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Since both girls were small, Addy Hanlon has always been Beth Cassidy's best friend and right-hand 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.

And then a suspicious suicide hits close to home, and the police investigation focuses on Coach and her squad. As Addy begins to suspect what really happened, the line between right and wrong grows blurrier, and she must decide where her loyalties truly lie-and how far is too far to go for someone you love.

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.

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"Edgar Award-winner Abbott dives into a gut-churning tale of revenge, power, desire, and friendship in the insular world of high school cheerleading, in her latest (after The End of Everything). Addy Hanlon, 16, has always been second lieutenant, 'fidus Achates,' to her best friend Beth, who's pep squad captain. But when a new coach flippantly removes Beth from power and takes Abby as her confidante, Beth turns vengeful. The new coach transforms the squad, changing it from a costumed clique to a competitive team and earning the cheerleaders' adulation, but the squad's development has a darker side: eating disorders, rivalries, cruelty, and the blurring of lines between student and adult. The coach has a darker side, too, and Abby is drawn into her secrets, including a troubled marriage. A shocking turn sends everyone spiraling wildly — and traps Abby in the middle. Abbott's writing in her sixth novel is deliciously slick and dark, matching her characters' threatening circumstances, and the plot is tight and intense, building a world in which even the perky flip of a cheerleader's skirt holds menace. 'There's something dangerous about the boredom of teenage girls,' one character says. Indeed. Agent: Dan Conaway, Writers House. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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The high school cheerleading squad has a new coach: Colette French, perfect in every way, a cool and commanding presence who instantly wins the girls' approval and allegiance. The girls find themselves drawn into Coach's life, opening up to her and eagerly vying for her attention.

But when a suspicious suicide hits close to home, and the police investigation involves Coach and her squad, the girls are left wondering where their loyalties truly lie - and how far is too far to go for those in power.

When it's all over, someone will emerge on top, and the others will have fallen. Megan Abbott brings all of the raw passions of girlhood to life in this taut, unflinching exploration of what it means to be a leader, and what it means to truly fly.

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Jessica V, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Jessica V)
Dare Me is about high school cheerleading like Black Swan is about ballet. I was sequin-smacked by this book. Abbott delivers a familiar, razor-sharp reminder of the intensity of young women. I loved her language of body and bloodsport -- it reminds me of Lidia Yuknavitch's The Chronology of Water.
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Taylor Thorne, August 11, 2012 (view all comments by Taylor Thorne)
What a delightful nasty pleasure this book is! Megan Abbott's tight Noir has come through early 20th century classic settings into its own as it focuses on the contemporary rituals and manias of... High School Cheerleaders. In Abbott's hands this is a treacherous world, rife with narcissism and bubble gum scents, teamwork and treachery, and adroitly drawn vicious little things like the coach, the captain, and the object of both their manipulations, our narrator Addy. Or is it Addy who's making the moves and using them all? This book is tightly spun, and darkly cheekily drawn. It's the kind of book you ope, with a sense of naughty excitement at what you're going to find in each coming chapter. With a subtle driving suspense and a quietly reaching scope that taps you on the shoulder to get you to turn around smiling only to get slapped in the face, this book is the most fun reading I've had this year.
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ISBN:
9780316097772
Author:
Abbott, Megan
Publisher:
Reagan Arthur Books
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Publication Date:
20120731
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HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Edgar Award-winner Abbott dives into a gut-churning tale of revenge, power, desire, and friendship in the insular world of high school cheerleading, in her latest (after The End of Everything). Addy Hanlon, 16, has always been second lieutenant, 'fidus Achates,' to her best friend Beth, who's pep squad captain. But when a new coach flippantly removes Beth from power and takes Abby as her confidante, Beth turns vengeful. The new coach transforms the squad, changing it from a costumed clique to a competitive team and earning the cheerleaders' adulation, but the squad's development has a darker side: eating disorders, rivalries, cruelty, and the blurring of lines between student and adult. The coach has a darker side, too, and Abby is drawn into her secrets, including a troubled marriage. A shocking turn sends everyone spiraling wildly — and traps Abby in the middle. Abbott's writing in her sixth novel is deliciously slick and dark, matching her characters' threatening circumstances, and the plot is tight and intense, building a world in which even the perky flip of a cheerleader's skirt holds menace. 'There's something dangerous about the boredom of teenage girls,' one character says. Indeed. Agent: Dan Conaway, Writers House. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , The high school cheerleading squad has a new coach: Colette French, perfect in every way, a cool and commanding presence who instantly wins the girls' approval and allegiance. The girls find themselves drawn into Coach's life, opening up to her and eagerly vying for her attention.

But when a suspicious suicide hits close to home, and the police investigation involves Coach and her squad, the girls are left wondering where their loyalties truly lie - and how far is too far to go for those in power.

When it's all over, someone will emerge on top, and the others will have fallen. Megan Abbott brings all of the raw passions of girlhood to life in this taut, unflinching exploration of what it means to be a leader, and what it means to truly fly.

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