"A fantastic psychological thriller about the dark side of cheerleading!"
Reviewed by Rachael Dimond
Posted September 29, 2012
Thriller | Young Adult Suspense
Everyone has known a ''mean girl'' in high school. You
know the clique of girls who are usually cheerleaders.
Their bodies are perfect, makeup flawless, boys worship
them and they can do no wrong. Mean girls get whatever
they want with a snap of their fingers. They threaten
authority, they flirt inappropriately with older men, and
they do whatever it takes to get their way. DARE ME is the
story of those girls.
Beth has always been the Captain of the cheerleading
squad. She dominates all the girls and everyone fears
her. Addy is her Lieutenant of sorts. She used to do
whatever Beth said but their dynamic has changed. When the
girls get a new coach named Colette French, Beth's world is
turned upside down.
Coach French doesn't believe in having a Captain, she is
the one in charge, not Beth. She works the girls extra
hard to become perfect cheerleaders. Whether they resort
to purging, starving, drinking, pills, whatever it takes,
go for it. All of the girls on the squad worship their
young new Coach and want to learn more about her life.
Addy starts to form a friendship with her outside of
When tragedy hits, Addy is caught in the middle and is
terrified. She cares about both her friends and doesn't
want to pick sides. Without knowing who to trust, she
starts to investigate what really happened. Will Addy find
out the truth before another life is ruined? How far will
Beth go to win back Addy's friendship?
DARE ME is extremely addictive from the very first page. I
had no idea what I was getting into when I started it.
What at first seemed like an innocent novel about
cheerleading turned into a psychological mystery that was
so creepy and chilling that I couldn't put it down.
DARE ME is comparable to Mean Girls the movie, but much
darker and more sinister. The lengths Beth would go to, to
like she is Queen Bee of the school was chilling. I
haven't read a story like DARE ME in a very long time. I am
still in shock by how exciting and mind blowing this book
DARE ME left me breathless, intensely turning the pages for
8 hours straight until I finished this book. The
characters are very diverse and all too real. I would
without a doubt recommend DARE ME to readers who enjoy a
tightly plotted psychological novel. Overall, DARE ME is a
superb novel and I cannot wait to get my hands on Megan
Learn more about Dare Me
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 arrives.
Cool 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
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.
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