Review: It Started With a Dare
Self-proclaimed nobody CG Silverman sees her move to an upscale new school as her chance to be somebody different. Her devil-may-care attitude attracts the in-clique, and before CG realizes it, a routine game of truth or dare launches her to iconic status. While this rebel image helps secure CG’s newfound popularity, it also propels her through a maze of unprecedented chaos, with each new lie and every dare opening doors that, in most cases, were better off left shut. CG is on a collision course with disaster. Will she be able to keep up the façade? Or will the whole world find out she’s a fraud?–From Amazon
Lindsay Faith Rech’s YA debut, It Started with a Dare, is actually her third novel. This Mean Girls-esque story is absolutely hilarious, while dealing with some serious identity issues and exploring the nuances of high school hierarchies. CG, formerly at the bottom of the totem pole, reinvents herself at her new school in order to be liked by the popular girls. One lie builds on another, and it doesn’t take long before she gets in over her head. CG lies about her past relationship with her best friend Alex, fools around with her friend Alona’s older brother, while simultaneously geting involved with a teacher through an online dating chat room, and keeps her only real friendship with a nerdy next door neighbor a secret from her other friends. CG doesn’t mean anyone any harm, but she discovers that her actions have a big impact on those around her. As several friendships fall apart, CG must come to terms with who she really is and what kind of people she wants surrounding her.
CG’s voice is incredibly distinctive. She is one of the wittiest, most sarcastic narrators I have read, and I could relate to her use of sarcasm as both a barrier and a defense mechanism. It Started With a Dare is a timely commentary on the high school caste system, with numerous pop culture references scattered throughout. Rech’s adult novels look like they might be hard to track down, but if the writing style is anything like her YA book, I definitely hope to read them.