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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

TBR Tuesday: The Books of Courtney Summers

Most of us have books we've bought with all intentions of reading (or maybe just because it was cheap!), only to have them fade away on a shelf or disappear into a stack of books, never to be seen or thought of again.
TBR Tuesday is a way to talk about the books we own but haven't read, see what other people think about them, and help us decide whether to bump it up our list or knock it off completely.
[If you're more a book borrower than a book buyer, you're still welcome to participate with the books that you've been meaning to read and haven't!]

On my TBR

Cracked Up To Be
Contemporary, 214 pages
Published December 23rd 2008 by St. Martin's Griffin
Perfect Parker Fadley isn’t so perfect anymore. She’s quit the cheerleading squad, she’s dumped her perfect boyfriend, and she’s failing school. Her parents are on a constant suicide watch and her counselors think she’s playing games…but what they don’t know, the real reason for this whole mess, isn’t something she can say out loud. It isn’t even something she can say to herself. A horrible thing has happened and it just might be her fault. If she can just remove herself from everybody--be totally alone--then everything will be okay...The problem is, nobody will let her.

Some Girls Are
Contemporary, 246 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin
Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard--falling from it is even harder. Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High... until vicious rumors about her and her best friend's boyfriend start going around. Now Regina's been "frozen out" and her ex-best friends are out for revenge. If Regina was guilty, it would be one thing, but the rumors are far from the terrifying truth and the bullying is getting more intense by the day. She takes solace in the company of Michael Hayden, a misfit with a tragic past who she herself used to bully. Friendship doesn't come easily for these onetime enemies, and as Regina works hard to make amends for her past, she realizes Michael could be more than just a friend... if threats from the Fearsome Foursome don't break them both first.

Tensions grow and the abuse worsens as the final days of senior year march toward an explosive conclusion in this dark new tale from the author of Cracked Up To Be.

Fall For Anything
Contemporary, 230 pages
Published December 21st 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin
When Eddie Reeves’s father commits suicide her life is consumed by the nagging question of why? Why when he was a legendary photographer and a brilliant teacher? Why when he seemed to find inspiration in everything he saw? And, most important, why when he had a daughter who loved him more than anyone else in the world? When she meets Culler Evans, a former student of her father’s and a photographer himself, an instant and dangerous attraction begins. Culler seems to know more about her father than she does and could possibly hold the key to the mystery surrounding his death. But Eddie’s vulnerability has weakened her and Culler Evans is getting too close. Her need for the truth keeps her hanging on...but are some questions better left unanswered?

I've found each of Courtney Summers' books in the Amazon bargain bin in the last few months, and with all of the insane amounts of love I've seen other bloggers and reader-friends give her, I went ahead and picked each of them up, even though I'm not generally drawn to contemporary.  (These covers didn't hurt, though.)  Now, working on things for Just Contemporary month for Ashley, it's had me thinking about the contemporary books I own and want to read, so I thought I would showcase the three of these and see what you guys think about them.  
Do they live up to the hype?  Which of the three is your favorite?

And more importantly, what's lurking in your TBR stacks this week?

(Also, if you want to find out more about the contemporary books I own that are still in need of reading, make sure to check out this week's Book Chat on thursday...)


  1. I was quite impressed with Cracked Up To Be - Parker is a character who's distinctly unlikeable, but somehow, I was rooting for her anyway. Lots of complex psychology going on there too!

  2. I read them in the order they came out and they were all really good.
    My favourite was Some Girls Are. It was absorbing and realistic to how high school girls can be.
    I hope to re-read it, actually. :)

  3. I own Cracked Up To Be but haven't read it yet and in contemporary in my tbr pile I still have Anna And The French Kiss and Lola And The Boy Next Door.


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