Thursday, April 1, 2010
Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers
The only thing better than finally getting your hands on a book you've been waiting for is loving it more than you thought you would. Don't get me wrong, after all the rave reviews I'd read, I had high expectations for this book. Really high. Who knew they could be surpassed? Parker is such a great character. She's bitchy and ugly, but you can't help but love her because her pain is so honest. I was blown away by the way the "incident" is revealed. I kept thinking back to Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak while reading. It really wasn't difficult to figure out Melinda's secret. (Not that knowing the ending detracts at all from the awesomeness of Speak.) That being said, I love a good mystery, and even though Cracked Up to Be is not a particularly suspenseful book, it almost felt like I was on the edge of my seat waiting for the big reveal. Summers' cast of characters are perfectly flawed, and her story is completely relevant to today's youth. I wouldn't believe it was her debut novel if I didn't know any better. I can't wait to see what she has in store in her second novel Some Girls Are.