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Dare Me [Kindle Edition]

Megan Abbott
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA STEEL DAGGER 2012



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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'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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SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA STEEL DAGGER 2012 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: 699 KB
  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Main Market Ed. edition (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 (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,061 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An edgy and unsettling look at female adolescence 26 Mar. 2012
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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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
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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
By Ben VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cracking good read 2 April 2012
By Jood TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
At the heart of this novel is the relationship between teenagers Beth and Addy, a friendship which goes back to their childhood; Beth, manipulative and often cruel, has always been the leader with Addy her willing shadow. A new Coach arrives, throwing a spanner in the works, and very soon she and Beth engage in a battle of wills; Addy adores Coach and is the eager puppy always willing to do her bidding, which in turn fuels Beth's jealousy; whilst the other team members gather at Coach's house for drinking sessions, Beth is nowhere to be seen, but always watching, waiting for her moment. The girls are pushed to physical and psychological extremes as they vie for the best postion on the team. Injury is just one wobble away. Then one dark night Addy is drawn into a nightmare......

Megan Abbot perfectly captures teenage girls' adolescent-speak, and attitudes; at times it's faintly amusing, at others dark and sinister. The novel is packed with detail about cheerleading, still very much an American activity, to the puzzlement of us Brits, and my only criticism is that perhaps there is a little too much detail which could have been pared down with no detriment to the storyline.

I chose this book on the strength of an earlier novel of Megan Abbot's: "The End of Everything" which I enjoyed very much. I enjoyed this just as much, with dialogue that snaps, crackles and pops with energy, and characters, though not particularly likeable, are wholly believable. All in all a cracking good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting. Didn't *love* it, but an interesting look at the psychology of fiercely ambitious, competitive and also insecure teenagers.
Published 2 months ago by Stefan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good
Published 3 months ago by d e cirket
4.0 out of 5 stars Stick With It - It's Worth It!
Had I not been in a Wifi free zone with no way to download a new book, I might not have persevered with this - but I'm very glad I did! Read more
Published 3 months ago by S Jones
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 4 months 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 4 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 6 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 7 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 7 months ago by Liz Wilkins
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