Review: Dare Me

Mar •  27 •  2014

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Dare MeDare Me by Eric Devine
Series: Stand Alone
Published by Running Press Kids on October 8th 2013
Genres: Young Adult-Adventure/Thriller
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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When Ben Candido and his friends, Ricky and John, decide to post a YouTube video of themselves surfing on top of a car, they finally feel like the somebodies they are meant to be instead of the social nobodies that they are. Overnight, the video becomes the talk of the school, and the boys are sure that their self-appointed senior year of dares will live in infamy. Every dare brings an increased risk of bodily harm, but Ben cannot deny the thrill and sense of swagger that come with it. The stakes become even more complex when a mysterious donor bankrolls their dares in exchange for a cut in the online revenue the videos generate. But at what point do the risk and the reward come at too high of a price? What does it take to stay true to one’s self in the face of relentless pressure.

How far would you go on a dare? How far for money? This and more is answered in this thrilling story which I’m glad I picked it. Thought provoking and realistic, this story will take you on an adventure.

Plot: The plot is simple. Teens doing dares during their senior year. One dare goes viral and the next thing you know, they are getting paid to do more dares….dangerous dares. And of course being teens, they go for it. I really liked this plot. Though it may not seem like much, this plot really brings in the emotions and thoughts of teens. The drive for money, popularity as well as going all out senior year.

Friendships: With teens and money things do go too far. Some of the dares push to the limits of a close dance with death. Luckily through the story, the teens began to realize that maybe money isn’t worth it after all. Because of the money and popularity there are a string of jealous teens and fights. Friendships are lost and others are born. Needless to say, you will not be bored reading this story.

Ending: I think the ending is fitting for this story. It didn’t end happily nor did it end badly. It ended just right giving the teens well… the consequences that happen with making bad decisions.

Overall, this is an exciting book! If you want a story that focuses on real teens emotions and social media, pick this book up. It’s takes all things that are going on today and focuses on issues that others may not want to see. Dare Me is fantastic.

I give it 4 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Giselle
    Mar 27, 2014

    Eek that cover freaks me out! Heights and me are not BFFs lol. This sounds really good though and exciting/intense! It also reminds me a bit of Panic. Great review!

  2. Oh a realistic ending book. I’m curious as to how it ends! That cover also freaks me out and fascinates me at the same time. LOL

  3. Wendy Darling
    Mar 28, 2014

    Huh, why have I not heard of this book before? It sounds interesting! Like Giselle, I’m pretty freaked out by heights, though, so I have to look away from that cover.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  4. Candace
    Mar 28, 2014

    I have this one on my shelf! It sounds really intense and a bit emotional but I think I might like it!

  5. This sounds REALLY interesting. Thanks for your review, as it put this book on my radar.

  6. Jen @ YA Romantics
    Mar 29, 2014

    OMG — I’m with Giselle — that cover makes me queasy. I’m THAT afraid of heights!!! Not sure if this is for me, but I can think of some other people in my family who might love it!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics