Dare Me

Dare Me - Megan Abbott

I had a hard time figuring out how to rate this book. I think I liked it more than I disliked it so 3 stars it is. I've heard it explained as Cheerleading Fight Club and Lord of the Flies with Cheerleaders. This book is a psychological thriller about a cheer team who gets a new coach. Collette, the new coach, does away with the cheer captain position which doesn't sit well with the former captain, Beth. Told from the point of view of the cheer lieutenant, Addy, we see the way that the team is drawn to Collette and how Beth fights for control.


I liked a lot of the things about this book.  Really there are no good characters, everyone is pretty terrible and I liked that. I liked the story arc, and the thriller mystery elements.  I liked and hated the writing.  A lot of this book felt like things I saw at my high school,  because of that I really appreciated the tone and way that Abbott wrote this story but at the same time a lot of the language was really annoying to me and felt like it was distracting and detracted from the story. Some of the elements that were put in this book felt like they where there solely for shock value, but then I can point to events that place them firmly in the real world. 


Basically, I had a lot of mixed feelings about this book. I don't think I'll pick up more from Meg Abbott because I've hear a lot of her stories similar and I don't think I liked this enough to pick up another one.