Addy and Beth rule their cheerleading squad with an iron fist. Practices are rare, performances are uninspired and the effort is just not there. However, when a new coach arrives and challenges Beth’s captaincy by threatening to whip the girls into a well coordinated unit, some members are less than impressed. Can the new Coach succeed in her vision or will there be consequences for her intrusion?
After hearing several people sing the praises of Megan Abbott, I thought it was about time that I gave her a go. What better place to start than 2012’s critically acclaimed “Dare Me” – a novel that takes the world of competitive female cheerleading and flips it on its head with an infusion of noir and hard-boiled elements.
There’s something about the style and the subject matter that didn’t quite mesh for me. The sharp, biting style of Abbott’s prose mixed with the high drama of high school cheerleading just felt off, like one of those recut trailers on YouTube where the story is all mixed around to create something entirely different than what was intended. With all the praise heaped upon this book, I was left wondering if I missed something.
Although I wasn’t all that impressed with “Dare Me”, it doesn’t mean that I’m giving up on Abbott entirely. I’m a big fan of her style and I’d love to see it in a more traditional genre setting. Luckily for me, she’s got a lot to check out.