"Megan Abbott has [written]...The Great American Cheerleading Novel, and—stop scowling—it's spectacular.... Subversive stuff... 'Heathers' meets 'Fight Club' good." --Chelsea Cain, New York Times Book Review
Addy Hanlon and Beth Cassidy are tough, inseparable, invincible. No pair more charismatic or sophisticated. No pair more dangerous.
But with the fall term, their new coach arrives and things begin to change. She has plans for the cheerleading squad. All sleek poise and cool command, the girls are soon entirely in her thrall. Faster, harder, higher, thinner, the stakes raised, their world contracting, they compete to risk-everything.
She, however, has been crossing a line of her own.
From the author of The End of Everything, Dare Me is a searing novel about the allure of adulthood and the dark heart of adolescence: the fierce bonds between girls, their bitter rivalries, and their power to transform one another.
Dare Me was released 10 May 2012 in the UK, and July 31 in the US. See Megan's tour dates here. It was named one of "this summer's most anticipated new novels" by Entertainment Weekly, Newsday and the Wall Street Journal.
Dare Me was named: One of Entertainment Weekly's Best Books of 2012, One of Salon's Ultimate Book Guide Choices for 2012, One of The Millions's Best Books of 2012, and NBC's The Today Show's Holiday Book Picks: Gillian Flynn's selection. See some of the recognition that The End of Everything has received, including being named on "Best Of" Lists from Publisher's Weekly, Boston Globe, Washington Examiner, and more!
"Stirring...[a] storytelling feat." --New York Times
"A psychologically astute thriller...Abbott's latest is not only a page-turning mystery -- it's also a close look at teen girls' ferocious rivalries and intense bonds."
"Megan Abbott's chilling new novel...turns the frothy world of high-school cheerleading into something truly menacing."
Wall Street Journal
"Abbott has become expert at revealing truths we thought we knew but didn't, delivered in prose that is by turns elegant and incantatory."
"One of the most exciting and original voices of her generation."
"Deft, intelligent and enthralling."
"Megan Abbott writes with total authority and an almost desperate intensity; [she] grabs hold of you and won't let go."
"Megan Abbott captures the essence of being thirteen - all its magic, its intensity, its headlong power and its terrible vulnerability - and wraps it in a story that's taut, unflinching and very hard to put down."