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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. 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 Who are any of them at war with Why are any of them so angry If I am expected to care then explain to me why they are this way Otherwise don t waste my timeThere is no character that you have hopes for or care for or even like other than perhaps the victim but even there what that person was doing was wrong Who in this whole book actually does rightNone of these characters are even fully formed There is reference made of Beth s issues but never explained why she behaves as she does nor why none of these girl s parents seem to give two hoots about their supposedly perfect daughtersThe way the girls tear at one another bully each other and these are supposed to be their friends I just don t understand what the author was trying to say with thisAnd the big revealI don t mean the reveal of the death which you would think is the big reveal but the actual big reveal in the final pages Yeah saw that coming a mile away wondered how long it would take to get there Who caresThere are some big continuity problems that don t make sense Coach has her hair in a bob but then later only a matter of weeks later it is described in a ponytail and a French braid So does she have long hair long enough for a French braid or ponytail or is it a bobAt one time Coach is speaking to the girls in the locker room and they begin to scream with joy jumping on the bleachers There aren t bleachers in locker rooms The worst one is p 117 Clattering the phone against the wall she catapults it down the toiletAddy is there and witnesses this happening the phone down the toilet The book is told in first person from Addy s viewpoint So then why on page 121 does she say I can t get Beth to return my texts Yeah that would be because her phone went down the toilet four pages ago which Addy witnessed Stupid On page 123 Beth asks for her phone back and Addy reminds her that it went down the toilet So then why was she texting her two pages ago when she knows Beth s phone went down the toilet Makes absolutely no sense Additionally the description of the victimsuicide which Addy saw says the weapon was lying under the leg but later Addy reads that it was by the victim s head p 191 reading from the newspaper article Recoil will usually cause a handgun to land behind the body the source noted not next to the head where it was found Addy is trying hard to figure out what happened and she never thinks to herself that that isn t where the gun was but was under the leg She supposedly can t get the image out of her mind but she doesn t think that this is wrong So I m guessing it is an error on the part of the author Since all of theses small details do seem to matter to the plot that is really badly doneAlso what world do these people live in where the high school cheer coach in her office at the high school smokes And I mean smokes like a flipping chimney You can t even smoke outside most schools around here let alone in the building And she gives the girls cigarettes and then serves them alcohol at her home with no mention whatever that this isn t okay There is tons of teen drinking drugging drinking and driving drinking while driving with no mention at all that anyone is at all aware that these things aren t right Parents seem to not exist in this world Bottom line One word Ugly Final Exit: The Practicalities of Self-deliverance & Assisted Suicide for the Dying 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 Soulbinder (Spellslinger, order Venus in the Cloister: or, the Nun in her Smock of things that has brought them to the pinnacle Витез заточнк of their high school careers Now they're seniors who rule the intensely competitive cheer suad feared and followed by. 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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. 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 genre It has been over a year now since I read this book and it still haunts me Dare Me is about obsession It s about dedication and coming of age in a brutal world It s about power plays and hatred It s about the drive for competition and how boyfriends and dating play into that competition in the teen world It s about the twisted kind of love The writing is gorgeous without being purple prosey All of this incorporates itself into a brilliantly suspenseful novel that is impossible to put down I read this book in midwinter at Lake Tahoe yet the atmosphere of this book drew me in so well that I was totally lost Megan Abbott s mood and tonal shifts are genuinely remarkable keeping you on the edge of your seat I love mood books I love books that make me feel even when I don t know what s happening This book is confusing and screwed up and flat out weird but it s utterly amazing The ending is almost unclear I don t think I liked it when I first read this But in hindsight I think the ambiguous and odd ending worked perfectly It s the reason this book still stands tall in my memories and always will Beth and Addy are both deeply awful and yet I sympathized with their complex characters completely even when they re dislikable they interest you keep you reading The relationship between Beth and Addy is deeply messed up by the forces of competition and codependency and yet they remain so interesting to read about We re all the same under our skin aren t weWe re all wanting things we don t understand Things we can t even name The yearning so deep like pinions over our hearts There s something I wanted to talk about in terms of ueerness in this book In Dare Me relationships between men and women are a weapon used for power and for sex The only relationships that do not revolve around sex are those between women Addy and Coach and Addy and Beth Yet both of these relationships are influenced by attraction from the one sided attraction between Addy and Coach to the two sided attraction between Addy and Beth It is simply that these are the only relationships into which the characters pour real emotion and genuine loveThis gets a high recommendation from me to anyone who enjoys suspense novels and ambiguityBlog Goodreads Twitter Instagram Youtube


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 b

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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? Who are any of them at war with? Why are any of them so angry? If I am expected to care then explain

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    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 FINE THE WORST KIND to me I suppose you're allowed to like it So many analogies that don't actually even MEAN ANYTHING You can't just say things and call it writingwishbone arms? What do you mean by that? What is that? So what? They're all bowed out? They're skinny? They

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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 Game of Th

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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 cheerleaders means no to them than to ensure that all eyes are turned their way as

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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

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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' 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

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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 Casey This story seems to be about friendship but somehow the relationship is tumultuous I do

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