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To Take a Dare Mass Market Paperback – Feb 1986

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (Mm); Reissue edition (Feb. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553266012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553266016
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.4 x 2 cm

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Blisteringly honest story of runaway doesn't go far enough 13 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Part of the blisteringly honest modern YA genre born of Judy Blume, which exploded in the 70s and 80s, "To Take A Dare" explores the unbearable pressures which lead up to Chris/Chrysta's running away from home, finding herself on the road, and the reasons why she attempts to adopt a young runaway, Dare, in an attempt to give him a true family. Fans of Dragonwagon's witty, funny, sharp and tender writing style won't be disappointed; Chrysta's word-portraits of the stifling suburbia she grows up in, her sadly frustrated family, her life on the road and her discovery of a true home in Arskansas, are all memorable. But Dragonwagon's view of life on the road, gritty as it is, with Chrysta's trading sexual favors for a lift or place to stay, is, in the end, terribly naive. This isn't the author's fault; any book about sexual trading pre-AIDS inevitably seems like apostcard written from the deck of the Titanic. But even minus the sex, life on the road for Chrysta seems a little too idyllic; something read and written about, rather than experienced. Like the obvious symbolism of "take a Dare," it is more read-about than real. But the portrayal of a young woman running to find and then defend her own standards and her own life is not easily dismissed. Dragonwagon's literary style and love of language lift this book above the typical teen-problem novel.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Book from my childhood 3 April 2014
By S. Richard - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Excellent seller. Excellent book! I have very much enjoyed rereading this title that has been out of print for a very long time!
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
To Take A Dare 31 Oct. 2002
By meg - Published on
Format: Hardcover
She's a run-away. Driven by rage and a passion to have a normal life, nothing can stop her. Who is this? Her name is Chrysta, a young 14 year old that is just trying to find a normal life or even a normal family.
This teen finds many friends along the way. Leaving some so thy can go their ways (but always communicating). As she travels about the country, she learns lessons, and the real meanings of things that weren't so important to her before. She grew up hard in the beginning, but she learns about herself along the way. This realistic fiction novel is sure to enter the lives of teenage girls.
This book was strait with the information. There were hardly any if, an's, or but's. You would think with all the description it had, it might have been real. I would defiantly recommend this book to teenage girls! It is so realistic, and makes you think, "Wow, this book could of really happened!" It's not one of those boring books that make you think, "When will this part ever end?"
Chrysta is constantly moving around to new places, more new friends, and even more life-long lessons. Page after page you knew you had to keep going. There was no stop. Many teens could of related to Chrysta during one of her situations in the book. So many events that happened, you would have to relate to one of them.
So do you happen to be a teenage girl with a thirst of realistic fiction adventures through the up's and downs? Pick up, To Take A Dare. You couldn't regret it. You're questions are sure to be, "Does she find her NORMAL life?" Maybe, maybe not. She may find other things just as important along the way.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Chrysta Peretti runs away, and writes abt. her travels. 20 Sept. 1998
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
When Chrysta Peretti runs away from home to start a new life for herself, away from her huge mother, and obnoxious father, she has no idea how rough life can be on her own. In this book, Chrysta is writing all her accounts down of her journeys, and struggles. When Chrysta moves to Excelsior Springs, Arkansas, she finally realizes what it's like to be loved and cared for, and at last she is able to come to terms with her childhood.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This book was about a teenage girl during her rebellion year 25 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was really good. It talked a lot about a young teenage girl rebells against her family and friends to be on her own so she decides to run away.I would recommend this book to young adolescents who are thinking about leaving home to live on the streets.It will definitely change their minds.
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