Freelance theatrical designer in Chicago - listening to books while I paint has become my new favorite hobby!
I did not expect to be so thoroughly engrossed in a book about cheerleaders, but I found myself constantly invested in what would happen next to Addy and Beth. Caught up in what many would consider the toxic environment of adolescent cheerleading - popularity contests, eating disorders, a strong desire to be desired - Addy is the "everyman" of teenage girls and while the older, responsible side of me wants to see her safe in bed at 9pm, it is impossible to not become swept up in the drama of her life.
When a new, young, flashy coach comes to town, the tribe of cheerleaders experience a major upheaval in their ranks and all they had come to understand as normal. Beth, the dangerous but irresistible team captain, struggles to hold onto the old ways while Coach Colette French ushers in a brave new world filled with demons of her own. It's a power struggle of the first degree and Addy is stuck in the middle. Equal parts heightened teen drama and high-stakes intrigue, this book will keep you captivated until the final page (minute).
I love it when I have no idea what's going to happen next.
No... I didn't gain anything from it, but, I don't think that's the point of this kind of book. I'll admit that it had a few moments that were tense and made me keep listening when I needed to stop. But, in general, this story is trite and everyone in it is incredibly unlikeable.
No.... I'd be embarrassed for them to know I listened to this one.
She's one of my favorite narrators out there. I'm glad I listened to this instead of reading it. I would have hated it if I read it, but Khristine Hvam made it at least entertaining.
Maybe... Just to see who would play all of the characters.
I downloaded this as a suggestion for people who like "Gone Girl". Ummmm... No. This is NOTHING like that book.
I will listen to Dare Me again. This is a multi-layered story and I am still thinking about it and coming up with new insights.
It gave me chills
I have read a number of "Young Adult" books, of those this is the first time that I felt the story was strictly for young adults, it does not transcend to an older audience as many others can and do. I would guess that young adults would enjoy the dark edge of this story, but I found it pretty over-the-top juvenile.
I doubt it; I don't relate her story telling but I take responsability for that, the book is designated as "Young Adult".
The narration was an excellent match. Much of the dialog is extreme teen talk and even hard to listen to, but it is presented in a believable teen manner.
Although a bit extreme, I suspect the dark side of this story is one that many true young adult readers would find intriguing.
One reviewer related this story to "The Secret History", that is a very weak comparison. That story had smarts, this one does NOT.
I never felt like a I cared or hated any of the characters. This is amid at a cretin demographic and I was not one of them.
It's a lot like an LMN movie which I admit I like but other than that I didn't think it was that great. The cheerleaders are annoying, the story became predictable.
Say something about yourself!
Ok, I'll admit I just came off a 3 book Gillian Flynn jag and if you've read her you know how intense and well written her novels are; so I may be judging this book by to high a standard. Overall I would say that only about a quarter of the book really held my interest. Maybe had I been a cheerleader I would have enjoyed this more. The ending was a complete disappointment. Narrator did a good job.
I own a small shop selling custom/costume Jewelry. I love to listen to audio books while I create jewelry. I love all animals and get very upset when they aren't treated well, even in fiction.
Choppy, hard to follow. Waste of a credit. Very strange book. The reader was very good!
This is a story of a mentally sick and hateful girl trying to control others including the other girls on their cheerleading squad.. Despicable language and attitudes. I found no redeeming value even in the protagonist who did not have the character to stop the tragedy to follow. I would not waste my time.
I picked up this book because I saw that one of my favorite mystery authors, Gyllian Flynn, recommended it. Parts of it felt too YA for me even though I enjoy a good YA novel. Other parts were like, "whoa! this is for kids?" The character development was pretty good in a lot of ways. But the rest of it just didn't pull together for me. Almost like a trashy teen novel trying to pretend it is something more meaningful.