“You are cordially invited to participate in a game of thrills and dares. Tell no one, and come alone. If you dare.”
Hope is sick of everyone treating her like she’s breakable. Sure, she has cystic fibrosis (basically really bad lungs), but she’s tired of being babied by her mom and her overprotective best friend, Ethan, not to mention worrying about paying for her expensive medication and how she’s going to afford college. And she’s bored with life in her run-down New Orleans suburb.
When an invitation arrives from a mysterious group that calls itself the Society, Hope jumps at the chance for some excitement. This could be her ticket out. All she has to do is complete a few dares and she might win some real money.
But the Society isn’t all it seems . . . and soon Hope finds that playing the game isn’t a choice—it’s a requirement.
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Girls, girls, girls, girls, girlsssssss. This book is full of girls and I LOVE IT.
Sure, Ethan is there, and so is Tucker, but I can happily say that all the main characters are girls. They’re all different from each other and have their own little quirks and habits, making up a cast of interesting and realistic girls. Hope, Hartley, Lyla, Farrah, Nikki… I love them all. This just made me so happy, and honestly? It was one of the main reasons why I picked up the book. I’d been needing a healthy dose of Girl Power.
But it wasn’t the only reason why I decided to read this story. First, this is one the best book titles I’ve seen in a while. It made me think of adventures and secrets and mischievous plans even before I read the summary. And secondly, the whole plot idea of five girls participating in a secretive game of dares is just so goshdarn interesting. I mean, I can’t be the only person who’s had daydreams about this sort of thing, right? Can you imagine it, though? Getting a mysterious letter and being whisked off into a completely unpredictable adventure… yeah, yeah, yeah, I know I’m idealizing but hey, a girl can dream.
I really needed a book to get me out of a ridiculous reading slump that was plaguing me for TWO MONTHS, and this was absolutely perfect. It’s got cool characters, an interesting plot and a shriek-inducing ending. Translation: I read it in one sitting and recommend it to all. Four out of five stars!