Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers

By Courtney Summers

Excellent Parker Fadley isn’t so excellent anymore. She’s hand over the cheerleading squad, she’s dumped her excellent boyfriend, and she’s failing tuition. Her mom and dad are on a continuing suicide watch and her counselors imagine she’s enjoying games…but what they don’t understand, the genuine explanation for this complete mess, isn’t whatever she will say out loud. It isn’t even whatever she will be able to say to herself. A terrible factor has occurred and it simply should be her fault. If she will simply get rid of herself from each person - be completely on my own - then every thing may be okay...The challenge is, no one will allow her.

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Better late than never. ” “Yes, sir,” Gardner mumbles. ” Gardner looks like he can’t believe it. ” “Thank you for that, Gardner. ” Norton’s such a hard-ass. He reminds me of George C. Scott sometimes. ” Chris asks. ” Gardner skulks over to the table next to ours, sets up and starts drawing. I stare at him until he feels it and looks my way. His eyes widen and he points his charcoal pencil at me accusingly. “You,” he says. ” I smile. “Hi. ” Chris reaches past me, extending his hand. “Ignore her.

Finally, special thanks to: my seventh-grade teacher, Mr. Kelly, my blogging buddies and the Blueboards. cracked up to be one Imagine four years. Four years, two suicides, one death, one rape, two pregnancies (one abortion), three overdoses, countless drunken antics, pantsings, spilled food, theft, fights, broken limbs, turf wars—every day, a turf war—six months until graduation and no one gets a medal when they get out. But everything you do here counts. High school. ” He reaches out and grabs me by the shoulder.

This is how Grey expects the meeting to go down and I’m giving it to her because it might get me out of here faster or, at the very least, end this discussion. “No, it’s stupid,” I repeat robotically. “No, it isn’t. It’s not stupid. ” I offer a cautious smile. ” She creams herself. The bell rings. I make a beeline for the door. ” I don’t turn, just wait. “That was really good,” she says. ” I roll my eyes. “Thanks, Ms. ” Becky accosts me as soon as I step into the hall, waving a sheet of paper in my face.

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