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Dare Me

Dare Me [Kindle Edition]

Megan Abbott
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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'A taut, twisted tale . . . Dare Me shimmers with dark sexual tension' Marie Claire

'Megan Abbott is an extraordinary writer' Nick Hornby, The Believer

'A tense, fast-paced psychological thriller' The Times

'Mesmerising . . . A truly nerve-shredding crime plot . . . exemplary writing.' Independent on Sunday

'Deliciously compelling' Heat

‘A powerful tale of sexual awakening, obsession, twisted loyalties and murder’ Irish Times

‘Tense, fast-paced’ Sunday Times

‘Truly nerve-shredding’ Independent on Sunday

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There’s something dangerous about the boredom of teenage girls. Coach said that once. She said it like she knew, and understood.

When Colette French arrives at school one fall and takes charge of the cheer squad, she brings a hint of threat. Sleek, remote and careless, she transforms the girls into warriors – and rivals. Addy and Beth find that for the first time they have secrets from one another. But their mentor is playing her own deadly game, and there is everything to lose.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 399 KB
  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (10 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WTR8NY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,174 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Like Megan Abbott's The End of Everything, this is another dark and unsettling read centred on the edgy instability of female adolescence.

Our narrator, Addy, is sixteen and is one of the high school's sassy cheer-leading team, along with her best friend Beth. A new female coach arrives and disturbs the status quo, soon inviting the team to her house where they drink, obsess over her and misunderstand her relationship with her quiet, seemingly dull husband. Only Beth refuses to succumb to Coach French's charms, and takes it upon herself to reveal what only she can see...

I loved this book which is more subtle and nuanced than The End of Everything. There's a dangerous edge to everything that happens but it's subliminal and oblique rather than obvious. Abbott is particularly good at charting the shifting tides of power and powerlessness, knowledge and innocence in these girls, as they experience an adult world which they think they understand but which overwhelms them.

The world of cheer-leading is an alien one to UK readers and it takes a bit of time for us to catch-up, but it fits well with the overall atmosphere of danger and unease as the girls push themselves physically and psychologically towards a kind of perfection. The hints of anorexia, dysmorphia, competition and physical danger blend well with the unsettling depiction of nascent sexuality.

So overall this is a gripping and atmospheric read with some important things to say about the modern female psyche - highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very little to distinguish it 5 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found this on a blog-post listing 2012's best crime thrillers/murder mysteries and so was looking forward to a page-turning head-scratcher. Instead, I read out of puzzlement, rather than a sense of dying-to-see-what-happens next.

Very few of the characters are easy to warm to. That in itself can be an author choice obviously. But then you're left relying on other aspects, such as the realism of the setting or the plot. Being neither American, female nor a teenager, I found it quite tough to tell how realistic I was supposed to find the whole High School cheerleader setting (most of the girls apparently eat nothing substantial for weeks on end, while there is no parental supervision at all). Without any strong tie to the characters or a setting I could warm to, I was relying thus on the plot. But, to be honest, the plot is incredibly thin. There are very few twists or turns and the book sort of limps to a close.

Reading this was certainly not my worst mistake, and I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who will like it, but what I took from it is that Megan Abbott is not for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dare to reveal 15 Jan 2013
By Michael Watson TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I didn't think I would enjoy a book about cheerleading, something which might, in real life, briefly stimulate the enjoyment pulses but then is all forgotten as the girls troop off.

But I read this book at one sitting so it's an easy read. But the content is not so easy. From small acorns in the form of the arrival of a new Coach to the grown oak in the form of a dead body in an apartment block. In between, whilst the story develops is a power struggle filled with the rivalries of teenage girls, raw emotions not fully developed but mature enough to do adult things and, at the same time, try to create the best Cheer Team ever.

I must say I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the way the story unfolds. I couldn't understand a word concerning the cheer team's routine but, somehow, this didn't matter. In all honesty, I skipped a few pages of such routines just to maintain my grip on the underlying investigation as seen through the eyes of a sixteen year old Addy Hanlon. (I'd also forgotten that in some US States, sixteen year olds are allowed to drive a car!) The book is clever in its progression, in its development of the relationships and jealousies between the girls and their Coach.

As with all good investigations, there is a nice twist in the story; one which probably could be expected if I hadn't been rattling along with the read but perhaps this made it the more enjoyable. The blurb snapshots do not do justice to this book. Had I read them before buying the book, I would have changed my mind. As it is, I'm glad it was recommended to me on the basis of a darn good story. It is and I shall look for more Megan Abbott, though no more Cheer, pleeeese.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard read 10 Jan 2013
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I read so many good reviews about this book, but I found it quite a difficult read. It's very 'bitty', and doesn't flow particularly well. It's not an easy story to follow, lots of moments where you have to make your own interpretations. Also, if you don't know anything about cheerleading, you may be doing a fair amount of googling whilst reading. It's not a book I would pass on to a friend to read, but that's just my opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 18 April 2014
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I guess my expectations were raised by the very positive reviews this had been given by other authors and its inclusion in the CWA Dagger Awards but I have to say I was very disappointed.

To begin with the setting (girl's school) and the theme of teen angst has been overdone in my opinion. You have to have written something as truly brilliant and original as Eleanor Catton's The Rehearsal to hold my attention in this area now.

In the second place, I found the style a little too economical - I would describe it as clipped. It is probably an American trait to remove joining words from sentences, that I accept (with gritted teeth), but there was so much compression that I found myself finding it hard to read because it felt wrong to my ears.

I can't comment on the plot because (to my shame) I did not complete the novel. It is rare that this happens which I suppose is the best comment I can make upon my experience of this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Depends on your personal tastes
I didn't really enjoy this book - not because it's bad, but it's quite dark and unsettling.

The cheer squad gets a new coach, and immediately she butts heads with head... Read more
Published 2 days ago by H
4.0 out of 5 stars "There's something dangerous about the boredom of teenage girls."
''Something happened Addy. I think you better come.''

Megan Abbott starts her novel with a prologue that fast forwards us four months to something bad happening. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Purpleheart
2.0 out of 5 stars Mixed up, crazy, odd book
Not sure what it was really all about - some crazy American girls living what feels like totally unrealistic lives - sort of dealing with love and adolescent relationships but... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Jessdean
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of padding but not much substance.
It started off quite well and held my interest for a while, but then began to drag and not much was happening. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barbara Marshall
1.0 out of 5 stars not too great a read
Pretty unimpressed by this book! The way the characters talk is just pretty stupid and not believable and sometimes make the book hard to follow
Published 2 months ago by tazmin embleton
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
very daring prospect for a book , beautifully written with extensive language and modern day epithets , shows the dark side too adolescence and how we all impact on each other's... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely riveting...
As a reviewer I get sent an awful lot of books which I will always be eternally grateful for, and an offshoot of that life is that I also get a great many recommendations from... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Liz Wilkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting and pacy. EH
Published 3 months ago by E Hands
5.0 out of 5 stars Oustanding
What a brilliant book Dare Me is.
It tells the story of a cheerleading team that are taken over by a new coach who wants to do things a little differently to her predecessor. Read more
Published 3 months ago by nigel p bird
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
An interesting and gripping read.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs A.
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