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.
I love books that make you think and I love YA that is applicable to youth. DARE ME is a both of those great reads. With topics that are very serious (bullying, family dynamic issues and abuse) and a coming of age story that captures what it is to be a young man, Dare Me is worth the read. It will make you think because it is very thought provoking read, staying with you long after you finish reading. It is tough to read, at times, because I think it is honest, which makes it quite memorable. 4 stars
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