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Dare Me chapter 1 Dare Me, meaning Dare Me, genre Dare Me, book cover Dare Me, flies Dare Me, Dare Me 52dc4a915556a Addy Hanlon Has Always Been Beth Cassidy S Best Friend And Trusted Lieutenant Beth Calls The Shots And Addy Carries Them Out, A Long Established Order Of Things That Has Brought Them To The Pinnacle Of Their High School Careers Now They Re Seniors Who Rule The Intensely Competitive Cheer Squad, Feared And Followed By The Other Girls Until The Young New Coach ArrivesCool And Commanding, An Emissary From The Adult World Just Beyond Their Reach, Coach Colette French Draws Addy And The Other Cheerleaders Into Her Life Only Beth, Unsettled By The New Regime, Remains Outside Coach S Golden Circle, Waging A Subtle But Vicious Campaign To Regain Her Position As Top Girl Both With The Team And With Addy Herself Then A Suicide Focuses A Police Investigation On Coach And Her Squad After The First Wave Of Shock And Grief, Addy Tries To Uncover The Truth Behind The Death And Learns That The Boundary Between Loyalty And Love Can Be Dangerous Terrain The Raw Passions Of Girlhood Are Brought To Life In This Taut, Unflinching Exploration Of Friendship, Ambition, And Power Award Winning Novelist Megan Abbott, Writing With What Tom Perrotta Has Hailed As Total Authority And An Almost Desperate Intensity, Provides A Harrowing Glimpse Into The Dark Heart Of The All American Girl


10 thoughts on “Dare Me

  1. says:

    megan abbott knows all the secrets of being a girl, and she keeps on spilling them, book after book it s fun to be a girl nah, man, it s not have you ever seen the feet of an actual ballerina view spoiler hide spoiler


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    There s something dangerous about the boredom of teenage girls How can I describe this book Well, if Bunheads had a manic, intense and obsessive older sister, then this would definitely be it Dare Me is about teenage girls and cheerleaders in particular straddling the line between childhood and the big world of adults but it isn t a tale that conjures up the usual images that high school cheerleading brings with it This is an intense book about obsession, sexuality and competition I think back once again to Bunheads and how that tells of the dark realities of ballet dancing, it isn t a nice pretty world of tutus and female friendship you have to be ridiculously self disciplined and ferociously competitive That s what these cheerleaders are like, no sitting around being bitchy and doing Mean Girls walks through the school, they work hard to perform the routines.I can see in some ways why this book has a low average rating For one thing, this isn t a nice story, teen girls explore their own sexualities and the mention of underage sex may make some readers uncomfortable Make no mistake, this may be a book about teenagers but it is very much an adult novel And, for another thing, the girls develop an extremely unhealthy obsession with weight loss in order to keep trim for the routines but, as much as I hate the idea of forcing your body into an unnaturally skinny shape, this is the harsh reality for many athletes and or dancers hard exercise and hard dieting The murder mystery in Dare Me is only a small part of the excitement, much thrilling for me was the focus on teen girls and their obsession with a new leader in this case, the cheerleading coach The new coach is beautiful, charismatic and vicious, she challenges them to be better than they are and she eventually becomes the centre of their almost godlike worship The narrator Addy pauses at one point to think back on the very first moment when the coach arrived Did she look at us that first week and see past the glossed hair and the shiny legs, our glittered brow bones and girl bravado See past all that to everything beneath, all our miseries, the way we all hated ourselves but much everyone else Could she see past all of that to something else, something quivering and real, something poised to be transformed, turned out, made See that she could make us, stick her hands in our glitter gritted insides and build us into magnificent teen gladiators In my opinion, the writing was exactly that perfect magical blend of pretty without being purplish Abbott doesn t overdo it, she waits for the right moment and then pulls out a little gem like the one above to make sure you re kept in the mood of the novel.I also think I found this novel at the perfect time, it seemed to catch my eye just when I d been discussing the portrayal of cheerleaders in American movies and books after reading Storm Often, cheerleaders are there as male eye candy or as the bitchy, popular girls to stand as a comparison against the girl next door type we are supposed to root for In the UK, not many high schools have cheerleading teams, so opinion of them doesn t tend to stem from high school cliques and my only contact with cheerleaders has been on professional, competing teams I love the way Dare Me completely ignores the stereotype and takes us into a world where it isn t about boyfriends and popularity, it s about fierce competition Here the cheerleaders are not the centre of popularity but outcasts, living in a sphere separate from the rest of high school reality They live and breathe the competition It s intense It s obsessive It s a little scary.Most girls have an intense friendship with another girl while growing up, the kind of relationship that comes only through the sharing of childhood secrets, first crushes and hidden fears, through sleepovers where neither of you sleep Dare Me is about these friendships and it s also about the breakdown of them I don t think it matters how many great friends you make afterwards, there s still always something a little sad about looking back on your first friendship and remembering how you grew apart.In short, I really really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to everyone who likes something a bit edgy and different.


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    Sad,ugly characters doing sad,ugly things to one another This is supposed to be what is in the heart and mind of the all American girl I m not buying that.This is how Addy sees herself p 258 You see these glitters and sparkledust and magicks It s war paint, it s feathers and claws, it s blood sacrifice Who the heck is she at war with Herself Who are any of them at war with Why are any of them so angry If I am expected to care, then explain to me why they are this way Otherwise don t waste my time.There is no character that you have hopes for or care for or even like, other than perhaps the victim, but even there, what that person was doing was wrong Who in this whole book actually does right None of these characters are even fully formed There is reference made of Beth s issues, but never explained why she behaves as she does, nor why none of these girl s parents seem to give two hoots about their supposedly perfect daughters.The way the girls tear at one another, bully each other and these are supposed to be their friends I just don t understand what the author was trying to say with this.And the big reveal I don t mean the reveal of the death which you would think is the big reveal, but the actual big reveal in the final pages Yeah, saw that coming a mile away, wondered how long it would take to get there Who cares There are some big continuity problems that don t make sense Coach has her hair in a bob, but then later, only a matter of weeks later, it is described in a ponytail and a French braid So does she have long hair, long enough for a French braid or ponytail or is it a bob At one time, Coach is speaking to the girls in the locker room and they begin to scream with joy, jumping on the bleachers There aren t bleachers in locker rooms The worst one is p 117 Clattering the phone against the wall, she catapults it down the toilet Addy is there and witnesses this happening, the phone down the toilet The book is told in first person from Addy s viewpoint So, then why on page 121 does she say I can t get Beth to return my texts Yeah, that would be because her phone went down the toilet four pages ago which Addy witnessed Stupid On page 123 Beth asks for her phone back and Addy reminds her that it went down the toilet So, then why was she texting her two pages ago when she knows Beth s phone went down the toilet Makes absolutely no sense Additionally, the description of the victim suicide, which Addy saw, says the weapon was lying under the leg, but later Addy reads that it was by the victim s head p 191 reading from the newspaper article Recoil will usually cause a handgun to land behind the body, the source noted, not next to the head where it was found Addy is trying hard to figure out what happened and she never thinks to herself that that isn t where the gun was, but was under the leg She supposedly can t get the image out of her mind, but she doesn t think that this is wrong So, I m guessing it is an error on the part of the author Since all of theses small details do seem to matter to the plot, that is really badly done.Also, what world do these people live in where the high school cheer coach, in her office, at the high school, smokes And I mean smokes like a flipping chimney You can t even smoke outside most schools around here, let alone in the building. And she gives the girls cigarettes and then serves them alcohol at her home, with no mention whatever that this isn t okay There is tons of teen drinking, drugging, drinking and driving, drinking while driving, with no mention at all that anyone is at all aware that these things aren t right Parents seem to not exist in this world Bottom line One word Ugly.


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    I can t even go far enough in this book to find out the premise I do not even care This is god awful This is the worst kind of writing edit FINE THE WORST KIND to me I suppose you re allowed to like it So many analogies that don t actually even MEAN ANYTHING You can t just say things and call it writing wishbone arms What do you mean by that What is that So, what They re all bowed out They re skinny They re dried out like after it comes out of a turkey and sits for a while They re IN THE MIDDLE OF A BIRD hair like a long taffy pull okay, so it s sticky hair It s wide at one end, and then at the other end it s all thinned out and white and stringy YOU CAN T JUST SAY WORDS THAT SOUND PRETTY AND AUTHORY AND CALL IT WRITING THEY NEED TO MEAN ACTUAL THINGS I CANNOT READ THIS BOOK, FOR THE WRITING IS SHIT AND TERRIBLE.ALSO pigeon toed like a dancer PLEASE, SHOW ME A PIGEON TOED DANCER SHOW ME ONE.WHERE IS YOUR EDITOR, MEGAN ABBOTT SOMEONE NEEDS TO SAVE YOU FROM YOURSELF.NO NO NO YOU ARE BAD YOUR BOOK IS BAD THIS IS ALL VERY VERY VERY VERY BAD.When you use words, you use them to mean things They need to MEAN THINGS You can t just use them because they SOUND NICE OR SMART OR ESPECIALLY WRITERLY That s like using an apostrophe because it LOOKS BETTER THAT WAY.


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    Beth and Addy have been the top dogs on the cheerleading squad for years When a new coach comes in and upsets the apple cart, how will Beth react to her role being usurped And what dark things are waiting in the wings for Coach French Wow I ve said it before but Megan Abbott makes the politics of teenage girls look as brutal as the Game of Thrones.Dare Me is a look behind the curtain at what makes teenage girls tick, specifically the ones motivated to be cheerleaders Eating disorders, cattiness, the whole nine yards When the Coach arrives and usurps Beth s role in the squad, things quickly start falling apart Beth goes on a calculated rampage, the Coach s unhappiness is exposed, and Addy is stuck trying to hold everything together.You wouldn t think a tale about cheerleaders would be this dark but the girls are like a pack of wolves, pouncing on any pack member that makes a misstep Beth was pretty slick and would make a great femme fatale once she gets a few years on her Coach French seemed like she became a coach because it was the only part of her life she had control over Addy s struggle between her loyalty to Beth and her new relationship with the coach kept the plot rocketing forward.There s a twist near the halfway point that sends the book veering into standard noir territory While I was pretty sure who the culprit was, Megan had me off on tangents a few times I had an inkling of how the book was going to end but that did little to lessen the impact It still hit like a cheerleader s head on an unpadded gym floor.As of this writing, I ve read five or six Megan Abbott books and this one was my favorite yet Five out of five stars.


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    update APPARENTLY THIS IS GETTING A TV SHOW BUT I WAS NEVER NOTIFIED There s something dangerous about the boredom of teenage girls This is a weird book And it s definitely going to be polarizing But holy shit, for me, this book was fantastic It s not necessarily a book you ll enjoy, but oh my god, does it stay with you this book along with Abigail Haas Dangerous Girls got me interested in the suspense genre It has been over a year now since I read this book and it still haunts me Dare Me is about obsession It s about dedication and coming of age in a brutal world It s about power plays and hatred It s about the drive for competition, and how boyfriends and dating play into that competition in the teen world It s about the twisted kind of love The writing is gorgeous without being purple prosey All of this incorporates itself into a brilliantly suspenseful novel that is impossible to put down I read this book in midwinter at Lake Tahoe, yet the atmosphere of this book drew me in so well that I was totally lost Megan Abbott s mood and tonal shifts are genuinely remarkable, keeping you on the edge of your seat I love mood books I love books that make me feel, even when I don t know what s happening This book is confusing and screwed up and flat out weird, but it s utterly amazing The ending is almost unclear I don t think I liked it when I first read this But in hindsight, I think the ambiguous and odd ending worked perfectly It s the reason this book still stands tall in my memories, and always will Beth and Addy are both deeply awful, and yet I sympathized with their complex characters completely even when they re dislikable, they interest you, keep you reading The relationship between Beth and Addy is deeply messed up by the forces of competition and codependency and yet they remain so interesting to read about We re all the same under our skin, aren t we We re all wanting things we don t understand Things we can t even name The yearning so deep, like pinions over our hearts. There s something I wanted to talk about in terms of queerness in this book In Dare Me, relationships between men and women are a weapon, used for power and for sex The only relationships that do not revolve around sex are those between women Addy and Coach, and Addy and Beth Yet both of these relationships are influenced by attraction, from the one sided attraction between Addy and Coach to the two sided attraction between Addy and Beth It is simply that these are the only relationships into which the characters pour real emotion and genuine love.This gets a high recommendation from me to anyone who enjoys suspense novels and ambiguity.Blog Goodreads Twitter Instagram Youtube


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    3.75 Stars rounded up Yowza This is Mean Girls at its Very Best and when its Wicked, it s Totally Wicked And when it s Trashy, it s Totally Trashy And in those MOMENTS It is HIGHLY ENTERTAINING.Dare Me by Megan Abbot is High School Cheerleaders version of Mean Girls with a little mystery thrown in It s entertaining and campy and it almost makes me want to be back in High School To be teased mercilessly Not. And I swear the book didn t inspire me to want to go out and buy pom poms either I m serious Really .This is the story of cheerleaders and best friends, Addy Hanson and Beth Cassidy Beth has always been the Captain, and Addy, her lieutenant Together, they are fierce Beth has always been as cold as ICE and no one crosses her and no one can get to her, no one except Addy Then everything changes for Beth, as Addy begins looking up to the new Coach, Ms Colette French, and not Beth Tempers rise between everyone involved and the games begin and I don t mean football games To make matters worse, something goes awry for Addy and for Coach and its something bad with a capital B Many secrets are kept and Beth is the middle of all of it and is loving every single second of it because Beth is bad with a capital B, too.Dare Me is a wickedly entertaining and totally sophomoric novel that was enjoyable and very fast paced I listened to this audiobook and found the narrator to be superb Megan Abbot did a splendid job of creating real characters whose pain I felt and considering most of them were in High School and I am not , I thought that was a nice feat If you are looking for an entertaining though somewhat campy YA novel, give this a go I must provide a disclaimer however that my enjoyment of this novel which includes incidents of teenage bullying does not mean that I, in anyway way, condone that behavior Published on Goodreads and on 5.17.17.


  8. says:

    Previously I d read two Megan Abbott books, The Song is You and Queenpin Both were razor sharp noirs set in the past with cynical hustlers smoking cigarettes and drinking whiskey and basically behaving like the type of people who belong in a black and white movie This book is about cheerleaders in a modern high school.It s not as different as you d like to think.Addy has long been the best friend and lieutenant to Beth, the captain of their cheerleading squad Beth is smart but self centered with a mean streak and a knack for the complete social destruction of anyone who irritates her When a new young coach inspires the squad and pushes them to new levels, a contest of wills between Beth and Coach ensues When Addy begins to side with the Coach, Beth steps up her efforts to reclaim the top spot and tries to use a secret against Coach while Addy scrambles to try and limit the damage When a tragedy occurs, Beth gleefully begins a campaign of psychological warfare against Addy to convince her that Coach isn t what she appears to be.Megan Abbott s writing continues to be among some of the best stuff I m reading these days and she does some outstanding work in two areas in this book First is the way that she puts the reader inside the head of Addy and makes even a bitter and grumpy middle aged man like myself understand and empathize with a teenage cheerleader Second is how she builds up the world of cheerleading with the constant practice of stunts that can cause serious injury if they go wrong The work and pain these young women go through to excel at what they do seems as serious and intense as an NFL training camp I didn t enjoy this quite as much as her other two books, but it s still a four star read.


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    The only generic element in Megan Abbott s vibrant 2012 thriller Dare Me is the title, which promises a standard teen soap opera The characters are anything but, capable of running intricate risk assessment models on their behavior in order to navigate the politics of a high school cheer squad Likewise, Abbott, whose fiction was foreign to me when I began this book, demonstrates remarkable discipline, skill and emotional intelligence in building a challenging maze Despite opportunities for the novel to blunder into silliness or melodrama, the book executes with a leanness and meanness I responded to and finishes on an emotional high that a cheer coach would applaud.Set during a present day of text messaging and social media in a city with no name that could be any city, the lurid, tightly executed tale is the first person account of Adelaine Hanlon, Addy, a sixteen year old cheerleader, the lieutenant of sorts to the squad captain, her friend since second grade and peewee cheer, Beth Cassidy All others both on the squad and in their world bow to Beth s will, until the day their new coach Collette French arrives at practice Inspiring a barrage of texts between Emily, RiRi and the others how old u think looka the whistle, WTF Coach carries herself like a drill sergeant and is not at all impressed with the attitude or accomplishments of the squad.The girls run through their best routines for their new coach She asks them what else they ve got In a demonstration of her aloofness and nerve, Coach grabs the baby fat of one of the other cheerleaders at the waist in front of everyone and commands, Fix it She makes the squad run bleacher sprints, but rather than alienate her pupils, motivates them to earn her respect Offering Addy a ride home from school, Coach remarks, The days of funyans for lunch and tanning beds they re over, girl She calls a special meeting to announce that the squad doesn t need a designated captain All eyes go to Beth, who gives no reaction Meanwhile, the others are enad by Coach After, our bodies spent, our limbs slick, we query her.Sweatless and erect, she looks down at our wasted loins, water bottles rolling over our chests and foreheads Coach, where d you go to high school one of us asks Coach, what s your husband like Coach, is that your car in the faculty lot, or your husband s We try every day, most of us The information comes slow, wriggling out She d gone to school over in Stony Creek, her husband works in a mirrored office tower downtown, and he bought her the car Barely information at all As little as she can share and still share something.So focused, so intent, she ll only answer questions when we ve done our sprints, our bridge bends, our hundreds of searing crunches, backs sliding, squeaking on the floor.The squad begin locking their stunts Deciding they re ready to take it to the next level, they work on a basket toss, in which a pyramid of cheerleaders hurl a Flyer twenty feet into the air and catch her Anticipating that Beth will be their Flyer, Coach picks one of their ex captain s handmaidens instead After a home game, Emily invites Coach to go out with them Their mentor invites them all back to her house instead With Coach s four year old daughter Caitlin in bed and her workaholic husband Matt invisible, Emily offers a toast to Coach with a pint of vodka To their surprise, their coach joins in.Addy becomes close with Coach Her own family barely in the picture, she begins spending time at Coach s house Addy can see that given everything she wants, the coach is unhappy, with a child and husband as unfulfilling to her as jewelry or furniture Addy convinces Beth to join the reindeer games at Coach s house, but the former captain seethes with contempt in what she observes With a reprisal imminent, Addy is relieved when Beth turns her attention to a bet with RiRi on which of them can cop a feel from a National Guard recruiter they call Sarge Stud Trolling the hallways after school, Beth and Addy are drawn to the teacher s lounge, where they discover Coach view spoiler fucking the sarge hide spoiler


  10. says:

    Raw, gritty and completely unforgiving Abbott exposes the teenage girl populace in a harsh and exposing light in this unputdownable dark contemporary Best friends Beth Cassidy and Addy Hanlon are the Queen Bee and Lieutenant of their high school Their status as cheerleaders means no to them than to ensure that all eyes are turned their way as they parade the hallways in packs of short skirts and flipping ponytails That is, until a new coach arrives and is determined to make the cheer pack sleeker, slimmer and daring On their way to perfection, every flaw is uncovered, every trick perfected and not all friendships will last this test of endurance.Abbott is an absolute master at exposing the nuances of the politics that govern the lives of teenage girls Her characters might not represent the norm, but they act as exaggerated spokespersons for what lies beneath the facade of bored indifference, perfectly glossed lips and exposed lengths of legs that categorize these girls More fierce than war generals, determined than Olympic athletes and cut throat than criminals, these girls maintain the facade of solidarity with simpering smiles whilst dually knifing each other in the back at every opportunity I flew through this book in less than a day and found absolutely every page compelling and enthralling Abbott made her pack of glossy cheerleaders far than their image and her quest for raw truth made their stories intrepid and valiant I found no inherent good in the story and yet found myself rooting for each of them, despite their immoral, and often illegal, antics.This voyeuristic insight into the elite cheer pack made me dually want to relive my teenage years as one of their clique and glad that I stayed clear from this dog eat dog form of friendship This tale proves that getting to the top of the pyramid isn t the hardest part, but staying there is.


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