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To Take a Dare (A Bantam-Starfire book) Paperback – December 31, 1984

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A Best Book for Young Adults --American Library Association

Strong stuff. A Voice that should be heard. --Publishers Weekly

Sure to Hook a Large Audience of Worldy-Wise teens --The New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The day Chrysta Perretti runs away from her crazy parents in Benton, Illinois, she feels she's angry enough to stay on the road forever. But two years later, when the car she's in suddenly breaks down in a small Arkansas town, Chrysta's road fever dies too, and something new is born: something tells her that it's possible to start over and she doesn't have to be alone. In Excelsior Springs, Chrysta comes to learn the power of lasting friendships, for it is because of her newfound friends that she just might survive a dark, unexpected, and dangerous new episode in her life. Crescent Dragonwagon and Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Zindel explore what happens when a thirteen-year-old runaway dares to stop running and learns to face the good and the bad in herself. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Bantam-Starfire book
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group (December 31, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553238647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553238648
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,030,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Part of the blisteringly honest modern YA genre born of Judy Blume, which exploded in the 70s and 80s, "To Take A Dare" explores the unbearable pressures which lead up to Chris/Chrysta's running away from home, finding herself on the road, and the reasons why she attempts to adopt a young runaway, Dare, in an attempt to give him a true family. Fans of Dragonwagon's witty, funny, sharp and tender writing style won't be disappointed; Chrysta's word-portraits of the stifling suburbia she grows up in, her sadly frustrated family, her life on the road and her discovery of a true home in Arskansas, are all memorable. But Dragonwagon's view of life on the road, gritty as it is, with Chrysta's trading sexual favors for a lift or place to stay, is, in the end, terribly naive. This isn't the author's fault; any book about sexual trading pre-AIDS inevitably seems like apostcard written from the deck of the Titanic. But even minus the sex, life on the road for Chrysta seems a little too idyllic; something read and written about, rather than experienced. Like the obvious symbolism of "take a Dare," it is more read-about than real. But the portrayal of a young woman running to find and then defend her own standards and her own life is not easily dismissed. Dragonwagon's literary style and love of language lift this book above the typical teen-problem novel.
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Excellent seller. Excellent book! I have very much enjoyed rereading this title that has been out of print for a very long time!
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By meg on October 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
She's a run-away. Driven by rage and a passion to have a normal life, nothing can stop her. Who is this? Her name is Chrysta, a young 14 year old that is just trying to find a normal life or even a normal family.
This teen finds many friends along the way. Leaving some so thy can go their ways (but always communicating). As she travels about the country, she learns lessons, and the real meanings of things that weren't so important to her before. She grew up hard in the beginning, but she learns about herself along the way. This realistic fiction novel is sure to enter the lives of teenage girls.
This book was strait with the information. There were hardly any if, an's, or but's. You would think with all the description it had, it might have been real. I would defiantly recommend this book to teenage girls! It is so realistic, and makes you think, "Wow, this book could of really happened!" It's not one of those boring books that make you think, "When will this part ever end?"
Chrysta is constantly moving around to new places, more new friends, and even more life-long lessons. Page after page you knew you had to keep going. There was no stop. Many teens could of related to Chrysta during one of her situations in the book. So many events that happened, you would have to relate to one of them.
So do you happen to be a teenage girl with a thirst of realistic fiction adventures through the up's and downs? Pick up, To Take A Dare. You couldn't regret it. You're questions are sure to be, "Does she find her NORMAL life?" Maybe, maybe not. She may find other things just as important along the way.
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