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June 6, 2013

Review of Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green

Truth-or-Dare

 
 

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.

add to goodreadsTruth or Dare (Truth or Dare #1) by Jacqueline Green
Publication Date:  May 14, 2013
Publisher:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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MaryAnn NewI was hoping that Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green was going to be a read similar to a movie that I loved back in the day, I Know What You Did Last Summer.  A suspense, thriller type read that would keep on the edge of my seat.

What started off as hopeful…petered out for me.  It became a really repetitive plotline, with an ending that was easily predictable.  And a cliffhanger type ending that should’ve had me excited for book two, kind of had me rolling my eyes thinking…here we go again…

The story revolves around 3 girls in the town of Echo Bay, Tenley, Caitlin, and Sydney.

Tenley has just returned to Echo Bay after having moved away years ago.   After her mother has married one of the richest men in the area, Tenley returns with a goal of being one of the most popular girls again with a reputation of throwing killer parties which are known to be legendary due to their “intense” games of truth or dare.  But upon her return, it seems that someone else has decided to take the game to a whole new level with Tenley as one of the targets… and they will stop at nothing to get Tenley to continue to play their heartless game…including revealing secrets that Tenley wants to keep hidden.

Sydney has always been on the outside looking in.  With a past that has suddenly come back to haunt her which mimicks that games that she loathed in her younger days, Truth or Dare, Sydney finds solace behind the lens of her camera.  But when things start to spiral out of control, Sydney’s urge to go back to the things she used to do to release her anger is getting stronger and stronger every day.  And when the dares that she is given start to unravel dark secrets of those closest to her, Sydney’s not sure if her camera is enough to tame the beast sleeping inside of her.

Caitlin is still recovering from her past.  A past where she was kidnapped and drugged.  Still struggling to remember the events of that awful time in her life where her memories have been repressed, a stalker’s rendition of Truth or Dare is getting to be too much for her to handle.  Not only does she need to worry about having someone who hides behind typed messages who is trying to destroy her reputation, the memories that she had repressed all those years ago are slowly coming back to the surface.

Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green started off promising.  The author provided an excellent background to the three main characters, with information being given throughout the book.  The characters all had their own individual personalities which will give readers an opportunity to connect with one.  But there were some things in the book that kind of ewwwed me out.  For example, a slightly unhealthy obsession between stepbrother and stepsister.

With the introduction of the first dare, I was ready to get into and totally absorbed into the book.  But, I personally, thought that there were way too many.  Like, way too many.  For me, it came to the point where there wasn’t any shock and awe for me.  I felt like I didn’t have time to absorb the first few dares that came, but instead dares were coming at me left and right.

As I said earlier, the ending was easily predictable, for me.  There were a lot of things that were left unresolved, although I’m sure they were left that way in preparation for book 2.  But there’s one thing that I wish I would have found out…and it involves Caitlin’s past.

I recommend this read to fans of whodunit type reads and to movies/books similar to that of I Know What You Did Last Summer.

 

About the Author:

 

Jacqueline Green received her BA from Cornell University and her MFA in writing for children from The New School. She grew up in Wynnewood, PA and now lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and their tiny dog (who sometimes moonlights as her writing companion). Truth or Dare, the first novel in a trilogy, is her young adult debut.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

 

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4 Comments

  1. Jodi Carmichael
    6/6/2013

    Great, honest review. You blog has been my go to spot to find my next book to read.

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Thanks Jodi! We appreciate you stopping by and checking out our reviews! <33333

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  2. DeAmber
    6/1/2015

    Hi, im just curios if this book has ghosts or anything paranormal in it. I dont care about spoliers. i just need to know. Thanks.

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    No ghosts or paranormal :)

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