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Sunday, October 10, 2010

It Started with a Dare - Lindsay Faith Rech (Teen Fiction)

Released September 2010

Reviewed by Tracy Farnsworth

Cynthia Gene Silverman is in a new town, new school and shocked when the popular clique invites her to sit with them at lunch. Not used to being the center of attention, Cynthia gives herself a new name, C.G., and creates a persona that is far from her true self.

At a sleep over, C.G. makes up a more adventurous version of Truth or Dare that she claims she and her friends played back in Philadelphia. This game leads to C.G. flirting online with one of her teachers, making out with her new best friend's brother, underaged drinking and eventually hurting the one person who really gets C.G.

Soon C.G. finds that being in the popular crowd isn't all it's cracked up to be. As her lies spiral out of control, C.G. must learn that life eventually catches up with you and the consequences can be dire.

It Started with a Dare is a fun read. It's a chick-lit for teens with a good dose of drama added in. The writing style flows well and keeps you hooked to the story from start to finish. Things switch around wheter C.G. is sending instant messages, emails or simply narrating from her point of view.

Sadly, I know how hard it is to fit in, especially in middle and high school, so many readers will fully understand why C.G. makes the choices she does. As an adult who's been through all that nastiness, I found myself rooting for C.G. to do the right thing and grew disappointed with each new lie.

I'm certain teens will get a lot from this book. We've all had our experiences with the Alona and Grace's of the high school set. Pay close attention to the end. I don't want to give away a spoiler so you'll have to read to the end yourself. But, there's one thing that C.G. says about the popular versus unpopular crowds that is so simple yet extremely profound and makes me wish more kids realized it!

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