Dare Me by Megan Abbott + Columbus High School Cheerleading Routine

Dare Me by Megan Abbott

I am about halfway through Megan Abbott’s Dare Me. The novel takes a look into the lives of cheerleaders, high school seniors and best friends Addy Hanlon and Beth Cassidy. Beth has always been the top cheerleader and her friend, Addy, her lieutenant. The girls  relationship has been strained in recent months and undergoes further changes when they get a young, new coach at the beginning of their senior year. A suicide draws attention to the squad and amps already tense emotions. Reading about the girls’ trouble relationships, fierce competitions, cliquish ways, body issues and ostracism really go me thinking about the routines they perform and how they can move forward to still trust each other. I don’t think I would want a frenemy flipping me through the air, but these girls go through this and more. The routine that Columbus High School put together in ’08 is just one of the many routines you can find for high school cheerleaders on YouTube. I am in awe of their perseverance, precision and athleticism.

Megan Abbott’s latest will be released on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Don’t miss the discussion of Dare Me at Devourer Books on Tuesday, August 7th.

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  1. I actually think I’ve seen cheerleaders from that school perform, way back when Vance was in high school. I’m currently reading a book about a young gymnast and I’m amazed by her perseverance and the abuse her body takes. I’m looking forward to Dare Me.