Dare Me

A Novel
By Megan Abbott (Electronic Book, 2012)
Addy Hanlon has always been Beth Cassidy's best friend and trusted 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.

Then a suicide focuses a police investigation on Coach and her squad. After the first wave of shock and grief, Addy tries to uncover the truth behind the death -- and learns that the boundary between loyalty and love can be dangerous terrain.

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.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Electronic Book

    • Price: $9.99 US/$9.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316203234

    • On Sale Date: 07/31/2012

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    • Imprint: Reagan Arthur Books

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Addy Hanlon has always been Beth Cassidy's best friend and trusted 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.

Then a suicide focuses a police investigation on Coach and her squad. After the first wave of shock and grief, Addy tries to uncover the truth behind the death -- and learns that the boundary between loyalty and love can be dangerous terrain.

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.

Megan Abbott is the Edgar Award-winning author of five previous novels. She received her Ph.D. in literature from New York University and has taught literature, writing, and film at NYU, the New School, and SUNY-Oswego. She lives in New York City.
  • EARLY PRAISE FOR THE END OF EVERYTHING:

    "Megan Abbott is the perfect storyteller -- compelling, confounding and unconventional. And THE END OF EVERYTHING is a dark, twisted tale that will echo in the back of your mind long after you've closed the book." (Val McDermid, author of A Place of ExecutionMermaids SingingFever of the Bone, etc.).

  • "With the END OF EVERYTHING, Megan Abbott takes an insightful, sensuous coming-of-age tale and ties it to a freight train of a mystery. The result is a novel that's bold, unnerving, poignant and full of yearning-like that first teenage year itself." (Gillian Flynn, bestselling author of Sharp Objects and Dark Places).

  • "Lizzie's quest to find her missing best friend Evie, and make Evie's seemingly perfect family whole again, is riveting and heartbreaking.  Abbott's lyrical prose gives voice to a girl in the grips of profound loss and transformation.  This is a book that gets under your skin and stays there." (Jennifer McMahon, author of Promise Not to Tell and Island of Lost Girls).

  • "Megan Abbott captures the essence of being thirteen - all its magic, its intensity and confusion, its headlong power and its terrible vulnerability - and wraps it in a story that's taut, unflinching and very hard to put down." (Tana French, author of In the Woods).

  • "Megan Abbott is always a surprising writer, one with a liking for the raw and ambivalent side of life.  THE END OF EVERYTHING moves her away from the deeply satisfying pleasures of noir towards something more subtle, but still deft, enthralling and intelligent." (Kate Atkinson, author of Started Early, Took My Dog).

  • "This is a gripping and disturbing novel, a fever dream of adolescent desire and adult complicity. Megan Abbott writes with total authority and an almost desperate intensity; her story grabs hold of you and won't let go." (Tom Perrotta, author of Little Children ).

  • PRAISE FOR MEGAN ABBOTT:

    "Megan Abbott: Superb storyteller, film noir scholar, deconstructionist suffused with a true artist's passion. Poised to ascend to the top rung of crime writing and quite possibly something beyond." (James Ellroy).

  • "Writers such as James Ellroy, Richard Price, Dennis Lehane, Donald Westlake, Walter Mosley, Laura Lippman, James Sallis, Megan Abbott, and George Pelecanos have managed to infuse crime novels with a quality of writing not seen since the days of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and James M. Cain." (Malcolm Jones, Newsweek).

  • PRAISE FOR BURY ME DEEP:

    "This is top-notch retro- noir. ... The narrative of Bury Me Deep has a dreamlike quality that mirrors the hazy existence of its protagonist. Marion often seems to be floating through life, and Abbott captures that feeling with the ethereal nature of her prose." (David Montgomery, The Chicago Sun-Times).

  • "Abbott's giddy prose and dialogue zigzag from flowery to slangy, but she's always in control. While there's no real comparison to Fitzgerald, Bury Me Deep is reminiscent of The Great Gatsby in its uncanny scenes of drink and drugs. They were so powerful that I had the impression I was myself intoxicated." (Adam Woog, The Seattle Times).

  • PRAISE FOR QUEENPIN:

    "If Cain boiled down Ellroy's complicated mixture of people, places and themes, dashed in his trademark cynicism and moral ambiguity, and filtered the brew with Chandler's masterful use of slang and dialogue, the result might have the flavor of Abbott's fiction." (Timothy J. Lockhart, The Virginian-Pilot).

  • EARLY PRAISE FOR DARE ME:

    "A fascinating, almost voyeuristic, glimpse into the power struggle that goes on between teenaged girls. Not just any teenaged girls-cheerleaders-with their own unique hierarchy and fierce code of loyalty, which they'll protect at any cost. There's a dark and twisted love story here, told with a rich sensual undertone that lingers long after you close the last page, still breathing in your ear: Dare me." (Chevy Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of Still Missing and Never Knowing).

  • "Arresting, original and unputdownable." (Rosamund Lupton, New York Times bestselling author of Sister).

  • "I dare you not to love this book. You lucky reader." (Tom Franklin, New York Times bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter).

  • "DARE ME sneaks up on you from behind, pulling on long-forgotten memories of teenaged desperation, obsession, and desire. This is truly masterful storytelling." (Alafair Burke, author of Never Tell).

  • "Megan Abbott's brilliant new book  presents a number of possibilities-the mysterious and the erotic, as well as the inevitable and paradoxical lessons of girlhood-with such illumination that the joyful terrors of adolescence were once again present in me. Abbott's characters, confronted with unaccustomed questions and strange, new difficulties, remind us that the loss of innocence can, if we are fortunate, emerge into a lustrous wisdom." (Susanna Moore, author of In the Cut).

  • "In Dare Me Megan Abbott guides us into the subculture of athletic and fierce young cheerleaders, who train together, compete, andbond until they form a rugged unit much as Marines form a rugged unit. She finds the nearly sinister underside of everyday events and somehow builds great suspense from ingredients that seem so familiar. Abbott has become expert at revealing truths we thought we knew but didn't, delivered in prose that is by turns elegant and incantatory." (Daniel Woodrell, author of Winter's Bone).

Product Details

Dare Me
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $9.99 US/$9.99 CAN
  • ISBN-13: 9780316203234
  • On Sale Date: 07/31/2012
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