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Tense dark and beautifully written Gillian Flynn this novel of friendship and betrayal from an Edgar Award winning author is a harrowing glimpse into the dark heart of the all American girlAddy 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 suad feared and followed by. 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 routinesI 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 andor 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 uivering 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 gladiatorsIn 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 novelI 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 cliues 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 scaryMost 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 apartIn 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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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 herselfThen a suicide focuses a police investigation on Coach and her suad After the first wave of shock and grief Addy tri. Beth and Addy have been the top dogs on the cheerleading suad 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 FrenchWow I ve said it before but Megan Abbott makes the politics of teenage girls look as brutal as the Game of ThronesDare 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 suad things uickly start falling apart Beth goes on a calculated rampage the Coach s unhappiness is exposed and Addy is stuck trying to hold everything togetherYou 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 forwardThere 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 floorAs 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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Es to uncover the truth behind the death and learns that the boundary between loyalty and love can be dangerous terrainThe raw passions of girlhood are brought to life in this taut unflinching exploration of friendship ambition and power Writing with total authority and an almost desperate intensity Tom Perrotta award winning novelist Megan Abbott delivers a story as unnerving and thrilling as adolescence itselfSpectacular It's Heathers meets Fight Club good Chelsea Cain the New York Times Book Revi. 375 Stars rounded upYowza 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 ENTERTAININGDare 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 ReallyThis 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 tooDare 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 51717


10 thoughts on “Dare Me Author Megan Abbott

  1. says:

    i have watched the first two episodes of this show and i am displeased so far if anyone wants to talk about it i'm gamemegan abbott knows all the secrets of being a girl and she keeps on spilling them book after bookit'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 i

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    Sadugly characters doing sadugly 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 thatThis 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

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    Dare Me by Megan Abbott is a 2012 Picador Books publication After reading “You Will Know Me” I knew I wanted to read Megan Abbott and I had even picked this book to be the next in line It just took me a few years to finally get around to it Much has changed since this book was published in 2012 I know it was only eight years ago but while the ‘mean girls’ trend was successful and still pops up in various forms of entertainment its s

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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 FI

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    Beth and Addy have been the top dogs on the cheerleading suad 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

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    First Read November 2016 Rating 55 starsSecond Read April 2020 Rating 455 starsRaw gritty and completely unforgiving Abbott exposes the teenage girl populace in a harsh and exposing light in this unputdownable dark contemporaryBest friends Beth Cassidy and Addy Hanlon are the ueen Bee and Lieutenant of their high school Their status as cheerl

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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 ge

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    375 Stars rounded upYowza 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 ENTERTAININGDare Me by Megan Abbot is High School Cheerleaders'

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    This book focused on cheerleading which reminds me of the cheerleading movie called Bring It On At first the story is fast paced and then there were weird vibes with Addy and her thoughtsconversations onwith Beth Sarge Coach and Ca

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