Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers

I love Courtney Summers. I’m just going to put that out there.

I honestly thought, after reading her other two books, that I couldn’t love her more. I was wrong. And after learning this was her first novel…I was shocked and a little in awe.

Summers doesn’t shy away from tough subjects, but she is able to write them so perfectly that you can’t help but be drawn in and feel for the characters she creates.

Parker is struggling after a party the previous school year. Something happened and she knows, but she can barely admit it to herself. She is struggling with her life and she can’t say why. It’s tough to read, and your heart reaches out to her.

It’s hard to read, but well worth it.

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

I couldn’t stop reading this book. There was too much emotion for me to set this book down, even though I wanted to several times, and then start back up again. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to handle coming in and out of the world Summers had created around Regina and her fall from the top.

Regina used to be the second in command at the school She was one of the popular girls that hardly gave a care about the lives they hurt, as long as they remained untouched. So when Regina suddenly becomes one of the victims, it turns her world upside down.

The only person willing to giver her a chance is someone who’s life she hurt a couple years ago. It’s hard to know what Michael’s intentions are in giving Regina a sliver of kindness. Everyone else is using trickery and whatever means they can to make life for Regina as miserable as they can.

It’s a touch story about what high school can be like, and the lives of the victims of bullying. Summers once again gets the hard emotions across and makes the story a real one, not giving her characters sudden, unbelievable epiphanies where the main character suddenly makes everything right and everything is forgiven. It’s a real story, and that is why I will keep reading books Summers writes.

Fall For Anything by Courtney Summers

I couldn’t put this book down, and read it in a night. There was just too much for me to be involved in to close this book for longer than a couple minutes.

Eddie is grieving and hurt after her father commits suicide and all she wants to know is why he did. Why he was pushes so far he felt he had nothing else to do? Why her love for him wasn’t enough to keep him with her.

She meets Culler and in her desperate need for answers, she forms a relations with him that gave me warning bells, but she was too lost to notice. Culler plays his part perfectly, getting close to Eddie and giving her what she thinks she needs.

Eddie’s best friend Milo caused some problems for me. It was hard for me to feel much for him through most of the book, but by the end, I cracked and he found his way into my heart as well.

Some people may not like how this book ends, but I felt there was no other way Summers could have concluded this book and made it believable. She did an excellent job at getting the struggle across, and really makes you feel for the characters she writes.