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Sunday, July 4, 2010

It Started with a Dare by Lindsay Faith Rech

Release Date: September 13, 2010
Publisher: Graphia
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 312


Self-proclaimed nobody CG Silverman sees her move to an upscale new school as her chance to be somebody different. Her devil-may-care attitude attracts the in-clique, and before CG realizes it, a routine game of truth or dare launches her to iconic status.

While this rebel image helps secure CG’s newfound popularity, it also propels her through a maze of unprecedented chaos, with each new lie and every dare opening doors that, in most cases, were better off left shut.

CG is on a collision course with disaster. Will she be able to keep up the fa├žade? Or will the whole world find out she’s a fraud?

My Review:

It might be called it started with a dare but it actually all started when GC, who was new to the school, was approached by the schools ‘it’ girl Alona Spelton and her clique, Grace and Sammie, at school during lunch after Alona noticed CG popped gum in front of her teachers face because apparently popping gum near your teacher is very rebellious. CG couldn’t even remember doing it but she thought ‘why not say I did it on purpose if it can get me in with the popular girls’ and so begins CG’s downward spiral into a moral black whole and boy did she descend. CG is welcomed into the clique and soon is completely abandoning all her principals of right and wrong, lying to everyone (to be honest I don’t know how she could remember every lie she told there were that many) just so she would seem cool to Alona, Grace and Sammie.

I didn’t connect with CG as a character at all, I felt nothing for her when she really hit rock bottom because it was her fault, she made the decisions no one forced her to she just wanted to be popular and boy did she make some crappy decisions. Hmmm where to start …. she lied to her ‘friends’ (I use that term lightly), she started an internet romance with her English teacher, she pretended she was an alcoholic, she started a secret relationship with her supposed friends college age brother and the list goes on. Whilst she may have constantly lied to Alona, Grance and Sammie I couldn’t feel sorry for them either because they were just as bad, boy these girls were terrible, I did not connect with any of them. I mean when one of the girls is sent away for a ‘medical condition’ the others act like it’s no big deal and don’t even care! I mean if my friend was sent away I’d want to know what’s wrong and if they are okay.

I also thought it was a bit weird that basically the book revolved around CG, Alona, Grace and Sammie, there was no real interaction between these characters and anyone else. They failed to even interact with other students at the school (well except for one), you’d think because they were part of the popular group that there would be some interaction with others at the school be it annoying those they dislike or fawning over the popular guys, but no they didn’t.

All throughout the book as CG’s lies became more and more ridiculous I was thinking oh boy this is going to blow up big time when it finally all comes out that CG was lying and it’s not going to be pretty, unfortunately it was a bit anticlimactic when GC’s deception was revealed, I thought (I guess was hoping) there would be more to it than what actually happened. I was also unconvinced of CG’s repentance, I got the feeling she wasn’t really that sorry for everything she did and she really wasn’t punished at all which was disappointing I wanted her punished big time, which probably shouldn’t be the case for the heroine of a novel.

Whilst I didn’t really like CG as a character she had me in hysterics in some parts, I mean some of the things that came out of her mouth were so cheesy (I love the cheese factor). One particular gem I loved was “sounds cheesy as a 10 pound wheel of cheddar” *giggles*! She also used words such as nimrod, buffoon and sheezmesiter, love it! I generally don’t mind if there is some bad language in the books I read (if it fits) however I did notice that the language in parts of the book is quite crass and extreme.

Overall I found this book a quick read with not much substance.

*I received It Started with a Dare ARC ebook courtesy of netGalley and the publisher (thanks!)*
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