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Dare Me Hardcover – 10 May 2012

3.6 out of 5 stars 98 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (10 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144722115X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447221159
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Deliciously compelling' Heat

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

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

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

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

‘Truly nerve-shredding’ Independent on Sunday

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

‘Tense, fast-paced’ Sunday Times

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"A tense, fast-paced psychological thriller." (The Times)

'A taut, twisted tale .... Dare Me shimmers with dark sexual tension.' (Marie Claire) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By Liz Barnsley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Sept. 2014
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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 readers in the online community each month all of which I consider carefully but often never get around to reading. Dare Me from Megan Abbott had been recommended to me several times, which is always a good indication that it has that special “something” so it was one of my book budget picks last month and I loved every minute of it.

There is a quote from it that sums things up perfectly. There’s something dangerous about the boredom of teenage girls. And often there is, there really really is…

In “Dare Me” we meet Addy, a popular girl, second in command to main popular girl Beth, and for a long time they have ruled school life and the cheer squad with relentless charm and ruthlessness and lived their lives by a certain order and routine that outwardly looks pretty cool but both of these girls have a lot of inner turmoil. Some of it standard teenage angst but some of it a lot darker…

When Colette arrives to coach the team everything changes – in a lot of ways she is like an older version of the girls she teaches, with added life experience and not necessarily their best interests at heart. I found her to be a particularly fascinating character as she draws the team into a more adult world, one they really are totally unprepared for. Her agenda is unclear, but everyone gets caught up in her maelstrom with often devastating results.

Megan Abbott writes with a beautifully dark and intense prose that draws you into the world she has created and gets you right to the heart of the matter.
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It's a strange one, I liked how the book was written but the cheer content was a bit boring and the characters ultimately unlikable. I really wanted to get to the end but my motivation was both about finding out the truth and keen for the book to be over.
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This is a dark and uncompromising look at the inner workings of teenage girls, set in a high school cheerleading team. There's ambition, betrayal, angst and lots of sexuality, which should make for a good book, but there's also some overwrought prose which feels self conscious and awkward on the part of the author, and there are pacing issues too, plus a lot of tedious description of cheerleading moves. There are good parts to this book, but you have to be willing to wade through some dodgy writing too get there.
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By A. Rose TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Sept. 2012
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This is the second book by Megan Abbott that I've read, the previous one being The End of Everything which I found very enjoyable, so I felt I knew her writing style enough to give Dare Me a try but unfortunately I didn't get on too well with it. This is a book set around teenage cheerleaders and would appeal very much to the teenage American audience. I admit that my teenage years are in the dim and distant past so I'm probably not `with it' as far as teenage likes/dislikes and language are concerned, but I do read many teen and young adult books and feel I am experienced enough in that category to be fair.

I found the language incomprehensible at times with use of grammar that just didn't make sense and words I'd never come across before - like I said, written for the American teen audience. I was a bit appalled by the amount of drinking by the teenage girls (four years underage), the smoking by Coach around the girls, the girls drinking and partying at Coach's house and the number of times these seventeen year olds drove vehicles when absolutely drunk. We're talking teacher/pupil here and these things just shouldn't happen - setting examples etc., not to mention the law.

I'm not even sure whether the cheerleaders and their coach were friends, enemies or even had lesbian affairs because the writing is so ambiguous and unclear that at times I wasn't at all sure of the meaning of what I'd just read. There are lots of mind games being played mainly between Beth and Addy, Addy and Coach and Coach and Beth giving a triangle of pulling, pushing and playing each off against the other which did give a feeling of mystery and intrigue. Language problems aside, the story was really quite a good fascinating murder, lies and who did it.

Not the most enjoyable young adult book I've read but if you are quite good at ciphers and can read between very ambiguous lines it's not too bad either.
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By Clare VINE VOICE on 4 Mar. 2017
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This is a dark look at adolescent cheerleeders which I have to say I didnt enjoy. I found the story unbelievable, didnt really like or identify with the characters, which I found were quite sterotypical, and found their speech/lingo difficult to read. I read to the end as I vary rarely dont finish a book, but wouldnt recommend or read another one of her books
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A typical novel about female adolescence with all that's involved - bitchery, competition, love, wrong attachment, sexual awakening, power and submission. Too long in my opinion.
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''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. The first chapter of the book itself starts 'After a game, it takes half an hour under the shower head to get all the hairspray out. To peel off all the sequins. To dig out that last bobby pin nestled deep in your hair.' The voice is compelling and hooked me immediately. Abbott paces the novel well with rising tension and a sense of impending doom. Addy narrates and the focus is on her friendship with manipulative Queen Bee Beth and how their relationship changes when the new cheerleading coach, Colette French, pushes them to new heights of physical training and Addy, and the rest of the cheerleaders, are increasingly under her spell.

Megan Abbott propels us into the insular world of cheerleading, a world of focus and training for perfection in the midst of physical danger. She infuses the novel with the both the boredom of adolescence “I guess I’d been waiting forever, my palm raised. Waiting for someone to take my girl body and turn it out, steel me from the inside, make things matter for me, like never before.” as well as the thrills of discovery, of intense friendships and the headiness of sexual power.

There is a murder mystery in the novel which seemed inevitable given the battle of wills between Beth and Colette French. she told us something bad was going to happen and conjured the atmosphere in the novel that made that inevitable and believable,
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