- 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)
Dare Me Hardcover – 10 May 2012
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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
"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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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,
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After a chapter or two of this novel I had to check it was not designed for the teenage section of the Amazon list as all the flurry, with crushes on the Team Coach and the bitchy... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brett H
At its core, “Dare Me” reveals something very true about the consuming, sometimes ugly, nature of female friendships. But Abbott is also on to something bigger. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ghost of Kai
It took me longer than I thought to read this thriller, set in the world of cheerleading. The characters are not particularly likeable and I found the prose quite juddery at times. Read morePublished 8 months ago by A to Z
What a great read! Not my usual reading genre but the novel is a compulsive read. The plot is built around a group of teenage girls and boy can they ‘b****h’. Read morePublished 8 months ago by xenofan
Is it acceptable to rip pages out of a book and shout in rage at the ridiculous dialogue? Seriously what are the phrases in this book? Read morePublished 8 months ago by FlowersBlossom
Megan Abbott is getting a lot of publicity at the moment, so I was intrigued to read something by her. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Claretta
This is another one of those new novels that has an awful lot of familiar themes and motifs. Whilst it's setting in the world of Cheerleading might make it something of a novelty... Read morePublished 11 months ago by IWFIcon