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megan abbott knows all the secrets of being a girl, and she keeps on spilling them, book after book.”it’s fun to be a girl!!” nah, man, it’s not. have you ever seen the feet of an actual ballerina? (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]it’s like that – underneath all the pink frills and the careful make-up, there is a horrorshow waiting to be revealed, and it’s anything but pretty and elegant.
this book is neither her girl noir nor her coming-of-age style, but some sort of seam where they both meet. the
How can I describe this book? Well, if Bunheads had a manic, intense and obsessive older sister, then this would definitely be it. Dare Me is about teenage girls – and cheerleaders in particular – straddling the line between childhood and the big world of adults but it isn’t a tale that conjures up the usual images that high school cheerleading brings with it. This is an intense book about obsession, sexuality and competition. I t
Sad,ugly characters doing sad,ugly things to one another. This is supposed to be what is in the heart and mind of the all-American girl? I’m not buying that.
This is how Addy sees herself: p. 258 “You see these glitters and sparkledust and magicks? It’s war paint, it’s feathers and claws, it’s blood sacrifice.”
Who the heck is she at war with? Herself? Who are any of them at war with? Why are any of them so angry? If I am expected to care, then explain to me why they are this way. Otherwise don’t