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The high price of perfection is one Parker Fadley always believed she was willing to pay, until a devastating party during junior year fractures the lives of her family and friends. A terrible thing has happened and it's her fault . . .
Featuring a redesigned cover, updated text and new foreword. Out 02/04/2020.
WINNER:
Cybils Award, 2009

FINALIST:
OLA White Pine Award, 2020
Goodreads Choice Awards, 2018
Audie Award, 2019

"Parker Fadley is THE seminal unlikable female character of modern young adult literature. One of my favorite books of all time, Cracked Up to Be is absolutely riveting from first page to last."
- Laurie Devore, author of How to Break a Boy
and Winner Take All

"[C]ompelling . . . taut with tension."
- School Library Journal

"Summers is one to watch."
- RT Book Reviews

“[C]ompulsively readable.”
- Quill & Quire

"The propulsive, riveting novel that started it all. Cracked Up To Be tackles the darker side of teen life with all the depth, care, and unflinching honesty that Courtney Summers is known for."
- Karen M. McManus, New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying and Two Can Keep a Secret

"Cracked Up to Be was my first introduction to the vicious brilliance that is Courtney Summers. Right from the opening lines, that breathless hammering of beats that illustrate the terrifying and true experience of high school, I knew I was in the hands of a writer who would be honest with her readers, who would even be brutal. This book changed me as a reader and as a writer. I could never go back again. After being gutted by a Summers novel, why would anyone want to?"
- Nova Ren Suma, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Walls Around Us

"This book is a raw, exposed nerve: all the mess we shouldn’t see, shouldn’t be, wrapped up in the story of one unforgettable girl. Courtney Summers and Cracked Up to Be rewrote the rules and for that I am forever grateful."
- Rebecca Barrow, author of This Is What It Feels Like

"Cracked Up to Be is a blisteringly realistic exploration of high school and the trauma that can occur during adolescence. Its brutally honest portrayal of Parker Fadley and her world is unforgettable.
A modern classic."
- Brandy Colbert, award-winning author of The Revolution of Birdie Randolph and Little & Lion

"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

"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