Parker is hard to grasp. On the one hand, you empathize with her because it’s clear something is rattling her, but on the other hand, you don’t understand how being crass and stand-offish helps her at all.
The secondary characters bring a sort of light to the story, and they’re integral in understanding Parker as a whole; which having completed the novel, still leaves this reader feeling a bit untethered.
Cracked Up to Be is an odd tale about an interesting girl with a spattering of romance that’s hard to appreciate with the clog of mental mush. Not going to be for everyone.