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Dare Me by Megan E. Abbott

Dare Me (edition 2012)

by Megan E. Abbott

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Title:Dare Me
Authors:Megan E. Abbott
Info:Picador USA (2012), Hardcover, 256 pages
Collections:Library Loan, Audiobook, Read but unowned
Tags:Audobook, Cheerleaders, High School Drama

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Dare Me by Megan Abbott

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Loved it. "Cheerleader noir". Great voice-driven writing from the perspective of a teen cheerleader. Very lyrical; poetic. Insights offered by the narrator were well beyond a typical teenager but I like my noir to be exaggerated in language and atmosphere so that worked for me. Great book.
  wintersdoor | Jul 2, 2017 |
Mean Girls! ( )
  Juliasb | Dec 1, 2016 |
Sheesh. Twisty delicious creepiness with an undercurrent of true malevolence powered by the deepest and most shallow of creatures-- girls. Girls are way scarier than women. Or men. ( )
  jjaylynny | Nov 12, 2016 |
If you want to know what it's like to be a high school bitch, then read this book. High school girls can be really mean, I know that and I saw it when my daughter went through high school. There are a few who think they are the queens of the school and they treat people horribly to get what they want. I always look at those people not having a very happy life. That is what I think about Beth in Dare Me. She is a bitter girl who is going to have a horrible life if she doesn't let it go. This also showed how a coach/teacher can get wrapped up in their student's lives and how students get too close to their teachers or idolize them. Very well written. I'm glad I never encountered a Beth and I'm glad I was never a Beth. ( )
  MHanover10 | Jul 10, 2016 |
I liked this book but think it will make a much better movie. ( )
  Hassanchop | Jul 4, 2016 |
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A crime novel about a team of high school cheerleaders narrated by a member of the team? You think it sounds like something for the Seventeen crowd? Think again.

In her previous four novels, Abbott has been expert at establishing dark but authentic moods in milieus foreign to most readers. With Dare Me, tensions among the cheerleading crowd lead to murder. Though little mystery surrounds the crime, the world of these adolescent queens —“air thick with Biofreeze and Tiger Balm and sugared coconut of tawny body sprays” — is creepily fascinating.
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The curse of hell upon the sleek upstart
That got the Captain finally on his back
And took the red red vitals of his heart
And made the kites to whet their beaks clack clack.

~John Crowe Ransom
For my parents, who taught me ambition
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"Something happened, Addy.  I think you better come."
There's something dangerous about the boredom of teenage girls.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0316097772, Hardcover)

Amazon Best Books of the Month, August 2012: Oh my, these beautiful, terrible girls, with their "Aruba-tanned" legs and their ferocity and fears, for whom the smallest slights become life-and-death matters. This brilliantly dark and uncomfortably real story, sharp and suspenseful and chilling, made me desperately glad I have sons. The author is so attuned to the "witchiness of girls" and the drama of high school, and then she takes us to the darkest corners of that world. These aren't Mean Girls or Breakfast Club teens--more like Glee on steroids. Megan Abbott is a scary genius. Her voice is fierce and fearless. --Neal Thompson

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After a suspicious suicide, the members of a high school cheerleading squad, along with their new, perfectly cool coach, Colette French, are drawn into the investigation.

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