You Read What? Book Review: Truth or Dare

Author: Jacqueline Green

Publisher: Hachette Book Group

  • Imprint: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Date Published: May 14th 2013

Format: ARC (Advanced Reader’s Copy). Paperback

Source: From the publisher for review

Synopsis:

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.

Number of Days It Took to Read: 3

Cover: 

Truth and Dare

I really  like this cover. It really stands out and the bluish/greenish hue just works.

The Writing Score: 3 out of 5

Recommendation: Casual Perusal

Memorable or Forgettable: Forgettable

Rating:  2 out of 5

Review:

I wasn’t a fan of this book at all. It felt like a Pretty Little Liars knock off and squandered whatever potential it had of becoming a real suspenseful read. The pacing was off and the plot was so simple that I saw the outcome or “twist” miles away. It was like the book was checking off a list of pre-requisites needed to make itself a thriller/horror read. The characters were stereotypical and one dimensional. Their actions made no sense or weren’t realistic especially at the end. I did enjoy the implementation of pyromania but that’s about it.

I wish I could add more to the review but it didn’t stand out or made any impact on me unfortunately.

A. A. Omer

The opinions expressed here are mine and readers are welcome to disagree. In fact, I encourage it! I never believed in putting particular books or authors on some sort of universal pedestal but you’re free to put it on your individualized pedestal because I most certainly will.

4 thoughts on “You Read What? Book Review: Truth or Dare

  1. Ugh I hate when books are too predictable. And I recently read a book as well where it felt like the author was just checking off things they were “supposed to do.” Makes for boring reading.

    1. Yea. I really don’t like “fit into template” books. the books that make an impact are the ones that are fresh and new and not going with the crowd at the time.

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