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Just didn't get it,
This review is from: Dare Me: A Novel (Kindle Edition)
Based on the book description alone, I might have waited for the Kindle version of this book to be available at my library. I bought it based on the reviews...and now, I wish I'd waited. I expected a dark, quirky thriller about a cheerleading squad gone haywire. What I got was a story of one cheerleader (Addy) who's spent years as a subservient follower of her cheer captain and "best friend" Beth. Beth is mean, spiteful, and so completely unlikeable that I wanted to light the book (er, Kindle) on fire just to eliminate her from this world. As to why Addy remains so very loyal to her - perhaps that's supposed to be the mystery of the novel. If so, I never figured it out. The other characters, if not necessarily unlikeable, are just uninteresting altogether. The stunning twist of a murder was not twisty and did not stun me. And the writing - I suppose it was good. But. Every chapter, every section within chapters, ended with a seemingly profound statement that I just did not get. And 500 hyphenated adjectives later ("blister-white tennis shoes", "dusty-shouldered geometry teachers and crepy-skinned guidance counselors), it kind of got on my nerves. Really, I just wanted it to end.
I finished it, because it was decent enough that I didn't light my Kindle on fire after all. And I could tolerate it enough to find out how it ended, because, I guess I did want to know how it ended. I'm not saying don't read it. I am saying, wait till you can read it for free.
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Initial post: Aug 14, 2012 5:34:06 PM PDT
Bushy Bubble Dancer says:
I agree completely. I read it to get it over with.
Posted on Aug 23, 2012 9:06:38 AM PDT
I kept wondering if teen girls are really this hard and soulless these days. So much drinking and scheming and the name calling! Do they really call each other all these awful names?
I agree the mystery was not that mysterious. It wasn't the worst book I've read this year but it was close.
Posted on Sep 1, 2012 12:49:06 PM PDT
Julie A. Deboard says:
I completely agree! I didn't like any of these characters. I know that teenage girls can be bitchy and just plain mean sometimes, but my daughter and her friends just weren't like this. The author was trying to sound intelligent with some of her phrasing and metaphors, but it was totally unrealistic for me to think that a 16 year old cheerleader talks or thinks like this. A big disappointment.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 5, 2012 1:09:14 PM PDT
Me too. I had the added restraint of being on a long flight and having no other books on my kindle.
Posted on Sep 9, 2012 2:26:31 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 9:16:32 PM PST
I totally agree. I read the first half and thought there had to be more to the book. When it ended I was very disappointed.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2012 6:55:33 AM PST
Sinatra Fan says:
Your edit is completely off base; there this nothing whatsoever wrong with the original. Your substitution of "relationship" for "order of things" is jarringly WRONG.
Posted on Feb 26, 2013 10:59:31 AM PST
Totally agree. I was about to write my own review but yours was so close to the way I felt, right down to the 2-Stars, I didn't bother. I was totally turned off by all the backbiting and constant meanness - no one seemed to have any redeeming values or parents for that matter, not to mention ever having a square meal. I'm usually the first one to embrace stories about dysfunctional people but this was totally over the top and unbelievable.
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