Thu, August 8, 2013

Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green Review

Truth or Dare book cover

Truth or Dare book cover

Truth or Dare
By Jacqueline Green
Publication date: May 14, 2013
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 389 pages
Source: Paper Lantern Lit

When a simple round of truth or dare spins out of control, three girls find it’s no longer a party game. It’s do or die.

It all started on a whim: the game was a way for Tenley Reed to reclaim her popularity, a chance for perfect Caitlin “Angel” Thomas to prove she’s more than her Harvard application. Loner Sydney Morgan wasn’t even there; she was hiding behind her camera like usual. But when all three start receiving mysterious dares long after the party has ended, they’re forced to play along—or risk exposing their darkest secrets.

How far will Tenley, Caitlin and Sydney go to keep the truth from surfacing? And who’s behind this twisted game?

Set against the backdrop of Echo Bay, an isolated beach town haunted by misfortune, Truth or Dare is a highly charged debut that will keep readers in suspense from beginning to end.

— Goodreads.com description

Pretty Little Liars fans, I found a book for you!

Jacqueline Green’s Truth or Dare gave me that same “oh my gosh how are they ever going to get out of this!” feeling I get while watching the show. Seriously. They’re in so deep with their lies and schemes and blackmail that they’re screwed no matter what they do at this point. Same thing with this book, except replace A with an anonymous “darer.”

The book follows three girls who are forced into a scary game of Truth or Dare. Now, one thing you should know about me: I don’t do well with books with three points of view. It’s just not my thing. This was no exception, as I never felt I really got to know Sydney, Tenley or Caitlin. It just bouncd between them too often for my taste. I prefer to get super attached to my main characters, and the overall emotional connection just wasn’t there for me.

However…that being said…I did really get swept away in one emotion while reading: Dread! I might not have liked any of these girls, but I was scared for them because really ANYONE in the story could have been behind the dares. That part was really well done — I had to keep reading just in hopes of finding out who it was.

Ultimately, not my personal cup of tea, but if you’re more into multiple narrators and like a bit of horror to your books, check it out.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: horror, jacqueline green, mean girls, mystery
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  1. Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader said:

    While this doesn’t sound like the sort of book I would enjoy (I tend to prize character development above all else, which this novel seems to be severely lacking) I can certainly understand the appeal. I do watch Pretty Little Liars, although I’m not always sure why, and there’s definitely something to be said about that sort of silly, action-packed sort of story. There’s a mindless abandon to experiencing something like that and I could potentially see myself picking this up when I needed a change of pace. Great review, as always, Anna!

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  2. estelle said:

    Relieved you felt like this too!

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  3. Amanda @ Vivalabooks said:

    I personally like multiple POVs, but it has to be done in a way where I get attached to all the characters. That being said, I’m really interested in this book. It definitely gives off PLL vibe and I love that it was unpredictable to tell who the darer was. Great review!

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