Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Review: 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 terrain.
This book is full of characters that are not exactly upstanding citizens. None of these people are completely innocent or likeable. Addy and Beth at first seem like opposite sides of the same coin, but in actuality they seem to be almost the same kind of person. Beth is ruthless and direct and Addy is the same, but on another level. They both gravitate around each other and bump into each other. They each get what they want but in vastly different ways. Like I said, not a single character is really all that likeable.
Does this mean I hated this book? Hells, naw! I gobbled it up. It's got this soapish train wreck quality that I like in a book on occasion. So many bitches and bastards put into one book..it's bound to be explosive! That's what this book is! It starts off on a slow burn..kind of like when you put a match to the fuse of a stick of dynamite. Just watch out! Towards the end things really go kablooey!
There is a pretty good plot twist too. I will give that to Megan Abbott. I did not see that one coming! Good show, Madam! Good show indeed!