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Review: Dare Me

December 18, 2012

Dare Me

Best friends Addy and Beth have been cheering together as long as they can remember.  They’re popular to be sure, and Beth is possessive of Addy – she really wants her all to herself.  When they get a new cheer coach, things begin to change.  Coach has Beth’s number and wants to knock her down a peg or two.  She’s a force to be reckoned with but doesn’t know what she’s come up against with these young girls.  When a tragic event occurs, the coach and some of the girls are questioned by the police.  Coach and Beth have different stories, so Addy doesn’t know what to think, but she knows things aren’t good.   She thinks,

Beth or Coach, who do I believe when one never tells the truth and one gives me nothing but riddles?

Dare Me, by Megan Abbott is quite a page turner.  The tension is palpable almost from the first page and it had me flipping the pages as fast as I could.  It’s hard to say too much about the plot without giving anything away, but it is engrossing and made me gasp a time or two.  I couldn’t decide which character was more twisted and who was telling the truth.  Just when I thought I’d figured things out, something would happen that would make me doubt my conclusions.

On the surface, Addy and Beth are typical all-American girls but there is so much that doesn’t show.  Believe me, you don’t want to cross Beth!  These girls know what they want and aren’t afraid to go after it – no matter what.  I can’t imagine young girls like this yet I’m sure they exist – I just hope I don’t know any of them.

I’ve thought about this book quite a bit since I read it and needed to talk about it with someone after I did, so I think book clubs could find a lot to discuss in its pages.  I don’t feel like I’ve done the book justice, but if you’re looking for a tension filled, thought provoking book, you can’t go wrong with Dare Me!

Challenges: The Reagan Arthur Books Challenge

Review copy provided by Hachette Books. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

26 Comments leave one →
  1. December 18, 2012 4:57 am

    Sounds good!

  2. December 18, 2012 6:05 am

    Sounds like it would make a good movie!

  3. Beth F permalink
    December 18, 2012 6:25 am

    I like the sound of this — that question of which one is telling the truth. I didn’t realize this was a Reagan Arthur book.

  4. December 18, 2012 8:39 am

    This has been on my radar, I just want,to read so many books…ugh

  5. December 18, 2012 9:46 am

    This sounds like pure fun.

  6. December 18, 2012 10:41 am

    I love books that bring out good book club discussions – thanks for that tip Kathy, I may nominate this one!

  7. December 18, 2012 10:50 am

    I’ve got this one on my TBR list because it is a RA book! Sounds like a page turner for sure!

  8. December 18, 2012 11:01 am

    Sounds intriguing, thanks! for sharing.

  9. December 18, 2012 11:08 am

    I love when books have you questioning everything — and don’t give any clear-cut answers! Sounds like Dare Me is quite the thriller.

  10. zibilee permalink
    December 18, 2012 11:33 am

    I am totally entranced with this book, and have a feeling that it’s deliciously addicting like Gone Girl. i am planning on buying this one soon. This was a great review. I’m really glad that you liked the book, and that you wrote such a compelling review!

  11. sandynawrot permalink
    December 18, 2012 12:32 pm

    It sounds like Mean Girls! I have been on hold for this audio FOREVER. In fact, I think I need to go check and see where the heck it is. I can’t wait.

  12. bookingmama permalink
    December 18, 2012 3:02 pm

    As a mother to a teenage daughter, I thought this book was disturbing! LOL! It’s a well written mystery too!

  13. December 18, 2012 3:23 pm

    Wow, this is going on my TBR–thanks for the recommendation!

  14. December 18, 2012 3:38 pm

    This sounds like it grips you throughout.

  15. Patty permalink
    December 18, 2012 4:27 pm

    Love the sound of this one…

  16. December 18, 2012 4:58 pm

    Tis does sound like a real page-turner! Great review, Kathy–now I want to read it!

  17. December 18, 2012 5:29 pm

    I came looking for Wondrous Words Wednesday but your Dare Me review was terrific. Pretty provocative cover too.

  18. boardinginmyforties permalink
    December 18, 2012 6:52 pm

    Sounds like one to tell my book club gals about!

  19. December 18, 2012 8:44 pm

    YOu’ve made me want to read this just so I can see how twisted these girls are!!!

  20. December 19, 2012 12:05 am

    this one grabbed me 🙂 nice review

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  21. December 19, 2012 6:51 am

    I’ve seen this book, thanks for the review, I might have to add this to the “to read” list.

  22. December 19, 2012 1:04 pm

    i love books that make good discussions. it makes me want to read it and then pass it to all my friends so that we can talk about it. i’ll have to keep this one in mind.

  23. December 19, 2012 2:15 pm

    Sadly, I’m sure there are quite a few “Beths” in the world.

  24. December 20, 2012 4:01 pm

    It does sound like the kind of book that will keep you reading past your bedtime.

  25. December 29, 2012 8:58 pm

    I still haven’t read an Abbott book.

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