Megan Abbott's Dare Me: The Fan Squad

02 May 2012

 

Megan Abbott’s Dare Me has added a whole cheerleading squad to her already impressive group of fans.  Responses to Dare Me have been fantastic, from psychological thriller writers to the more literary, everyone is falling for Megan’s electric story telling…

 

‘Megan Abbott is an extraordinary writer’ - Nick Hornby, The Believer

‘In Dare Me Megan Abbott guides us into the subculture of athletic and fierce young cheerleaders, who train together, compete, and bond 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
 

‘Arresting, original and unputdownable.’ - Rosamund Lupton, author of Sister
 

‘I dare you not to love this book. You lucky reader.’ - Tom Franklin, author of Crooked Letter, Crooker Letter
 

‘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
 

‘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.’  - Chevy Stevens, author of Still Missing and Never Knowing
 

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

 

Read an extract from Dare Me here.

 

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