Review: Dare Me by Megan Abbott

Review: Dare Me by Megan Abbott

Megan Abbott does it again. Well, since Dare Me came before The Fever, I guess I should say Megan Abbott is perfect. She will draw you in at page one and keep you absolutely hooked through the last page.

In Dare Me, readers are thrown into a pack of cheerleaders, and come to learn what makes them tick, where the alliances are, and who the real leaders are. The book opens with a new coach, someone all of the girls come to trust as a friend and leader. Most of all Addy. Addy and Beth have been best friends since forever, and Beth doesn’t like the idea of someone new coming in and stealing the attention of her best friend, and Beth has always been a kind of problem child.

Coach is the leader the girls need to become their best — and most intense — selves. But as secrets are revealed and things become increasingly tense between Addy and Beth, Addy and Coach, and Addy and the rest of the team — you can’t help but keep turning the pages and find out what was really going on among them.

I said it about The Fever and I’ll say it again: Megan Abbott is amazing when it comes to writing high school characters. Well, when it comes to writing in general. You can really see what makes these girls tick, how important their image as cheerleaders and girls is to them, and what being a part of the squad really means to them. I wasn’t a cheerleader in high school, but this book will make you feel like you were. Seriously, I don’t know how she does it, but I’m already handing my copies of both Dare Me and The Fever to anyone asking for a book recommendation.

Please tell me about more books like this, please!

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  1. I loved The Fever last summer and have wanted to read Dare Me ever since…plus, I loved Bring it On, so this one is especially up my alley even though I was most definitely NOT a cheerleader growing up! Glad you liked it as much as The Fever…maybe I’ll try to fit in in this summer.