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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

It Started With a Dare...

...And ensues with wild laughter.

So I stayed up all night reading Lindsay Faith Rech's upcoming release It Started with a Dare!

While I had intended to just read a couple chapters, go to sleep, and pick it up later, once I started reading, I just couldn’t stop myself—I kept telling myself, “just a little more,” that I was half-way through, that there were “only 60 more pages…”  And the only way I could justify continuing to read, is that I’d never have been able to sleep not knowing what happened—And not only was it that good, but I could not stop laughing.  Out.  Loud.  Literally.

Now there are plenty of times when I say lol, and plenty of times where something funny or humorous happens in whatever book I happen to be reading at the time—But RARELY do I ever actually LAUGH. OUT. LOUD.

It Started with a Dare is completely hilarious!!!!  It’s daring and amazing and absolutely jaw-dropping funny!!!

When C.G. Silverman moves to town, she’s just hoping that she won’t have to sit alone at lunch—But when Alona, Grace, and Sammi, the Triple Threat of Beaubridge High decide to sit with her, C.G. sees this as her chance to finally be popular.  This is C.G.’s chance to totally reinvent herself.  But will C.G. still recognize herself when she’s done?

It’s an absolute rollercoaster of ups and downs and no-she-didn’ts.  Ms. Rech puts us right in C.G.’s head and we get to see C.G. as a real person, vulnerable and rough-around the edges, and not always politically correct; but always smart and wry and funny—I couldn’t believe everything C.G. did, and I couldn’t wait to see what she’d do next.  It Started with a Dare is a voyage of self-discovery for C.G…and thanks to C.G., it leads to a lot of self-discovery for everyone around her.

Best line ever:  Not even God likes a poser.

Seriously.  Funny.  And has definite potential for rereadability.  Make sure this one’s on your wish list; I know it’s on mine!

Thanks to NetGalley for the review galley, picture courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.  It Started with a Dare is set to be released September 13, 2010.



Buried in Books said...

I agree that "It Started with a Dare" was a good book. It had really funny parts and I thought when CG talked to herself she was hillarious. She really had a quick wit and could come up with some quick saves until she dug herself into too deep of a hole.

But, I was reading it as a 44 yr old mom and so my perspective was different. I saw a lot of life lessons in the book. I usually just read for pleasure, but this book wasn't your typical girl wants to be popular, lies to get there, falls from grace finds out its not fun etc... CG got there as a rebel, a first in the I wanna be a teen queen. My preachiness is in my review so I'll stop. But I like your review. In fact, I like yours better than mine. We are just coming from two different ages. It makes a lot of difference. Heather

nymfaux said...

Thanks Buried!!!!--That's so nice of you!!!--I read your review, too--This is my favorite part about finding all these new blogs, is getting to talk about books that we've all read and seeing different perspectives--This one was a really fun read for me--I couldn't believe how much it made me laugh--But I was also surprised by the course language--I don't think the difference in perspectives is as much age related, as I'm not a mom--So, while you're probably reading this and then thinking back, wondering if your own kids could ever be that crazy, I was more prone to wishing I hadn't been so uptight when I was that age ;)

But I definitely enjoyed your review!!!!!! And I don't think you were preachy at all--It's definitely got a "teen who wants to be popular" set-up, like you were talking about--I just enjoyed how it felt like it reached beyond the initial set-up, as if there weren't any boundaries...of course, every story has to come to an end sometime, and when I felt satisfied, instead of cheated or let down, that's my markings of a good book!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by--I can't wait to see more of your reviews!!!