By Megan Abbott
Addy Hanlon has continually been Beth Cassidy's ally and relied on lieutenant. Beth calls the photographs and Addy incorporates them out, a usual order of items that has introduced them to the top in their high-school careers. Now they're seniors who rule the intensely aggressive cheer squad, feared and by means of the opposite women -- till the younger new trainer arrives.
Cool and commanding, an emissary from the grownup international simply past their succeed in, trainer Colette French attracts Addy and the opposite cheerleaders into her existence. purely Beth, unsettled by way of the recent regime, continues to be outdoor Coach's golden circle, waging a sophisticated yet vicious crusade to regain her place as "top girl" -- either with the crew and with Addy herself.
Then a suicide focuses a police research on trainer and her squad. After the 1st wave of outrage and grief, Addy attempts to discover the reality at the back of the dying -- and learns that the boundary among loyalty and love might be harmful terrain.
The uncooked passions of girlhood are delivered to existence during this taut, unflinching exploration of friendship, ambition, and gear. Award-winning novelist Megan Abbott, writing with what Tom Perrotta has hailed as "total authority and a virtually determined intensity," offers a harrowing glimpse into the darkish center of the all-American girl.
Anthony Award Nominee for top Novel (2013)
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Five million dollars. “We pay, you give us back Quinlan? ” “You pay…” No more laughter now, just that dark rasp. ” Max ordered as his heart slammed into his chest. “Before I do anything, I want proof. I want—” Click. “Proof,” he whispered and tossed the cell phone into the closest garbage dump. They always wanted proof. He hurried back to his car, air puffing out in front of him. As he reached for the door, his gaze shot to the black gloves covering his fingers. Proof. He smiled. He knew just what piece he’d send to the big brother asshole.
But she wasn’t the same woman any longer, and staring into Frank’s gaze, she realized that this guy—with his power, his money, and his arrogance—didn’t scare her. When you’ve already faced the devil, a pompous jerk is nothing. “Haven’t you read the papers? Didn’t you see what happened to Jeremy Briar when he was taken? This—this seems like the same kind of—” Frank waved his fat fingers in the air. “It’s a copycat. ” Frank’s eyes, if possible, narrowed more. “Little bastard just hit me up for cash.
No, no, he wasn’t the one who’d made the mistakes. That had been the old bastard. She took his beer from him. Enjoyed a long, slow drink. ” Her index finger traced around the rim of the beer bottle. ” Her fingers rubbed over the rim once more. ” Max demanded, fury still heating his blood. Samantha blinked at him with her wide, dark eyes. Picking up another man? Shit, I should have known that I was just one in a line for her. Should have known. When she didn’t answer, he spun around and found the red VW at the end of the street.
Dare Me: A Novel by Megan Abbott