Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Dare Me by Megan Abbott [Review]

Dare Me3 out of 5 Robots!

Dare Me by Megan Abbott
Genre: Contemporary Young Adult
Release: July 31, 2012
Hardcover: 290 Pages
Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Addy Hanlon has always been Beth Cassidy's best friend and trusted lieutenant. Beth calls the shots and Addy carries them out, a long-established order of things that has brought them to the pinnacle of their high-school careers. Now they're seniors who rule the intensely competitive cheer squad, feared and followed by the other girls -- until the young new coach arrives.

Cool and commanding, an emissary from the adult world just beyond their reach, Coach Colette French draws Addy and the other cheerleaders into her life. Only Beth, unsettled by the new regime, remains outside Coach's golden circle, waging a subtle but vicious campaign to regain her position as "top girl" -- both with the team and with Addy herself.

Then a suicide focuses a police investigation on Coach and her squad. After the first wave of shock and grief, Addy tries to uncover the truth behind the death -- and learns that the boundary between loyalty and love can be dangerous terrain.

The raw passions of girlhood are brought to life in this taut, unflinching exploration of friendship, ambition, and power. Award-winning novelist Megan Abbott, writing with what Tom Perrotta has hailed as "total authority and an almost desperate intensity," provides a harrowing glimpse into the dark heart of the all-American girl.
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Shannon's Thoughts:
Dare Me is a (slightly horrifying) look into the seedy underbelly of American high school cheerleading.  It's not just competitive, it's cut throat and brutal.  Books like this are hard for me.  On one hand, Dare Me is an incredibly well written book.  Megan Abbott knows how to write, no doubt about it.  And reading Dare Me is like watching a car wreck happen in slow motion.  You know from the first chapter that things are not going to end well.  I was cringing through most of the book.  And that made for an extremely compelling read.  But on the other hand, I have a hard time with characters that I don’t like.  There are no redeeming characters in this book.  Everyone is kind of awful.   They are mean, petty, and willing to take down everyone in their path. Mean Girls on steroids. I just kind of hated spending time with these girls who are borderline psychopaths.  I wanted to run far away from them.  So I don’t know how to feel about this book.  Ultimately, I'm going with my gut reaction and giving it three stars.

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