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    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 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.

    ©2012 Megan Abbott (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    • dougal
    • 03/08/2012

    Intense reading

    If you could sum up Dare Me in three words, what would they be?

    Mutually assured destruction

    What other book might you compare Dare Me to and why?

    The secret history by Donna Tarrt due to the intensity of the relationships; the adult/ teen interplay & the dark undercurrent. Several of the Nicci French novels have similar themes of the perils of self/ other confusion.

    What does Khristine Hvam bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    The reader delivered the teenage voice with credibility & maimtained my interest in some of the details of Cheering, not a subject matter which initially engaged me.

    Who was the most memorable character of Dare Me and why?

    Addy remains memorable for prevailing in the midst of the self destruction of Beth, Will & Coach. Beth was right, Addy was always the strong one.

    Any additional comments?

    For the first couple of chapters, i thought i had erred in buying a YA listen but after that this 50 something year old was fully engaged with the characters & their motivations while a vivid mind movie of their athletic feats was running throughout.The author managed to evoke memories of my own high school humiliations & gratitude that those memories now have the benefit of life experience.

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    • Betty
    • 07/08/2012

    SURPRISINGLY THOUGHTFUL. WORTHWHILE READ!

    As other reviewers have noted, this is a poignant coming-of-age novel. Also there are elements of mystery and suspense. It should appeal to readers of all ages, especially YA readers. I recommend it highly.

    The book also provokes questions about people who are already grown-up. Where are the adults in the lives of Addy, Beth and their Cheer Squad? Why are young girls assuming (correctly) that they can get in their cars at all hours and not be in trouble with, not even be missed by, their parents. Is Coach Colette ever concerned about the very real, potentially life threatening, danger in some of the routines she allows these kids to train for? Sharing alcohol and cigarettes with her students is not appropriate, but involving her student in her extramarital affair is totally unacceptable. Coach needs an adult in her life.

    Abbott reminds us that beneath the bravado, the trash talk, the sexual experimentation, there is usually a fragile child trying to make it through some tough years. What is left when both the parents and the in loco parentis are missing.

    The writing and the narration are excellent. The cover is extraordinary.

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    • Brook
    • 17/06/2014

    Very well written

    If you could sum up Dare Me in three words, what would they be?

    Evocative, startling voice

    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful writing from Megan Abbott. This woman really knows how to not only plot a taut story arc but also how to evoke compelling 3-D characters & craft precise, vivid, crackling prose. (Re. performance: I do so wish our narrators would stop making adolescent girls sound like munchkins. That said, this book's audio-narrator does give a *far* more nuanced performance than the audio-narrator of Abbott's The End of Everything, who basically ruins the latter book. Sad.)

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    • Adrienne R.
    • 17/12/2016

    Ugh

    You know that line from the movie Billy Madison when the principal says "and we are all dumber for having heard that" that's how I feel after listening to this book.

    Given the content, I think the narrator did well because I imagine that's exactly how these girls would have sounded. But it was interesting to hear the main character use such big and smart words for a senior in high school. - with the way she talked it just didn't work well.

    Overall, save your time and money.

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    • Kate Givan
    • 14/10/2017

    Mental Health Was an Afterthought if that

    I was disappointed that serious issues such as eating disorders and self harm were glossed over or made light of. I understand they were a part of the plot and not the focus but it concerns me greatly that they were handled so casually.

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    • Brigitte
    • 06/08/2012

    Awesome

    What made the experience of listening to Dare Me the most enjoyable?

    The main character of this book was so dark for a teenage girl. That made it an extremly interesting read.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dare Me?

    Following through the story and trying to figure out who were the bad guys and who were the good guys, would have to be my favorite part.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can not pick one, I really enjoyed each of the different little plots that took place.

    Who was the most memorable character of Dare Me and why?

    Well Addy would be the obvious choice as she is telling the story although I do believe Beth was actually my favorite.

    Any additional comments?

    Great read if you enjoy dark mysteries and girly type books.

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    • lptocino
    • 26/06/2019

    bring it on, bring it on

    okay, I'm a huge Megan abott fan but cheerleading? really? ... really. this book was awesome. any one else that grew up in the nineties will be furious that this book isn't the story line that bring it on adopted. this book will cause another resurgence of cheer books movies shows whatever. I'm a believer. great absolutely great phenomenal book

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    • Dana Durst
    • 23/07/2017

    Ridiculous

    This book was interesting enough for me to finish but multiple times I laughed at its ridiculousness. No cheer squad in the history of cheer squads acts this way. Story could have been good but many of the references were lame and repetitive.

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    • Cyndey Joyner
    • 06/06/2017

    Don't Bother If You Know Cheer

    Obviously the author, editor, nor publisher were ever cheerleaders, cheer parents or coaches. Being all three, this book got EVERYTHING wrong. It was if a 16-year-old cheer wannabe wrote it. This coach would be out under the jail for her drinking and smoking with the squad. Just pure stupid and a waste of time!

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    • Ashleigh
    • 13/03/2015

    Good, but it feels like something is missing

    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It feels like a lot of waiting for something to happen. Halfway through, I still wasn't sure what the plot actually was. Something about the book, and most of the characters, felt hollow.

    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    Khristine Hvam is always great. (Although is it just me, or did her voice for Beth sound a lot like Romy from Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion?)

    Was Dare Me worth the listening time?

    Yes.

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    • Talita
    • 26/01/2021

    Well, not very good.

    I don’t know what this story wants to say, it could have been good? Maybe? No probably not. The characters are flat most times annoying even. Beth was a bitch and Addy I don’t even know what she was Hero worshipping her cheer coach it bordered on painful. And had Colette been someone cool and worthy of it then maybe I could’ve liked her but she wasn’t. And the attempt to make her troubled? Well no feelings came through for me. And the writing also sounded to me like the diary of a 6th grader. I’m very disappointed.

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