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Dare Me
Dare Me: A Novel | Megan Abbott
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.
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suzie.reads
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Mehso-so

Confused how this is a psychological thriller 😏 Not enough happened for me, it wasn't terrible just abit boring, I like more grit in a book.

My third Megan Abbott book. The first one was good but the next two have been so-so and for that reason I won't be rushing back to her books. I gave her a chance 🙄

LoveToReadLiveToRead Agree with this review. I‘ve not read any of her others but this definitely didn‘t leave me wanting to seek them out. 4mo
suzie.reads @LoveToReadLiveToRead think she's abit hit and miss. I really enjoyed 'Give Me Your Hand' but two out of the three I've read have been boring, so probably won't bother with anymore. 4mo
TheSpineView I still need to get your address so I can send your prize for winning the Q2 drawing of the Series Read challenge. My email is lisa@thespineview.com. Btw, is your stacked list updated? 4mo
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suzie.reads @TheSpineView I'm in the UK you really don't have to send me anything 😊 I always forget to stack books aswell lol 4mo
TheSpineView @suzie.reads Of course I do. This challenge was open to everyone one and I have no problem shipping to other countries. So don't worry one bit about it. When you send me your address tell me what book you are pining for and I will include that along with some other goodies. 4mo
suzie.reads @TheSpineView I've just emailed you 😊 4mo
TheSpineView @suzie.reads Got it! I will let you know when the package ships and get you a tracking number. 😊 4mo
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Boooooks
Dare Me: A Novel | Megan Abbott
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Panpan

1/5⭐️ i really didn‘t like this one I hated all of the characters which I‘m sure was supposed to be the case for the most part but I genuinely still have no clue whether we were supposed to root for the main character at least but I just didn‘t care. Also I know they‘re cheerleaders and everything so their bodies would be a big part of it but it felt like I was hearing the same passage about ‘tight bodies‘ over and over again.

Karisa I bailed on this one too. Plot and characters felt so empty. 5mo
MrBook Nice review! 5mo
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Boooooks
Dare Me: A Novel | Megan Abbott
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Since I‘ve been so into crocheting lately I think audiobooks may be my go to for a bit #audiobook #audiocrochet #crochet

julesG Calories free 😁😁 5mo
Boooooks @julesG true 😂😂 5mo
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LoveToReadLiveToRead
Dare Me: A Novel | Megan Abbott
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Well, first week of #bookfitnesschallenge done!

I met my fitness target of 10 miles this week, yay! I actually had to tag an extra 0.7 mile run on last night to get there!! 😂

Miles for week: 10.1 out of 10 target
Books for challenge: 1 out of 6 total

@wanderinglynn

LoveToReadLiveToRead @wanderinglynn should I be putting what I think are my weekly points on this post? I assume the 10 points for meeting book/fitness challenges are one offs to be added at the end, is that right? Sorry if you‘ve answered that already!

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wanderinglynn Yep, the 10pts for the book/fitness come at the end. But you should be tracking how many posts you had (not counting the weekly check-in), how many times you encouraged/cheered a fellow #BFC teammate, & 3 pts for your weekly check-in post. (edited) 6mo
wanderinglynn Way to go hitting your fitness goals this week! Keep up the good work! 🙌🏻 6mo
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LoveToReadLiveToRead @wanderinglynn great thank you x 6mo
LoveToReadLiveToRead @wanderinglynn
Points for the week:
Encouragement points: 7
Additional post x 2: 2
Points for check-in post: 3
Total: 12
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TheSpineView Way to go! 6mo
CocoReads Good job. Ack, I need to add up my points. I neglected that earlier.! 6mo
AprilMae Way to go!!! 6mo
nu-bibliophile 👏👏 6mo
Marina_h Well done! Bring on week 2 💪😊 6mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 6mo
LauraBeth Nice job! 6mo
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LoveToReadLiveToRead
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Started off #BookFitnessChallenge with a 10K race this morning! No medal but a coaster, plus free water and bananas afterwards. Plus the added bonus of cake (long since eaten by the time I took the picture) and beers supplied by someone in my running club celebrating a birthday! 🏃‍♀️🍺 Now to chill and hopefully get some reading done!
@wanderinglynn
No of miles: 6.25 (course slightly long)
3.75 more needed this week to reach target

4thhouseontheleft Congrats on your race! 🎉Book, bananas, and beer! 😄 6mo
LoveToReadLiveToRead @4thhouseontheleft thanks! Yes, good combo! 😁 6mo
cobwebmoth That's awesome! 6mo
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Emilymdxn That‘s incredible! Congratulations you‘re crushing this challenge! 6mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 🎉🥳👏🏻 6mo
jillannjohn That‘s awesome! Love the coaster! 6mo
Marina_h Nicely done! I would love to be able to 🏃10k... maybe one day 😊 6mo
BookwormAHN Fantastic 👏🏻 6mo
BarbaraJean Well, that makes for a fantastic fitness day!! 6mo
Caterina Congrats! What a great way to kick off the challenge! Enjoy resting on your laurels and reading 😊 6mo
TheSpineView Fantastic! 6mo
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BookishTrish
Dare Me: A Novel | Megan Abbott
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Pickpick

The writing crackled. If I‘d had this book in high school I‘d have read it to tatters.

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AutumnRLS
Dare Me: A Novel | Megan Abbott
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Book mail :) I really enjoyed You Will Know Me so I ordered a couple more of Megan Abbott's novels. This is the first to arrive.

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BookishTrish
Dare Me: A Novel | Megan Abbott
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Lovely atmosphere while I work today #weekendlibrarian

Lindy Is that rain against a window? 7mo
BookishTrish @Lindy Early morning sunshine ☀️ 7mo
Lindy @BookishTrish Hooray for sunshine, in that case. 😊 7mo
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BookishTrish
Dare Me: A Novel | Megan Abbott
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Lovely morning for an #audiowalk

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BookishTrish
Dare Me: A Novel | Megan Abbott
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New week, new #audiowalk book

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prowlix
Dare Me: A Novel | Megan Abbott
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I had last minute change of plans and can now participate in the @DeweysReadathon tomorrow! This is my quickly cobbled together #tbr because I love options? Since there‘s been no planning I‘m really only hoping to hit 16 hrs but excited anyway! #readathon

readordierachel Great choices! 8mo
Clwojick Thank you for posting this! I was hoping to do my own little Readathon this weekend, but now I‘ve signed up for Dewey‘s too! Looking forward to tackling some of my TBR stack before I head back to college in May. 🧡 8mo
Clwojick On another note, I loved Shade and Saga. 💛🧡❤️ 8mo
prowlix @Clwojick glad to help! I really love Dewey‘s and the 24 in 48 readathons. Also glad to know that you liked Shade since it was kinda an impulse pick at the library 📚 8mo
Clwojick Graphics are always an impulse pic for me. Lol 8mo
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WhatWouldJaneDo
Dare Me: A Novel | Megan Abbott
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Pickpick

Nothing like Megan Abbott to get me through when I feel a slump coming. The style in this one made me go a little slower than I often do in thrillers; it had some great turns of phrase and I wasn't surprised to find her early inspiration was a teen queen Richard III. Some continuity errors took me out of it, but I really loved the take on toxic friendships, I def experienced them at that age.

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WhatWouldJaneDo
Dare Me: A Novel | Megan Abbott
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Polly makes a good book stand. #catsoflitsy

Tanisha_A Hahah! 9mo
Crazeedi 😊💖😻 9mo
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WhatWouldJaneDo
Dare Me: A Novel | Megan Abbott
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Couldn't resist starting this any longer! I went on a Megan Abbott tear last year and it's been driving me crazy that I still haven't read this one. Love this cover, too!

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everfree7
Dare Me: A Novel | Megan Abbott
Mehso-so

It was frustrating. Hard to describe.

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JoScho
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Girl thank you so much for all these amazing gifts! Those reading socks are to die for, the dip mixes smell awesome and that hot chocolate is such a treat. I love the mug, bookmarks, and of course I can‘t wait to read the books and eat the chocolate. What a wonderful swap! Thanks lady! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas 🥰🎄
#christmasbookswap
Thanks so much for organizing @MyBookSwapClub

kstadt929 I bought these socks for myself a few weeks ago and they are amazing!!!! 11mo
cassiopia You are so welcome. You can ignore the date I said in the card because I am already halfway finished with the blanket already. It is killing me to not post any photos of the progress, but it is REALLY pretty so far 💜 11mo
JoScho @kstadt929 yes they are so soft and fuzzy inside! 11mo
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everfree7
Dare Me: A Novel | Megan Abbott

Already into this book and know she has a lot of them

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Chelsea.Poole
Dare Me: A Novel | Megan Abbott
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Pickpick

#audiobook #libby
Gesh, those are not the kinds of things I remember about high school and cheerleading. This one will take you into the inner lives of the cheerleaders who make up those insane pyramids. “Obsession, competition, and jealousy”...my best 3 word description.

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Chelsea.Poole
Dare Me: A Novel | Megan Abbott
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Helloooo fall, cool weather, and evil cheerleaders!! #audiobook #nextup

akckitty This is a great one! 14mo
Kappadeemom I loved this book! 14mo
Chelsea.Poole @akckitty @Kappadeemom glad to see you all enjoyed it!! I‘m intrigued so far!🤔 14mo
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mrozzz
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Pickpick

I don't outright hate mean girls or cheerleaders, but an hour or two in the audio I wasn't sure I‘d continue. And yet, I so wanted to see it through and I'm glad I did.

Chapter by chapter the pretty veneer was rubbed clean off and the reality of these cheerleaders & their new coach consumed/overtook what at first seemed like a shallow book topped with petty teenage girl drama. By the time I realized where Abbott was taking me, I was totally rapt.

kiks This book sounds amazing. 1y
vivastory There's a feature on her in the newest issue of Bookmarks 1y
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kaykay521
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Pickpick

Teen cheerleaders+no apparent parental supervision+ weirdly bad influence of coach+ teenage obsession= one heck of a book.

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Tjackson
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Just arrived from Amazon. I am going to a book talk in 10 days by her, so let‘s see if I can finish this before I ask her to sign it.

vivastory Ah, jealous you get to meet her! I loved this one. Enjoy! 1y
DeborahSmall Love Megan Abbott! Great book 1y
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TrishB
Dare Me: A Novel | Megan Abbott
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#bookmail
Thanks to the lovely @DeborahSmall for today‘s books 😁 just wow!!! Thank you so much - email update in the week 💕

DeborahSmall 😘 2y
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SassyPants617
Dare Me: A Novel | Megan Abbott
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Bar just cleared out, figured I‘d try to get some reading in. 🍻🤓

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TrishB
Dare Me: A Novel | Megan Abbott
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#cheerleader #fiercefeb
Apparently this is a twisted tale containing cheerleaders!! It has not sold itself to me so I don‘t think I‘ll be reading anytime soon.

batsy Good one 👍🏽 Heard about this too, might give it a try :) 2y
KarenUK I read this one and quite enjoyed it... Dark and twisty... and I‘d definitely read more Megan Abbott.... 2y
RidgewayGirl Megan Abbott is one of my favorite authors. Dare Me is dark, twisty and noir. 2y
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Andrew65 Not sure a book about cheerleaders would call me! 😂😂 2y
DeborahSmall Megan Abbott is great, I have this but haven‘t got this one yet xx 2y
TrishB @DeborahSmall I‘ve not read anything by her - I was mainly thinking that cheerleaders weren‘t really my thing! She seems to be very liked though 👍🏻 2y
DeborahSmall Oh good I‘ve doubled up in a couple of paperbacks so I‘ll post them over I‘ve been boxing up books that won‘t fit in new library. Amazing how many doubles I have because I‘ve so many books behind books! Xx 2y
TrishB @DeborahSmall thank you as always ❤️ xx 2y
Centique I was going to post this one too! It was a bookclub pick - a good twisty high school thriller - not my thing but a lot of my friends would love this. 2y
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jennw1212
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Current listen

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UglyOldBat
Dare Me: A Novel | Megan Abbott
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This today with my 4 and a half from yesterday means I managed 12 hours. Good luck to everyone going for the full 24!

#24in48

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UglyOldBat
Dare Me: A Novel | Megan Abbott
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I'm also listening to this audiobook in between times

#24in48

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Itchyfeetreader
Dare Me: A Novel | Megan Abbott
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Pickpick

“There‘s something dangerous about the boredom of teenage girls” never a truer quote! At times the metaphor on metaphor bothered me as did the utter lack of any sort of sensible adult role model (where were their parents!) but overall I loved how this captured and exacerbated the emotions of the teenage years. It‘s dark and not a fluffy read but I am glad I read it!

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whatsthEStorey
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All suspense for October!

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Clwojick
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Started this morning, and now I only have an hour left on he audiobook. Works been busy, but quiet.... so the headphones go back in. 🙌

vivastory I really liked this one 2y
riversong153 I really enjoyed her novel “You will know me” it was really good. I may pick this one up!! 2y
Clwojick @riversong153 I'm really enjoying it so far! You should definitely check it out. 2y
SilversReviews I have never read a book by her, but I met her about five years ago. 2y
Clwojick @SilversReviews what?! Jealous! ☺️ 2y
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vivastory
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Pickpick

The arrival of a new cheerleading coach sets in motion an escalating chain of events. Abbott details the insecurities & jealousies of suburban life. I'm tempted to describe this as Mean Girls as told by Chuck Palahniuk, but that's frankly a disservice to Abbott. Highly recommend this book, full of hidden agendas & simmering violence.

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vivastory
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This is the first Megan Abbott I have read & I'm loving it. Not just the damaged & sinister underside of suburbia, but how naive & wise the teenagers are. Too often they're portrayed as either one or the other. I think Abbott really nails it. I laugh at their feigned indifference & almost childlike innocence. It's admirable,yet heartbreaking, the ability of teenagers to see through the facade of adults having their shit together.

AlaMich I really enjoy her older books, like Die a Little, Bury Me Deep, and Queenpin. They're noir, but totally different from her more recent books. 2y
vivastory @AlaMich I'm definitely planning on checking them out 2y
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theladygreer
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No one told me! This book is soooo addictive. I keep snatching moments to read it -- I love it when a book runs away with you like that.

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whelanmaria
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Mehso-so

This book had such good reviews from my Litsy friends I thought I'd give it a try. You almost hate every character, every situation they put themselves in, but you end up searching for answers and flipping the pages faster and faster for more. I thought the ending dragged a little and felt like she wrapped it up too nicely, it seemed a little obvious for awhile. A fun, quick read.

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Minervasbutler
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A noirish crime story of sorts set against the backdrop of the peculiar world of high school cheerleading. More than a crime novel though, it's more an exploration of the obsessions, rivalries and jealousies of its main characters. If I'm being honest I would have to say this was one I admired more than I really loved. Perhaps my own distance from the world it depicts has something to do with that. I suspect others might enjoy it more than I did.

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keyesnotkeys
Dare Me: A Novel | Megan Abbott

I wanted to be a part of your world, but I didn‘t know your world was this.

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Kris10
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Highlight of the day: UPS delivering Goodreads giveaways!

ReadingOver50 Awesome 😄 3y
mandapants Dare Me....so good! 3y
Kris10 @mandapants I'm so excited to start it! 3y
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Kris10
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My very first Goodreads giveaway win!! So excited! 🎉

Liatrek Awesome🎉🎉🎉 3y
NCNY I win this one too!! 3y
Kris10 @NCNY 🙌🙌🍾📚 3y
JenBrown Yay!👏🏻👏🏻 (edited) 3y
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guinsgirlreads
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3 more holds in today.. 📚🙏 #sleeplessreadmore

Samantha.1020 I like the idea of reading more better 😂 3y
guinsgirlreads Lol oops hahahahaha 3y
guinsgirlreads Going to edit that now.. too much cold medicine/alcohol bahahja 3y
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guinsgirlreads 👏🏻😂 3y
Addy_or Have you read Ripper yet ? 3y
guinsgirlreads No 😔 3y
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BookFreakOut
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Pickpick

The audiobook really nailed the catty teenage girl voices, it was like listening to Mean Girls. Have never read any of Abbott's work, but I love a good high school sports drama so this fit the bill. The girls are cruel but still yearn for approval from their new coach, who begins to lean unhealthily on the team for emotional support and drags them all into a web of lies and deceit.

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StarsBish
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Bailedbailed

1/5

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mandapants
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I love the way Megan Abbott writes.

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TorchlightReading
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Mehso-so

It wasn't quite what I wanted it to be, but it still has the potential to scare the crap out of you. High school girls do not mess around.

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TorchlightReading
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Koshka before I go to work: "I'm sorry. What is this "work" thing you speak of? Sounds ridiculous." DARE ME and the cat almost have me convinced to stay in and read all day.

#catsoflitsy

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malloryomeara
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Holy CROW. I read this book in one go. Abbott is a master of tension and mystery. She plunges into the intensity and power of teenage girls with a bravado that'll stun you. In other words, daaaaaaaaaaaamn.

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