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Dare Me: A Novel

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12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Will keep you up reading!

Addy Hanlon and her best friend Beth Cassidy rule their cheer squad; Beth as captain and Addy her lieutenant. The squad doesn’t just look up to them—their afraid of them. But when Colette French walks into the gym and takes over as cheer coach everything gets flipped ar...
Addy Hanlon and her best friend Beth Cassidy rule their cheer squad; Beth as captain and Addy her lieutenant. The squad doesn’t just look up to them—their afraid of them. But when Colette French walks into the gym and takes over as cheer coach everything gets flipped around. Coach French has every intention of taking her girls to regionals and she needs to get them ready. First things first she dethrones the cheer captain.

Beth seems to lose interest in cheer and begins running more wild than usual. Addy is preoccupied running after Coach. The girls are getting stronger and better at cheer. The coach starts having them over for late night drinking parties. Coach French begins turning her attention to Addy. She begins entrusting her talking to her like she was an adult girlfriend instead of a girl on her cheer squad.

Addy's new bff seems to be Coach French. But we haven't seen the last of Beth. She's been watching and waiting in the wings. Coach French thought she could take away her captain's position on the squad? Beth wants Coach to pay for what she's done.

As the girls prepare for the game of their high school cheer career, there is a suicide. Addy finds herself right in the middle of it all. Entangled in a web of lies.

Dare Me is filled with sex, lies, alcohol, eating disorders and brimming with teenage angst, but that’s just the first few chapters!

I have to admit it took me a few pages to connect with first person, Addy. I’ve read a number of books with a teenage protagonist, but the authenticity of Addy’s voice was dead on—I felt like this is how my teenage daughter or her friends would think! Not only did Abbott nail it with the voice, but with Addy’s perspective. Addy seems obsessed with her new coach, she wants to replace coach with her best friend Beth.

And Coach! Coach French is an odd one. She seems to be someone who peeked in high school and isn’t ready for the grown-up world. The more I read it seemed like her dethroning of Beth had less to do with the squad and was more about replacing herself in Beth’s position. She didn't seem coach like, more like one of the girls.

With each page I delved deeper into the dark world of high school. Parents turning a blind eye to what is going on with their kids and the kids being in such a rush to grow up.

Suddenly, the story takes on a dark twist. I actually stopped counting how many times I put the book down in my lap and said, “holy—“ yeah, it’s that good! I really figured I knew where it was headed, I was wrong. Then I thought something else, yeah wrong again. I no longer knew who or what to believe! I just knew I couldn’t stop reading until everything was revealed.

I thought it was an awesome book! Amazing! Loved it! Fresh, different and authentic! I recommend grabbing a glass of wine and get ready for a long night of reading!

posted by anovelreview_blogspot_com on July 31, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Horrible! I read it all the way through just hoping that it woul

Horrible! I read it all the way through just hoping that it would end up being a worthwhile read. Wrong! Don't waste your time or money. Plotline is nonsensical, and seriously, do we really need to read page after page about high school cheerleading routines?

posted by Kayceedee on August 26, 2012

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  • Posted March 8, 2013

    It was okay.

    Strange style of writing. I could never really get into it. Storyline was not gripping until the end that's why I gave it 3 stars, otherwise it would have been 2 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2012

    Didnt love

    Plot was okay, characters seemed thrown together

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

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    Kept me hooked but lacked positive role models

    “Dare Me” by Megan Abbott is a novel about some majorly messed up high school cheerleaders, dying for attention, affection, and popularity. According to a quote on the inside front cover, the book is “A searing novel of friendship, betrayal, and the dark truths that hide behind cheerleader smiles.”

    Addy Hanlon and Beth Cassidy have always been best friends, with Addy being more of a sidekick to the over-the-top, girl-in-charge Beth. When the girl’s cheerleading squad receives the new, young, calm and collected Coach French, the cheerleaders are drawn to her immediately. All except for Beth.

    A sudden suicide of a well-known figure at the school throws the Coach and many of the girls on the squad for a loop, especially when the police decide that the suicide might actually have been a murder.

    Caught between Beth, Coach Colette, and the truth, Addy struggles with her friendships, control, and the squad.

    I have mixed feelings on the book “Dare Me” by Megan Abbott. This book kept me hooked and I read it in a day and a half. I honestly couldn’t put it down and Abbott kept me guessing until the end. I had many hunches throughout the book, some of them right, and many wrong, which always makes a book enjoyable.

    However, I’m not sure how much I liked the characters in the book. The girls are not a positive portrayal of teenagers and female characters, with issues regarding weight and eating disorders being portrayed in an honest, almost positive way.

    While I’ve never been a cheerleader, I was once a teenager and I understand the pressures of looks, weight, guys, popularity. I understand that there are hidden secrets that go on behind closed doors. But that’s not how it is for everyone or how it should be. I just didn’t feel like the positives of being an individual or being healthy were mentioned at all in this novel, and I think they could have been fit in, even in a small role, somewhere.

    I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys some young adult fiction, with a more adult flair. Read “Dare Me” if you want a book that will keep you interested from page 1, all the way to the end. While you won’t find amazing positive teenage role models, you will receive a twisted view from a group of teenage cheerleaders and their coach.

    Have you read a book about teens that you enjoyed recently? (Besides the amazing Hunger Games trilogy!)

    Thanks for reading,

    Rebecca @ Love at First Book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Trainer

    He reflexes and it stabs u in the shoulder instead. Back dog.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Not as riveting as I had hoped

    I was on the rebound from reading Gone Girl and hoped this one would keep me reading into the wee hours in the same way. Mostly, I didn't care what happened to these characters and was unthrilled by the plot and resolution. I don't regret the time I spent with this book, but I can't enthusiastically recommend. I like my cheerleaders to be funnier and cleverer.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    Okay read

    I was disappointed with the ending, the story itself was fairly predictable and the writing sometimes sloppy. Even though the characters kept me interested I don't think it was worth the money.

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    Posted December 19, 2013

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