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ISBN13: 9780312383695
ISBN10: 031238369x
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A gritty, atmospheric coming of age tale set in 1980s New York City
 
Seventeen-year-old Cat is living every teenager’s dream—she has her own apartment on the Lower East Side and at night she’s club kid royalty, guarding the velvet rope at some of the hottest clubs in the city. The night with its crazy, frenetic, high-inducing energy—the pulsing beat of the music, the radiant, joyful people and those seductive white lines that can ease all pain—is when Cat truly lives. But her daytime, when real life occurs, is more nightmare than dream.
 
Having spent years suffering her mother’s emotional and physical abuse, and abandoned by her father, Cat is terrified and alone—unable to connect to anyone or anything. But when someone comes along who makes her want to truly live, she’ll need to summon the courage to confront her demons and take control of a life already spinning dangerously out of control.
 
Both poignant and raw, White Lines is a gripping tale and the reader won’t want to look away.

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Parker Fadley has 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. What they don't know is the real reason behind Parker's change in behavior.

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Perfect Parker Fadley isnt so perfect anymore.  Shes quit the cheerleading squad, shes dumped her perfect boyfriend, and shes failing school.  Her parents are on a constant suicide watch and her counselors think shes playing games…but what they dont know, the real reason for this whole mess, isnt something she can say out loud.  It isnt 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. 

About the Author

Courtney Summers lives and writes in Canada, where she divides most of her time between a camera, a piano and a word processing program.

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BookSpot, July 12, 2009 (view all comments by BookSpot)
What's the worst thing you've ever done? Not the time you stole a pack of gum from the grocery store or the time you got mad and told your sister she looked fat. Not even the time you lusted after your best friend's guy. I mean, the worst thing you've ever done?

What if it was something no one else knew about?

Parker Fadley has something like that. Something she's trying to remedy in a few...choice ways. She's on a basic suicide watch at school, has weekly meetings with the counselor, broke up with her perfect boyfriend, and left her Perfect Parker title far, far behind.

Cracked Up to Be is a book that keeps you out of the loop (as to what exactly Parker's secret is) for just about all of the book, but in a way that keeps you wanting to already be on that next page--not in a way hat gets you fed up. Lits bits are given throught the story as to what Parker did in ways that helped the story along, but never revealed too much too soon.

The characters were great and all worked amazingly together. The four main characters were ones that I could really see being friends...even when they were on the outs or not quite friends and some of them couldn't stand each other.

I would also say that this book is not completely appropriate for younger young adult readers. For older teen and young adult readers, though, it's amazing and the writing is unlike most other YA books, in a refreshing way.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312383695
Author:
Summers, Courtney
Publisher:
Griffin
Author:
Banash, Jennifer
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
High schools
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Situations / Adolescence
Subject:
Situations / Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20081231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.32 x 5.44 x 0.59 in
Age Level:
from 14 up to 19

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"Synopsis" by , Parker Fadley has 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. What they don't know is the real reason behind Parker's change in behavior.
"Synopsis" by ,

Perfect Parker Fadley isnt so perfect anymore.  Shes quit the cheerleading squad, shes dumped her perfect boyfriend, and shes failing school.  Her parents are on a constant suicide watch and her counselors think shes playing games…but what they dont know, the real reason for this whole mess, isnt something she can say out loud.  It isnt 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. 

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