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Dare Me

Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
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Summary

Shortlisted for the CWA Steel Dagger 2012

There's something dangerous about the boredom of teenage girls. Coach said that once. She said it like she knew and understood.

When Colette French arrives at school one fall and takes charge of the cheer squad, she brings a hint of threat. Sleek, remote and careless, she transforms the girls into warriors - and rivals.

Addy and Beth find that for the first time, they have secrets from one another. But their mentor is playing her own deadly game, and there is everything to lose.

©2012 Megan Abbott (P)2016 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"A taut, twisted tale.... Dare Me shimmers with dark sexual tension." (Marie Claire)
"Megan Abbott is an extraordinary writer." (Nick Hornby, The Believer)
"A tense, fast-paced psychological thriller." (The Times)

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Compelling Story

Really interesting story, simplistic but compelling; once you get to the end of course.
I watched the Dare Me season 1 show first before reading the book and I have to say I perceived some characters negatively when I started to read the book, however the way the book is written changed the way I perceive certain characters.
There are key phrases that stuck with me and I’m sure other people who have read this book.
I was disappointed we didn’t get to explore Addy and Beth’s past more because what happens between them is in a way tragic. I think the show is a strong platform to tweak some things and keep the messaging the same so I’m really looking forward to watching season 2 and this book has made me understand a lot more about the characters.

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So irritating and I just wanted it to end!

I downloaded this before a long road trip, so once I was on the road I was unable to turn it off. I didn't care about any of the characters, apart from the main plot (which really shouldn't take 9 hours to tell), nothing really happens. The worst part, the amount of times 'she said' is used in the dialogue! It would appear 10 times per minute:
'I knew all along' she said, 'I didn't think you would betray me' she said, 'I knew you would' she said. 'Oh' I said, 'Yes' she said.
I felt I was slowly going insane. Another thing that was irritating was the amount of times the young girls bodies were described, I know, they are cheerleaders and therefore strong and taunt, but does it really need a full paragraph of descriptions about their 'tight' bodies every 20 minutes?

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Fierce and Feminine

The plot isn't my kind of thing but I think the author is beautiful writer. The characters are strong, cutthroat athletes with such a feline grace. You'll want to get in close to stroke their fur and try to understand them, just remember these cats are wild and they hunt for sport!