a reader and as a writer. I could never go back again.ˮ — Nova Ren Suma, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Walls Around Us
“Courtney Summers and Cracked Up to Be rewrote the rules and for that I am forever grateful.ˮ — Rebecca Barrow, author of This Is What It Feels Like
“Cracked Up to Be is a blisteringly realistic exploration of high school [ . . . ] A modern classic.ˮ — Brandy Colbert, award-winning author of Little & Lion and The Voting Booth
“Parker Fadley is the seminal unlikable female character of modern young adult literature.ˮ — Laurie Devore, author of Winner Take All and A Better Bad Idea
“Fans of Lois Duncan and Christopher Pike will appreciate this dark tale.ˮ — 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.ˮ — Kathe Koja, author of Kissing The Bee
“Courtney Summers is a writer who pulls no punches and Parker Fadley is a character you won’t forget.ˮ — K.L Going, author of Fat Kid Rules the World
“[A] remarkable debut.ˮ — Alyson Noël, New York Times Bestselling author of The Immortals series
“[C]ompelling . . . taut with tension.ˮ — School Library Journal “Summers is one to watch.ˮ — RT Book Reviews “[C]ompulsively readable.” — Quill & Quire
FINALIST: OLA White Pine Award, 2010