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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 dWhen 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....

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Dare Me Reviews

  • Laura Martinelli
    2018-10-05 02:34

    I’ve been sitting here waffling on what rating to ultimately give this book. Because there’s some good things that Devine does here, specifically with the main trio of boys he follows for the course of the story and their motivations and reactions. However, there’s also massively glaring problems with this book that ultimately dragged it down for me, and one in particular that does not make me want to recommend this book.I like it when teenagers in books are portrayed as more average teenagers—they’re not particularly intelligent or wordy or snarky, they just are, and sometimes that includes writing dumb teens doing stupid shit. It’s probably more evident due to the rise of YouTube and social media, as how many news stories in the past few years are centered around teenagers getting caught in the midst of criminal acts because of uploading them to social media sites? And it’s the central focus for Devine here, as the author acknowledges that this is a commentary on that sort of behavior. (Although I would argue more that what Ben and his friends do are more of a product of the post-Jackass imitators rather than the recent challenges.) I liked that there’s an exploration and an acknowledgment on Ben’s part that he does get an adrenaline rush from completing the stunts and the thought of doing the next one on the list. I even buy Ricky’s whole speech about wanting lasting high school glory and leaving their mark before graduation.There’s a few big snarls with this premise, though. First, I’m kind of disappointed that there’s no real escalation or discussion on how dangerous the stunts performed actually are. The only boy who suffers a deliberating injury is John, and even though the impact of him breaking his arm is discussed and essential to his character arc, there’s no continuing escalation of the danger. Which isn’t to say that Ben gets away physically okay, as the book ends with him losing sight in one eye and his love interest impaled on a corn stalk. (I have problems with the climax, more on that below.) I wanted to see more of the bruises and cuts, but aside from the one Christmas stunt, there’s no real acknowledgment of the less serious injuries. Mainly because most of the adult characters buy the boys’ explanations of how they got injured in the first place, and it’s a detail that’s especially egregious when you take Alexia’s story into this. Secondly—and this is a huge problem that I have with this book—is the identity of the boys’ benefactor and the lack of explanation of why a wealthy businessman would even think to provide these boys with the provisions to potentially injure themselves. Mainly because there’s NO RESOLUTION TO THIS. Oh, sure, the boys get caught and all is revealed but…why. I had a dozen explanations going through my head the entire time that I was reading this, and when I got to the reveal, I wanted to scream bullshit at the book. It doesn’t make sense. (It feels like there's an epilogue that got cut out for whatever reason that deals with the fallout of Alexia's injuries, the revelation of the boys' activities, and what the hell was going on the entire time. I would have liked to have read that thanks so much.)And it’s partially because Devine decides that there needed to be a “rich versus poor” narrative in this book. There’s several ways he could have gone about this, but having O.P. being wealthy is such a hard left field reveal makes the financial aspect ridiculous and nonsensical. There’s already a strand going on with Ben and Jesse’s rivalry over Alexia, and this just feels...stupid. Which is a shame, because Ben’s family’s financial situation is one of the parts that I did like about the book. I did get why Ben was so desperate to put himself through this physical torture to get money, to make his parents happy and maybe even get their old house back. It made sense with John, as he fucked up his other source of college funds by breaking his arm. And even though Ricky’s situation wasn’t completely explored, you can see why he would have been pulled in by the ad listing he finds in the first place. It actually works well, and again, given that teenagers generally don’t make the best decisions ever, it does make sense in the thinking “Dude, we get to be legends and make a shit-ton of cash!”The other major issue I have with this book is the treatment of women. I will not completely excuse Ben’s objectification of Chantel, but I also don’t fault him for it. I will fault Devine for writing Chantel and Alexia as respectively the slut and the damsel with no other character arc or definition beyond that. Making Chantel related to O.P. is a stupid plot excuse to even try to add depth to her character, and it makes me angry that that’s the only reason she’s a supporting character. Alexia’s story makes me angry. Alexia only exists as a trophy between Jesse and Ben, with the added bonus that Jesse abuses Alexia. The only reason Alexia exists as a love interest is for Ben to rescue her, literally and wishfully. The abusive relationship makes me angrier, because it feels like a flimsy excuse for Ben to rescue Alexia and never fully explores the ramifications and realities of being in an abusive relationship. And the line that Ben has about Alexia being strong feels like a cop-out, especially given what happens to her at the end of the book. And that ending is the main reason why I won’t recommend this. The escalation between Ben and Jesse not only takes away from the main mystery and conflict between the trio and O.P., but again, it only sets up Alexia as a prop. She has no purpose in the story aside from being the trophy and for all of Ben’s talk of how much he respects her and would treat her right, I have a really hard time believing it.Also, a very special mention to Ben’s sister Ginny, who becomes Ben’s confidante and hides the fact that her brother and his friends are harming themselves because she needs data for a research paper. Given the ramifications of what Ben and his friends were doing and police involvement throughout, I’m shocked that Ginny wasn’t arrested for endangering a minor. That, and I never got that Ginny or Ben actually cared for each other. I understand that they’re not close, but nothing about Ginny’s actions suggested that she was worried for Ben’s safety.Devine had a strong idea and concept, but ultimately fails in his writing and characterization. As an exploration of male friendships and the limits one is willing to go for to achieve personal fame and glory, he does succeed, but the lack of reasons and motivations of other characters, plus Ben’s relationships with Chantel and Alexia really killed this book for me. Which is a shame, because I was really looking forward to reading this when I got it at work. Ultimately, I really can’t recommend it on that basis.

  • Dillon Rice
    2018-10-02 03:34

    Dare Me by Eric Devine was a great book. Anyone who enjoys a suspenseful, thrilling book would enjoy this book. The book is about Ben and his two friends, Ricky and John, who start to post unknown videos online for money from sponsors, during their senior year. These could result in great injury or even death. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time. The authors writing choice is very well thought out, using lots of suspense. It is a great read and I would very much recommend it.

  • Cheryl
    2018-09-28 00:50

    Ben and his two friends, Ricky and John are planning to make the best of their senior year. They have it all planned out. They will do ten extreme dares and video record them and upload them on the internet. The is two no one knows it is them as they have hidden their faces and two the dares are so extreme that they just might not survive them. While I was not particularly that excited about the characters or what was happening to them, I was interested in how far Ben, Ricky, and John would take their dares. I agree with Ben and John that the dares were getting more dangerous but yet none of them ever took a strong stand and said I don't want to do this anymore. I guess I know the answer to this question "If your friends all jumped off a cliff would you do it to?"After a while I did grow old of Ben, Ricky, and John and skipped a section to get to the end faster. Which I have to say that for all that the guys went through the ending was just alright.

  • Bethany Crandell
    2018-09-20 03:22

    This book is signature Devine: Intense. Gripping. Honest. Loved this!

  • Sarah
    2018-10-20 01:23

    I chose the book "Dare Me", by Eric Devine because of the louring description it has on the back. This book is perfect for teenagers that love thrilling things. This book uses a good source of Imagery throughout the whole book, engaging readers to be excited to read more. This book is about a group of kids who want to complete ten dares to achieve greatness. These kids videos have gone viral throughout the school. Sooner or later these dares become way too dangerous but he insists to keep going on. Each chapter keeps the reader wanting to read on. I decided to read this book because my freshman year I went to a comic con type thing with Mrs Mullins class. We got to see many different authors and got to talk to them ourselves. This author stood out to me because of this one book. Eric Devine is a high school English teacher and an educational consultant. He is also the author of the book "Tap out" and "The Side of Normal". He lives in Waterford NY, with his family. The reason that this book stood out to me was because of the way he expresses the thrilling events that happen throughout. The use of imagery just pulls the reader into the book even more than they already are. Here are some examples of good Imagery that Eric Devine uses, “We do and I’m pressed into her now, the effervescence of the champagne fizzing beneath my lips and her staring into my eyes. I could give in to this. She is beautiful and this is undoubtedly the most romantic thing I have ever done.” The way Eric Devine uses imagery just pulls the reader into the book more than they already are. Explaining the characters romance using imagery helps the reader engage more. Another good use of imagery in found here, “It’s snowing. The flakes are fat and stick to the ground like bater on a grill. We haven’t had a real storm yet, but this white mess is moving like we’re just getting started. I head into the condo and shake off. Ginny’s by the fireplace, reading a textbook, highlighting away. She looks up when I come in and right back to her book.” The rest of the lights blink off, and the only illumination that remains comes from the little booth where Jesse has a register and a small heater. He’s counting the cash as our booths crunch over the snow. He looks up when Ricky taps on the window, and for a second, he stares. That second is all it takes for Ricky and John to pull him out of the booth and send him pawling into the snow.” The way that Eric Devine uses imagery is actually really cool. He makes the reader feel as if they are actually there in that moment. He makes the reader see what is happening by the use of his words. I highly recommend reading all of Eric Devine's books because he is a very appealing author to all types of people.

  • Bethany
    2018-10-17 23:41

    Newton's First Law: An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.Wow, wow, wow.Absolutely exhilarating!Here's the deal:Ben Candido and his two other friends, John, and Ricky must complete ten dares during their senior year. They will film them, and hopefully gain views, and just might begin to feel like they're special and awesome for once.But these aren't your typical dares. It's not, some dumb milk challenge, or some idle thing like sticking their tongues on a frozen pole.No, their first dare is to go car surfing!They're lucky that stunt didn't get them killed! But boy, did the video explode on Youtube. The guys didn't think they'd get that many views so quick. With their faces covered, nobody knows that it's Ben, Ricky, and John that's behind the dare. And there's more dares to come, much far more dangerous than car surfing.As the dares earn overwhelming tons of attention online, one of the guys finds a mysterious man who is willing to fund and pay the boys for their dares, with more money for every view and follow. But the demands get higher and higher. As things begin to spiral out of control, with them breaking the law, breaking bones, and breaking hearts.Ben realizes that this is much more complicated than he thinks.While this is all going on, Ben's father lost his job, and they're forced to sell their house. His family doesn't know about the dares, and he's letting his grades slip from the stress.People begin to get suspicious. Friends start to turn against each other. And Ben is stuck in deep trouble if he gets caught. He's in too deep to fix everything. This could affect the rest of his life if he doesn't do something about all of this. If only somebody could dare him to cut it out.Newton's Third Law: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. I loved Dare Me too much. It was a combination of everything I needed. I hadn't read a book in a month, and my mind was slowly turning to mush. Picking up Dare Me, I soon found myself lost in a place of risks, secrets, and action. The plot kept me glued to the pages. I physically could not put the book down. What a perfect book to read after my lack of reading! Perfect!I emphasized with Ben. He was such a strong character. Naïve, but lovable. I liked how he always tried to make things right with everybody, even though he didn't have that kind of power. Though I wish he just would've punched Ricky in the face!!!!I was waiting for it. For Ben to just pop Ricky in the nose. Ricky was a complete ass and everybody knew it. But yet, they let him push them around. That's not fair.The dares all made me hold my breath. They made my chest clench while reading them. I couldn't stand the pressure, if one of them were to get hurt. But I wish the videos described in the story were actual videos that I could watch. They sound so cool, with the dares and camera affects described. I wish I could've seen the Christmas one —that video sounded like it would've been hilarious!As for the ending, I felt like it just wasn't fair. Ben truly proved Newton's Third Law to be true, even if he always zoned out in class. I wish the ending would've been longer. There were some questions left unanswered, and I wanted to read more. Still, I really enjoyed this book.Psst!Hey!I dare you to read this book!"I sigh and shake my head. I can't fix Chuck. I can't produce some daredevils for McNeil. I have only a notion of what's up with Alexia, and my home and dad's job are on shaky ground. Which, in turn, makes my college plans and the future quite unstable. That and the fact that I'm terrible at school this year.So how do I make sense of any of this? What would Newton do? From the pictures I've seen, probably go and curl his hair."

  • Arielle Gaona
    2018-09-21 23:48

    Ben and his friends wanted their last year of highschool to be a year everyone remembers, so they do whatever to make that happen. It all started when they posted a youtube video of them car surfing, from there the views came flying in. Once they got the attention they wanted they started to feel like somebodies, but things quickly changed. Many people disagreed with the actions of the boys, many saw it as dangerous and self harming. Soon enough, they started affecting others close to them. Ben soon needed to decide whether his family and friends were more important or the fifteen minutes of fame. I loved how the plot made me want to see what happens and made me want to read more.The book moved at an easy pace, a lot of the things in the book lets you picture scenes in your head which I love. To be honest I loved everything, I have no complaints.The book was very interesting! It tells a little bit about Ben’s family situation and others’ as well, you get caught in the drama.My favorite characters were Ben and Alexa. Ben is to himself, doesn’t really say much and hasn’t really lived life. He’s the type of friends to be more cautious but then reckless at the same time. He reminds me of some of my friends because a lot of my friends always tell me, “Arielle no stop don’t do it” but then end up doing what I do. I’m kind of like ben because although i can be reckless sometimes, i’m not as reckless as my friends. I’m more of like the mom in our clique. I can also sort of relate with Ben when it comes to his home life situation. There were many themes in this book. Friendship, revenge, and forgiveness, love.Friendship= Ben and his three friends had to stay as a team in order for their youtube secret life to work. They had to make sure they were always on the same page and keep secrets. When one of Ben’s friends Ricky included someone, they had to discuss it as a team. When they faced challenges, they did it as a team and found a solution.Revenge= When the boys blame a group of guys so they would be suspected as the stunt guys, but it backfires. One of the guys came to the conclusion that it was Ben and his friends who were the real stunt guys so they got back at him.Love= Ben fell in love with Alexa and because of her he does whatever to make sure she’s safe, even if it hurts him. He protects her and makes sure she knows she can go to him.Forgiveness= After a lot of horrible and frightening things happened, people were forgiven and continued on with life. Everyone realized their mistakes and apologized. Teenagers should read this because I feel like they can relate more to why the boys do what they do, especially teenage boys. Anyone who likes a sort of drama and suspense book with a little bit of romance then you’ll like this book!

  • Victoria Waddle
    2018-10-01 23:27

    Ben Candido has known enough about trouble and his former best friend Ricky to stay away for more than three years. But when their senior year of high school finally arrives, Ben can’t help it. Ricky has a great plan for finishing 10 dares--one per month--and posting them on YouTube. He convinces Ben as well as their friend and basketball star, John, that they will graduate as school legends.From the beginning the dares are super dangerous. The guys could easily get hurt and possibly be killed. They need to keep their daredevil stunts a secret, remain anonymous. But as the number of viewing hits on their videos skyrocket, they are pressured to take on more and more risks. They have a shady sponsor, and their contract with him locks them into a terrifying reality. They have to take on another classmate who appears to have figured out their secret and could get them arrested. But now, in addition to the hope of becoming legends, a lot of money is involved. With Ben’s dad’s job in jeopardy, he has all the more reason to risk himself.Ben has more than one love interest, but the girl of his true heart is Alexia. He’s known her since they were childhood friends. For some reason, she can’t seem to escape her abusive relationship with Jesse. Could Ben’s new courage and daring help him to help her? High school housekeeping: This is a fun book for just about any high school student, but it has particular guy appeal. I recommend it to all my guy reluctant readers who are looking for more action in their novels.One flaw in the novel is that the motivation of Ben, Ricky, and John’s secret sponsor is unclear. But on the whole, you’ll be pulled through the story by one dare and then the next, wondering how the guys can ever get out of this, and if all three of them will manage to live. The end is quite the white-knuckler. Wild and unexpected, it’s a satisfying conclusion to a fast-paced thrill ride.

  • Dani
    2018-10-12 23:22

    For me, the cover was what drew me in. I saw this book in chapters and there was so much simplicity in the image but so much complexity to draw you in when you see a figure standing at the edge of a ledge over a drop of an unknown height that I just wanted to read it and find out WHY, WHATS HAPPENING. The cover was a great reflection on what the book was like. There was so much simplicity when you look at it face-value, but also some complexity when you really give it some thought. The book deals with a cool concept; wanting to be seen and remembered, how we'll go out of our way to make an impression of ourselves on people and yet so often, we let this need to impress people lead to impulsive actions that just get out of hand. The plot of the story revolves around these boy's daring each other to complete stunts that would gather so much hype that they would almost become someone else through the fame they would achieve. I thought that this book's premise was such a cool idea and the author's exploration on dealing with people wanting to be famous and leave an impression on others, well it was a great idea however, i feel like the idea had so much more potential for it that wasn't realized in this book. I had such high hopes for this book because I've read a similar book where the kids pull pranks and it was one of my favourites and honestly, if you wanted to read a story with a premise like this book's premise but which went beyond just the pranks and the fame, "[sic]" by Scott Kelly is the better version to read, no offence to Eric. I just felt like this book had a shallow handle on the concepts it was trying to portray. It had a great message, but the characters even if they had some depth weren't exactly dynamic and the plot didn't move very fast so that i kept getting bored of the book and so as much as i can appreciate the message Eric Devine was portraying through his book, this book just didn't do it for me.

  • Celosia
    2018-09-24 19:46

    Actual rating 1.5 stars.Wow! What happened? I had high expectations for this book. In fact, just by reading the first few pages, I was hooked and thought it had the potentail for five stars. But again, what happened? There are three reasons why it only got 1.5 stars. 1.The swearing. I can tolerate a little swearing, but "Dare Me" had some on every page. You'de be hard pressed to find even one page that contains less than two swear words. That's just way too much for one book. I understand that Ben and his friends are going through tough times. But, were so many eff bombs necessary? No, and it didn't move the plot forward in any posotive way. 2.Casual drinking/casual getting drunk. I know that high school parties will have lots of drinking. It even gives the wrong influence that getting drunk is totally okay and fun even. But I don't want to read about it, especailly because it moves to and encourages the third reason.3.Sex. I know that it's going to be in practiacally every book nowadays. But again, I DON'T want to read about it. And did it have to go into so much detail? I mostly just skim over these parts but I still get the general idea. This also gives the impression that it's okay to get drunk then have sex even if you might regret it later.

  • Steven Parlato
    2018-09-21 00:35

    Eric Devine's DARE ME is a terrific mix of adrenaline-fueled action, emotional struggle and harsh dramatic consequence. Ben Candido and his friends, Ricky and John, are compelling, well-drawn characters, and the story's escalating stakes kept me eagerly turning pages. Devine pulls no punches in regard to language and content, and this gives the book a strong sense of authentic teen voice. The Candido family is believably complicated, and the author avoids a too-neat resolution. Like Ben, readers of all ages will come away from Devine's book feeling a lasting impact. Equal parts thrill ride and cautionary tale, DARE ME is a read I highly recommend for adults and older teens.

  • Mrs Mommy Booknerd
    2018-10-07 19:35

    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

  • Katia
    2018-09-27 00:33

    I loved this book! I'm not going to say anymore because I don't want to spoil the book for other people.

  • Douglas Gibson
    2018-10-01 02:23

    Really did not like this book. Characters are flat and the plot is tedious until the third act and then it ramps up to preposterous.

  • Michael Chriszt
    2018-09-28 23:27

    One of the best books I've ever read

  • Sophie
    2018-10-13 00:35

    This book was given to me as a gift, and I had picked it up a few times in Barnes and Noble, but I had never bought it or sought it out at my library. Don't get me wrong, I didn't hate this book, but it certainly didn't impress me. It was entirely forgettable. After I finished, I shrugged and went on with my day, never once giving the book another thought. The premise of this book is that three friends, Ben, John, and Ricky, wanted to be remembered at their high school because it is their senior year and nobody will remember them after they leave. :'(. But don't worry, Ricky has a plan: complete ten death defying dares in ten months, post on YouTube, and be forever remembered as those guys who did stupid things in order to be some kind of heroes. Great.I didn't really have a problem with that until I read the first sentence, which was something along the lines of "one of us is going to die" Ben is the narrator, and that was his thought as he was about to complete the first dare.News flash Ben, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO THIS IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO. My main problem with this book is that the conflict is entirely self-inflicted and it could have stopped at any time, if Ben and John had grown backbones. Ricky, who Ben and John had some kind of bad history with, is controlling them entirely.After the first dare, Ricky gets them a sponsor and a contract. Again, great, but he didn't tell the other boys about it. He insists they sign it, and they do! They hardly even hesitate! Ben and John seem to think that they are idiots, and that if Ricky says something is right, then it is right. John is literally described as a light post: tall, thin, and dumb.That brings me to my next complaint: that characters. There is almost no personality between all of the characters in the book. Everyone is just waiting for the next thing to happen so that they may react stupidly to it. John is apparently an idiot, and he sure lives up to that label. And he's my favorite character!!!Whenever someone asks a good question about the shady deal Ricky has made with the unknown sponsor, Ben internally narrates, like "oh, that was a good question. I can't wait to see Ricky respond to it." However, it is never Ben who seems to be asking these questions.The whole book seems to go in a cycle. Ben and John know better than to trust Ricky. They tank their grades wondering what will be the next stupid thing they are going to do. Ricky, the ill-chosen leader, reveals the dare. Ben and John freak out and throw a tantrum. Then they do it anyways. They swear that it will be the last one. Ricky claims that they won't get paid if they don't complete the dare. Ben and John surrender and do the dare.I don't know why, but I'm a sucker for characters who actually stand up for themselves. Even Ricky is at the mercy of this mystery sponsor. The boys (finally) figure out that this mystery sponsor cannot be trusted, and they take some steps to determine the identity of the sponsor. They also have to deal with the school administration trying to figure out who the daredevils are, rivals imitating them, girl problems, money problems, and infighting. Oh, and did I mention that at some point Ben decides that these dares are more important than his future success? All that said, there were a few things I liked about the book. I want to make it clear: this was not a terrible book. It just fell flat when compared to other books that I was reading at the time.I liked the climax a bunch. Sure, it happened quickly, and some of it was unrealistic. Okay, a lot of it was unrealistic. I didn't let that bother me, though! Even though, (view spoiler)[ if you are going to have the hero and his love interest get injured at least have them get injured by something other than CORNSTALKS. And, can someone really drive a car while having their eye bashed out? And, will the police actually let someone off that easily?(hide spoiler)]I also liked a few of the characters, despite my rant earlier that none of them had personality. I liked John, because he really stepped up a few times, even though it endangered his future as a basketball player. I also liked Ben's boss, because he provided the only slight comic relief.I'm not sure if I would recommend this book. Some people might like it more than I did, but others won't be as kind as I am about it. It is a solid three. Let me put it this way: if this book were the first in a series, I would not read the rest of the series.

  • Vaanie K
    2018-10-09 02:38

    I Dare You to Read this Book.Dare Me by Eric Devine, a young adult novel published by Running Press Teens, is a tale of caution regarding dares and the desire to do whatever it takes to get the most likes that the current social media culture has manufactured. When I saw this book, its front cover and title stood out to me. I was reminded vaguely of the book and movie Nerve, where, at its most basic, teenagers are paid by anonymous funders to complete dares on film. As I haven’t yet read Nerve or watched its movie, I cannot make any solid comparisons between it and Dare Me, but the latter book did deliver a rollercoaster of emotions and events that sucked me back in every time I read it.Ben Candido desires to be known at his high school and make his senior year count, and when his friend Ricky suggests filming one dare a month for the entire school year and posting the videos online, he and their other friend John agree excitedly. However, as their videos gain more views and the dares become progressively more dangerous, Ricky’s proposal is revealed to have not been so simple and a mysterious backer with plenty of money begins funding their dares- at a cost. Dare Me is a young adult, fast-paced thriller that leaves the reader on their toes. It discusses daredevilry, its positives and negatives and how it flourishes in the age of social media, where everyone is determined to obtain thousands of views, likes and follows. As well, it talks about the pressure to go further with every post along with the importance of looking over everything before entering some sort of agreement with a company- two things that any growing social media personality has to contend with. The plot is realistically spun, even with the increasingly more outlandish dares, seeing how dares and prank videos are currently incredibly popular and the people making these videos have a need to go to extreme lengths to top their peers. Each of the main characters, while not necessarily on the straight and narrow, have understandable and believable motivations for going along with the deal and despite them being morons who like nearly dying for fun, it is still easy to sympathize with them. The ultimate message of the book regarding how the popularity that daredevilry brings is not worth the risk of injury, jail or death doesn’t feel ham-fisted, but rather a conclusion Ben comes to during the events of the novel. Also, the developing romance between Ben and the main love interest was realistically done and did not feel forced in.Eric Devine’s style in this book is quite accurate to how an actual teenage boy would think. He does not hold back on the cuss words; be mindful of this when deciding whether or not to read this book. At various points in the book, Devine employs metaphors and call backs to Newton’s Three Laws of Motion which remind the reader of Ben’s typically bookish nature and talent in English. However, as the book progressed, I found it a little difficult to relate to Ben, although it may not be the fault of the author as much as it is the fact that I have never been one to chase an adrenaline rush. The story is fast-paced, keeping the reader wanting more.In all, Dare Me is a great read for examining how gaining and maintaining a following while needing to appease a sponsor can affect the rest of one’s life. The core message is well-written and the book handles themes like domestic abuse and family troubles appropriately. The characters are well-rounded and sympathetic although the main three might be a little too dumb. I’d recommend this book to teen and up audiences as there are copious amounts of swearing, a few instances of underage drinking and a sex scene. Overall, I rate this book a 4 out of 5 as, despite some minor issues, Dare Me is a book I couldn’t put down.

  • Chrissy
    2018-10-18 23:41

    Ben loves nothing more than the thrill and excitement of teenage rebellion, especially when he is able to feel the ecstasy that comes with pulling off crazy pranks with his best friends, Ricky and John. Ben knows that his grades and SAT scores suck too badly to get him into anything but a full-price ride at the local community college, so when Ricky comes up with a plan to videotape one dangerous dare per month -- and to post them on YouTube in order to make a little money for the future -- Ben jumps at the chance to find cheap thrills while evading real trouble, at least for now.As the dares get more dangerous, leading the boys to leap off cliffs on mountain bikes and to dress like turkeys in the middle of hunting season, Ben starts to get suspicious of Ricky's motives -- especially after Ricky secures a sponsor from an internet shop for outdoor gear. The boys are quickly coerced to sign a contract with mysterious sponsor O.P., although nobody but Ricky has actually seen the full terms of the agreement. And although Ben has never seen a physical check, he soon racks up thousands of dollars risking his life once every thirty days.But soon, things turn dangerous and at least one of the boys faces consequences that destroy his plans for the future. An internet search turns up nothing about O.P., and he seems to have no involvement at all with the outdoor shop that is supposedly sponsoring the boys. And when someone close to Ben sees through the costumes and the masks, discovering that Ben is involved is not only breaking many laws but also coming dangerously close to young death through his frightening pranks, Ben begins to wonder what on earth is really lurking behind the dares.Is the chance to be a teenage legend really worth the possibility of losing everything?I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed DARE ME -- and, after finishing this novel, I really wonder why it hasn't gotten more exposure in the YA community of book reviews. The characters are pretty realistic, I think, and I could definitely identify with Ben's struggle to find purpose and thrill when his life seems to be spiraling out of his control. Ben is almost like an alcoholic at points, it seems, doing whatever he can to feel the exciting rush of adrenaline -- even in situations that seem so clearly, to the reader at least, to be insanely destructive and stupid.The novel, overall, seems to illustrate a message about the lengths that people will go to in order to feel accepted -- even adored -- often to seek approval from people who they really don't even like that much in the first place, right? Ultimately, Ben's growth as a character centers around the search for purposes in his life, specifically with relation to the degree at which he should seek to alter himself for the sake of those around him. Supporting characters, like Ben's older sister who attempts to use Ben as a subject of her psychological research people on adolescent rebellion, are written in such a way that they readily help Ben along on his journey towards young adulthood.I wasn't entirely satisfied by the ending of the novel, but endings are always so difficult in books like these. Anything that ties things up too nicely can feel cliche, while anything open ended can feel frustratingly too close to home. I'm not sure how the author could have ended the story in another way, though, so it's really hard to criticize in this aspect.If you love action-packed young adult fiction with a coming-of-age backbone, definitely give DARE ME a chance!

  • Mishel Forte
    2018-10-03 03:44

    The first word that comes to mind about Eric Devine’s newest YA novel is REAL; totally and frighteningly real! In a world where the next big thing is blasted all over the internet within nanoseconds Dare Me is a fast-paced story that will resonate strongly with the tech-savvy and YouTube crazed generation. Written in the perspective of a high school student in his senior year, Ben, Ricky, and John just want to make a name for themselves; leave some sort of legacy behind. Their mission: complete 10 crazy dangerous stunts throughout the school year and upload each of the videos onto YouTube. But when a mysterious and unknown donor starts funding things and taking control Ben starts to wonder at what price should this legacy come at? And how far is he willing to go to achieve it?I liked Ben. It took a while… but I finally came around to liking him. (I’m sure the very climactic ending had a part in it) It was hard to relate to him at times. And he was too much of a follower in the beginning, even against his better judgment and even though he questioned so much of what was going on. But that’s high school life isn’t it? We’ve all done, or witnessed others do, crazy or stupid things even when it’s the wrong thing. I like that this novel mirrors real life. Even though I wanted to shake and/or punch Ben many a time I admired the final decisions he made and the courage he had to finally face the right path and set foot on it.I didn’t like that the writing style seemed very choppy at times. Like maybe the author was trying too hard to write a certain way…? *shrugs* It was heavy in the beginning and then I only caught glimpses of it in the middle and end but by that time I wanted to know how the story ended so I didn’t mind so much. Basically… there were some minor faults to the book, but I could overlook them because there was also some good story-telling going down.What really made the novel work for me was all the back-story going on besides the insane dares the boys were doing. Ben has a lot to deal with in his life: besides surviving the dares. His family is having financial issues, his older sister finds out about the dares, his childhood love interest is getting physically abused by her douchebag of a boyfriend (who happens to be the douchebag “big man” on campus), his grades are slipping, his said childhood love interest’s best friend all of a sudden takes a interest in him…I mean seriously high school is complicated enough. Why add death-defying stunts to the check-off list Ben??Social media and social networking has become such a HUGE part of our culture that it sometimes scares me. Everyone is so “connected” at times that it doesn’t seem normal. But reality is the internet and real life has become so intertwined that it is in fact the norm. When something crazy or cool or outrageous happens how soon is it posted on the internet after being captured by some smart phone or other device?? Super fast! That’s how fast! Dare Me (along with many other books out there) sheds light on how far technology has come and just how much some lives revolve around it. I’m going to be checking out Devine’s other book Tapout and definitely his future work.**I received this book in exchange for an honest review**

  • Annette
    2018-10-11 23:40

    While Dare Me kept my attention with no problem, I did find the premise to be a bit far-fetched at times.Ben, along with his friends, Ricky and John intend to have the best senior year ever. They plan to do a daring prank every month and post it to YouTube in the hopes that these pranks will make them famous.After the first prank, Ricky reveals that it was a test, and since they did so well, they have a sponsor that will pay them based on the number of hits each video receives. All they have to do is sign the contract. Which they do. Without reading it. You can probably see where this is going.The pranks are all potentially deadly and most would say too risky. But they get lucky, mostly, and at least they don't get killed. The hits go up after each prank. The money is rolling in. But something is fishy about their sponsor. It doesn't appear that he really works for the outdoor company that he claims to represent. I really didn't feel the part about the bogus contract was necessary, except it did allow for a money angle. You see, these boys each in their own way really need money.There are some secondary characters and story lines that really make Dare Me worthwhile. Ben has a sister in college who figures out Ben is doing this. His father has lost his job, and they must move. There's a homosexual relationship -- or at least a hint at one. There's a bit of a love triangle. Ben works with his childhood friend, Alexia, and he's head over heels for her. But she has a boyfriend and she shows up at work with bruises on her arm. Chantel, Alexia's friend, suddenly shows a romantic interest in Ben.These boys are under a lot of stress. Ben's grades are suffering and his SAT score is horrible. His chances of going to college are fading away. John is up for a basketball scholarship, and with each dare he worries that he's going to get hurt.The relationships and dealing with these stresses are what make Dare Me a rich story. It's more than just the dares. The actual story drug at times for me, mostly during the execution of the pranks. I really liked the way it all ended, though. While a bit over-the-top, it was exciting, and I appreciated the resolution.I'll recommend Dare Me to teen boys without hesitation. (Not that girls won't like it, but they'll pick it up on their own.) I don't think they will feel the drag of the pranks as much as this old lady did. It gets harder and harder to get back my teen mindset. While the dares may be the teen reader's favorite part, I think they will also appreciate the relationships, just as I did. They may not realize it, but there are lessons to be learned here.

  • SummerRada
    2018-10-03 02:33

    I finished another series of books and I went to the library, looking for a new book and I found Dare Me. The setting for the 3 main characters happens in their Senior year of High School. The conflict is that the 3 guys are being paid to do scary stunts and dares, even though they are risking a lot. One of the guys is doing a dare and he falls of the ramp and breaks his arm, causing him to possibly lose his college scholarship. Another conflict is that none of them have met their new “boss”. The conflict is external because it is happening to them and their bodies, not their emotions or feelings. The main character, Ben Candido, is a static character of the story. He rarely changes, I don’t think he ever does. When he does, he’s only changing his feelings back and forth whether or not he wants to go through with the dares. His characteristics are that he is loyal, unselfish and trustworthy. Because he sticks through it all, even though he doesn't want to. He’s unselfish because he’s risking his own life for others entertainment. The theme of this book is that you that you shouldn't believe or trust anybody you have never met, especially when you’re risking your life and your career for them. One reading strategy I used was Preview, the cover of the book shows a kid standing on a ledge over water. Another reading strategy is I Set A Purpose, I chose this book because it looked like it would be risky and put me on edge, ready to read more. The last reading strategy I used was I Visualized, I visualized when Ben jumped off the bridge and when he hit the water, he hit his head on a rock and when he got back up, he could barely stay surfaced. He almost drowned, so he grabbed onto a tree and pulled himself out of the water. I think this book is a good book so far, I haven’t finished it yet. But, it’s a good book because there is drama and the guys talk like real teenage guys do. Yes, I recommend this book.

  • Christine
    2018-09-30 00:50

    "There are no brakes in freefall." Best line in DARE ME by Eric Devine. Ben, the main character, and his friends are pranksters and adreniline junkies. They start their senior year at school doing a dangerous stunt and a plan to do 10 dares. Only an anonymous person gets involved, calls the shots, and everything escalates out of control. There's also a realistic romance (not sappy at all like Romances) and one sex scene, but with purpose, not gratutious. The foul words in dialogue was authentic for teen boys, although I felt the adults wouldn't have used the exact same vulgar words as the teens. DARE ME will especially appeal to boys. I felt boys could relate to the actions and motives and ambivilance of the characters. [Note: I read and write books with male protagonists, but I had trouble understanding and couldn't identify with Ben and John and knew it was because I am a woman. However, I taught high school and did know adolescent boys like this, so I believe the author is writing authentic characters, even if the mother and teacher in me was afraid these boys were going to ruin their lives and futures.] The ending rang true in that the characters all suffered consequences to their actions. One thing I loved throughout the book was how the main character understood Issac Newton's laws and how they applied to his decisions and the outcome of those actions. I also loved his sister and their relationship and found that to be very realistic. I loved his whole intact family and how they interacted. The pizza place and job was very accurate. (My son had worked at a pizza place in high school.) I bought DARE ME at a bookstore and often give away books to libraries. However, I plan to keep DARE ME on the shelf for a couple of boys in my family for when they reach 14. I'd rather they read about Ben's exploits and hopefully it will be a cautionary tale.

  • Cindy Hudson
    2018-09-30 20:47

    It all sounds so simple to Ben when his friend Ricky proposes it: complete a set of outrageous dares during their senior year and they’ll go down as legends in their high school. Along with their friend John, they pull off the first dare—wind surfing on the roof of a car—without getting hurt. But as the video of the dare goes viral, each successive stunt must take on more risk if the friends are to keep their audience enthralled. Ben is afraid to continue, but he’s even more afraid to go back to what he was like before.Dare Me by Eric Devine is a chilling look at the restlessness that teens on the cusp of change can feel. Taking risks doesn’t seem like a bad thing, particularly when the consequences aren’t fully grasped. All three boys face tough situations at home: Ben’s father loses his job and the family must cut expenses and move from their long time home. John is set to get a basketball scholarship to college, even though he’s not sure he even wants to keep playing. His dad pressures him to keep up. And Ricky’s parents are barely even in the picture, leaving him to figure things out on his own. The situation is ripe for prompting the boys to make rash decisions, regardless of what happens as a result.Dare Me brings to light several important issues teens face that are good to discuss, including physical abuse in a relationship, the pressure high school kids can feel to perform at a high level so they can get into good colleges, and more pressure to fit in with their peers yet stand out in a way that brings praise. Behind it all is the role social media plays in pushing kids to do things they may not otherwise be motivated to do. Riveting and fast paced, this book is hard to put down. I recommend it for mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 14 and up.The publisher gave me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Lisa Cresswell
    2018-10-11 02:36

    How far would you go for your 15 minutes of fame? Dare Me by Eric Devine is a grim treatise on what three teen boys would do for attention and the twisted fascination people have with watching others experience a “reality” above and beyond their own mundane existence, especially if it’s dangerous. To some perhaps it seems as if our social media existences are more desirable than our real lives or we think they are. No matter how much these characters wish they were the people others see, at the end of the day, they’re just ordinary human beings. In Dare Me, most everyone is a fake, everyone is a liar, and it’s apparently ok when it’s done in search of fame, notoriety, and attention. Rather than facing their problems, the characters of Dare Me hide behind a façade of bravado, an image of bravery that’s as thin as their hope for something better.I deducted one star from my rating because I could not truly empathize with the main character, Ben. I’m just a reader that likes a hero to cheer for and I have to admit, I was disturbed by Ben’s dishonesty, his language, and his treatment of girls. Perhaps he was so deeply flawed that I failed to connect with him. I found myself wishing he would change more over the course of the story, rather than at the very end, and only after terrible events had taken place. This might be the author’s point though, that some people can’t accept reality until it smacks them in the face.Dare Me leaves me rather sad for today’s young people and hopeful that not everyone has completely lost touch with reality. Hauntingly powerful and reminiscent of another of my favorite authors, Chris Crutcher, Dare Me is a disturbing and thought provoking examination of the soul of today’s youth.

  • Savannah (Books With Bite)
    2018-09-21 19:28

    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.

  • Alexia Ramos
    2018-10-07 01:43

    If you're into books about adventures, this book is for you.Dare Me is about how Ben Candido and his two friends, Ricky and John, try to become legacies because it's their senior year. To become a legacy, they decide to do wild, dangerous dares. Things get out of hand when their first dare video goes viral on YouTube. A mysterious man finds them and makes a deal with Ricky that if they do whatever dares he requests, he will give them money. The more views the video has, the more money they get. Throughout the story, the three boys continuously argue with one another on whether or not they're even doing these intense dares for the legacy or for the money.This book keeps you on your toes. However, it wasn't the best book I've ever read. I liked how each dare got more intense because it prevented me from putting the book down. However, I didn't like how everything was so predictable. I felt that after every dare John and Ben would go from saying, "That was awesome!" to screaming at Ricky about how he's an idiot for making this deal with the mystery man. I felt like I was reading the same thing over and over again, which was really boring to me.Overall, Dare Me was a fantastic book. I would definitely recommend this book to people who enjoy reading about adventures or just want to have a good read.

  • Aidan Joly
    2018-09-21 21:48

    For my review, I read "Dare Me," by Eric Devine. It is about three friends: Ben, Ricky and John, that are seniors in high school that are determined to do 10 crazy dares in 10 months and post videos of them on YouTube to become famous worldwide. They are willing to do just about anything for the attention that they so desire, whether it may be breaking bones or even being electrocuted. They originally just want this to be a thing for their fellow students of their school, but it gets too crazy for them to carry on. Another catch is that their parents do not know about what they are doing, so they are doing everything in their power to make sure that they do not learn about what they are doing. All while this is happening, they could be in trouble with the school or even the law, so they are trying to not eventually end up in jail. Or even worse, dead or serious injuries that may cost them the rest of their lives. What happens to them? Read the book to be able to find out. Personally, I really enjoyed this book. It has a lot of very interesting story lines and funny parts, and it is really enjoyable. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes books with a lot of action in them.Sorry I could't get this in yesterday, I was having some computer problems.

  • Mandy
    2018-10-12 22:37

    In Dare Me, high school senior Ben Candido joins his friends Ricky and John in concocting a plan to complete ten dares during their senior year and posting videos of them online. Lured by the prospect quickly of becoming school legends and the monetary benefits they gain after signing with a mysterious backer, Ben and his friends becoming increasingly bold in the types of dares they attempt. Filled with a plethora of real-life situations that Devine so expertly incorporates in his writing, Dare Me explores domestic abuse, teenage sex, homosexuality and bullying. Devine’s writing feels so authentic as he shapes his characters’ experiences. Just as teens do in real life, Devine’s characters share a unique vernacular and attitude, which is particularly different when interacting with each other, and when interacting with adults. Devine’s ability to capture these eccentricities probably stems from his direct experience with teenagers as a high school teacher. Few authors have the direct insight into their characters’ personalities and Devine aptly uses this opportunity to his advantage.Check out the rest of my review at

  • Alicia
    2018-10-20 01:25

    A more serious version of Calame's boy antics with some Crutcher drama and reality TV social commentary, Devine's book is suspenseful but dense. There was quite a bit going on that made it distracting including dating violence, Ben's family issues with his father's job and possible move and definite downsizing, dating drama, work, school issues, small-town gossip, and more. Even one or two of these issues would have sufficed to provide the risky entertainment that was the goal for the group of boys and with the book running over 300 pages, it would have been worth cutting out some of the secondary storylines. Regardless, Ben's ethical issues, family situation, and involvement with his friends was unique and understandable. Senior year is rough, going through family stuff is even tougher, and the competition to be somebody is always on the mind. The dares are all over the place and certainly death-defying which provided some tense moments (especially as a mother reading this!) Overall, while I would have preferred a shorter, more succinct story, the crux of the book is valuable and will definitely have it's share of fans.

  • Jeremy Brundige
    2018-09-19 02:41

    Dare Me is a book about a Trio of High school students doing dumb stuff for money and anonymous fame. What i really likes about this book was that is that the characters weren't just robots they showed emotion and were honestly scared when doing the dares. The dares were creative and very dangerous which kept me reading until the very end And the ending was perfect. There were something i thought could be done better i disliked the stupidity of the characters at times i mean i understand trying to get famous but i feel like they went way to far, i understand that it made a good story but i hurt to read at times. Also the language kept it at a pg-13 level and would not recommend it to anyone young.I gave the book a 5 star rating because I think the book was well written and extremely entertaining. The plot was fast moving and the characters were easy to relate to at times but totally crazy at others. The ending was very satisfying and was well thought out, I highly recommend it to anyone old enough that's looking for a good read.