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When "Perfect" Parker Fadley starts drinking at school and failing her classes, all of St. Peter's High goes on alert. How has the cheerleading captain, girlfriend of the most popular guy in school, consummate teacher's pet, and future valedictorian fallen so far from grace?
Parker doesn't want to talk about it. She'd just like to be left alone, to disappear, to be ignored. But her parents have placed her on suicide watch and her conselors are demanding the truth. Worse, there's a nice guy falling in love with her and he's making her feel things again when she'd really rather not be feeling anything at all.
Nobody would have guessed she'd turn out like this. But nobody knows the truth.
Something horrible has happened, and it just might be her fault.
Talking about different from the blurb you can see that this one is not typical. Parker from before everything was a typical girl for your YA stories. Perfect, smart and friendly cheerleader with a popular boyfriend and everything that comes with that. Parker with whom we meet here is everything but that. She is drinking, rude and bitter. Something pulled the trigger but she is not ready to talk about that. Now her only goal is to graduate and be left alone. Things start to complicate when a new guy shows up and it mix her feelings even more. You can see the cracks.
Not only the plot is different, for me the best part of Summers' writing are characters. I dare to say that her characterization is high on my list. They are real and bitter and far from perfect. Even though they might not act like you would you can totally understand that. With is a great accomplishment. I needn't say there is plenty of feels in these lines.
Now you probably wonder why 4 stars. Well it's the ending. Somehow I wish there was more. Simply it all came too soon for me and while it was somehow satisfying it wasn't as good as the whole story.
Rating: 4 stars.
***I read this book as part of Courtney Summers read-a-thon organized by Ciara at Lost at Midnight Reviews.
Until the next time,