Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers Review
Just finished this book for my Young Adult Book Club and we even had Courtney Summers stop by for a Q&A! Here is the goodreads description:
Man this book was hard to get my hands on.. eventually I was able to get it through Inter-Library Loan. I really liked this book. Not what I expected at all. I thought it was going to be like other teen books... love triangles and all that. In fact I loved it so much I am going to for sure read This Is Not a Test which is the author's new zombie book. I wonder how that one is.
I love the flashbacks. Sometimes while I am reading a book I find flashbacks to be used poorly. They give us not enough flashback or too many flashbacks. I thought this story did flashbacks perfectly. It kept me wanting more... they kept me curious and not annoyed, I felt like the flashbacks were perfectly timed as well. I'll admit I skipped some of the repeated flashbacks too. But I think the repeats were put in there to let us know where we were in the flashbacks time period and also to re-read the whole event made the flashbacks even more intense. The flashbacks were my favorite part of the story. Right now after finishing the book I would love to read a story based of what happened during the time period of the flashbacks! That's how interesting they were to me.
I will say the last few chapters seemed rushed. They were really choppy to me. I suppose that what I did like though is that the story wasn't a happily every after for Parker, but there is hope for her. And she seemed to want a better life so I found myself hoping that for her. I also really thought the supporting characters in this book are really well written. This book is how long triangles should be!!! But I am dying to know
Was the rapist/murder ever found :
I did think Baily's situation was really sudden and I wasn't too sure if that plot was needed to further this story along? I guess this is maybe to push Parker down even deeper into her depression/anxiety? I like the length of this book. I feel like if it had been any longer it would've been drawn out.
I liked this book!
If you are interested in seeing what Courtney Summers had to say to her fans go HERE for the Q&A!