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Truth or Dare

(Truth or Dare #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  2,799 ratings  ·  374 reviews
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 l
Hardcover, 389 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Aisling It has swearing, sexual references, and many mature themes in it, but I don't know the person you think would like it, so it depends. I'd say proofrea…moreIt has swearing, sexual references, and many mature themes in it, but I don't know the person you think would like it, so it depends. I'd say proofread it first.(less)
Aisling Yes! I really like it! I don't know if you would like it, but I really did!…moreYes! I really like it! I don't know if you would like it, but I really did!(less)

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Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: won
I received an ARC in a contest giving away books.

Truth or Dare was a pleasant surprise after reading some disappointing books prior to it. I usually don't like more than alternating POV's but Green does a great job getting us into the heads of three very different girls: Sydney, the artsy photographer, with a deadly secret, Caitlin, a pretty and popular but sweet girl who is buckling under pressure to get into Harvard, and Tenley, the mean girl who left town and is back to reclaim her throne. S
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Imagine someone knows all your darkest secrets. Now, imagine that person is not your friend. That person has a grudge against you. And that person wants you to play a game. A dangerous game of truth or dare, with your life at stake. Will you play?

I really looked forward to reading Truth or Dare. The plot line sounded very promising, bringing to mind classic teen horror movies like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, or popular series such as Gossip Girl or Pretty Little Liars. Teens fo
Emily Anne
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Truth or Dare was a suspenseful, addicting read, although it may not be for everyone. I was rushing through the pages to finish. And then wished for the second book, immediately. The one word I think describes this read most is darkly "fun" though. Truth or Dare was just the break I needed.

I have heard that Truth or Dare is often compared to Pretty Little Liars. Admitedly, I have not read the series, but I believe they both have an awesome amount of drama and mystery. Speaking of the mystery asp
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, 2012, lucky13
This book was so suspensful! Whenever I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. The author did a fabulous job of revealing information just when we needed it to keep the intrigue. I also loved that out of the three narrating characters, one was a more normal girl who saw the rudeness of the spoiled rich girl, and another narrating character was the spoiled rich girl. It was great to read what was going on in each of their heads, and still be able to relate with two very different characters. ...more
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
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 t ...more
Wendy Darling
Oh, boy. I can't remember the last time I read a book this insanely convoluted. And really, it's already far too long at 400 pages! Why must EVERYTHING be a series?

Grumpy review to come.
Steph Su
I was hoping, when I picked this book up, that it would defy my expectations. With a synopsis that sounded like it had been lifted directly from a rejected Pretty Little Liars installment, I’ll admit that my expectations weren’t high. And while I did finish the book (which says something, I suppose, considering how I’m not afraid to DNF a book that I don’t have a chance of loving), I kind of wish that, well, I hadn’t.

Throughout the whole book, I kept on shaking my head and saying to myself, “Wha

First of all, I haven't read Pretty Little Liars, so I have nothing to compare this book to, like many people have in other reviews.

Truth or Dare is about 3 girls who, after a game of truth or dare at a party, keep on receiving dares long after the game is over. Throughout this book the three girls try to figure out who is sending these dares.

This book was so suspenseful! For most of the book I had no idea who was sending these dares, and when I did guess correctly, I didn't entirely
2.5 stars.

Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog:

At one point, I didn’t think I would finish Truth or Dare. But it was sort of like a game of Clue, I just had to figure out who was stalking these girls, making them do outrageous things to prevent their deepest, darkest secrets from being exploited. So I kept reading, I got completely sucked in, and I stayed up until almost 2 a.m. to finish.

And I felt major disappointment.

While Green’s writing is pretty strong (especially when it come
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, own, mystery
I don’t know where to start! The book has so much going for it that kept me turning the pages and wondering what would happen next. Truth or Dare, in my world has always been a kid’s game but with Tenley and Caitlin, they take it to a new level. Tenley and Caitlin live in a small seaside town and become the popular girls. As the girls got older, they have included others in their game and humiliation and embarrassment are just part of the game. Tenley moves away and in her senior year of high sc ...more
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook, contemporary
This book was exactly like Pretty Little Liars. It's kind of ridiculous how similar they are.

Ok so technically, the girls from Rosewood don't have a truth or dare game to play per se, but they're all blackmailed into doing things to ensure that their secrets stay buried, just like the heroines of this book.

The fact that it reminded a lot of PLL isn't a big deal but unfortunately, because I've already read this type of story before, I knew what to look for this time around and therefore easily
This felt like a knock-off of Pretty Little Liars/Burn For Burn. While I liked both those books, I just couldn't get into this one. It did start off well, and I was intrigued till about mid-way into the book. After that it just got boring and I wanted it to end. The pacing was terrible, and the ending was just so typical that it left me unsatisfied and disappointed. If it weren't for the cliche ending and the fact that it was way too long, I think this book could of been redeemable. Another issu ...more
Demitria Lunetta
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended for fans of: YA Contemporary/Suspense

I loved the premise of this book, what would you do if someone threatened to expose your darkest secrets? Would you betray your friends? Hurt others? Damage your own rep? This book was very suspenseful, keeping you guessing as to the identity of the “darer” till the very end. You also get the POV from not one, not two, but three different characters, each with a unique (if purposefully limited) perspective that lets the reader have more clues and
Erica Alyson
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, young-adult
Update review 7/12/13
I have to add 1 more star because I have still be thinking about this book off and off since I read it. It stuck with me. So 1 star added. i wan't to read more.

Original review on 6/21/13
I liked this book I really did but it was just slow. It took me a while to get into it and then once I was into it, it felt like it was over. The best parts were at the end when it picked up. I am going to read the next book because it was entertaining, I just wanted more. It reminded me
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
This book kept me reading, nearly straight through---the characters were believable, and included those you liked and disliked, just like real life. The stakes were high for the 'players' of the game, and you sympathized with them. Although the book is set up to be part of a trilogy, if not for the last three pages, it could easily have been a stand-alone. My high school students will like this--I've already handed it off to one who I know will read and pass it along quickly. Thanks to the publi ...more
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I had very mixed feelings with this book. Some parts I really enjoyed and I thought were done well, others I really couldn't be bothered with. ...more
Maryam Siddiqui
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fav-series
I love PLL and I loved this!!! this encapsulates the theme that PLL captures! Must read for EVERYONE!
Dark Faerie Tales
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed-by-zed
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Truth or Dare unlike you have ever played before.

Opening Sentence: The water was everywhere.

The Review:

My first impression of this ARC was pure frustration. This was because the prologue begins in a very cursive font to the point that it looked like weird swirls linked together. Try as I might, I just COULD NOT READ IT and we all know that the first sentence is sooo important! First I tried reading on my laptop and then on my kindle, which was a
May 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free from Goodreads First Reads in exchange for a review.

I absolutely loved this novel. Reminded me a bit of Pretty Little Liars, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Gossip Girl. This book was very suspenseful and terrifyingly creepy. I loved how much it kept me on my toes since anything and everything could happen.

The novel is about three girls all at the same elite school but not friends with each other. All three have secrets to hide - big secrets that would ruin the
Feb 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
I can't help but think how so much of the story was brought on by stupidity. These girls allowed themselves to get sucked into a game of truth or dare, even though they had the power to stop it right from the beginning. Caitlin and Syndey, I can understand why they don't want their secret revealed. But Tenley? Compared to the other two, her problems were so small.

I just can't. The book was too long, the scenarios were stupid, but the ending was good.
Mediocre. Predictable. And, above all, a Pretty Little Liars meets The Lying Game. It offered nothing new, its characters were steretypical, and the plot was boring. It dragged for so long, and the ending was just like one you could've found on a PLL book. How original. ...more
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down. I really liked all the characters and totally had a surprise ending - I can't wait for the next book! ...more
Grace Kay
May 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
You can also read this review on my blog at

Is it cheating to say that Jacqueline Green's book Truth or Dare is a lot like Sara Shepard's book series and the even more popular TV series Pretty Little Liars? Maybe it is, but there is truly no better way to describe Truth or Dare - a book that is just as focused on high school drama and filled with unrealistic situations as the teen series Pretty Little Liars. However, while Pretty Little Liars is grossly unrealisti
Just A Ginger

I want to cry. You know those books that you look at on the bookstore shelf forever? You don’t want to or can’t buy it at full price even though it sounds amazing? You wait and wait and finally you have your hands on it. You open it and at first it’s exciting and you’re complete into it and then… something happens. You realize you’re putting the book down more and more often. You get into the reading mood but when you begin to read you suddenly feel like you don’t want to read anymore. Not even
CHRI: So, what did you think of Truth or Dare?

MEG: On the whole? It was disappointing. Truth or dare isn't something I see very often in YA fiction nowadays (since the rise of dystopias and post-apocalyptics and so on), so I was actually really excited for this one. Unfortunately, by the end of it I wasn't very satisfied.

CHRI: I wasn't as excited about it as you seemed to be, though dude, Truth or Dare. The story could go in so many directions, and I was really disappointed with how it turned ou
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own

“The water was everywhere. It was soaking her clothes and in her ears and burning her eyes. It wrapped around her like a cocoon, like arms, like chains. She waited for the terror to hit. But all she could think was: Finally.”


I enjoyed this book but it felt like I was reading fan fiction or something.
With that I mean something written by an amateur writer, very simple writing and nothing mind blowing. Didn't quite care for the characters that much either and the parts th
Madison Calhoun
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned, ya, thriller
I picked up Truth or Dare hoping that it would read like a teen thriller movie. After a party with an intense game of truth or dare, three girls get menacing notes continuing the game long after its closure. Only after I got the book home and started reading it, did I realize that it was actually just a cheap rip off of Pretty Little Liars. I'll admit that I do like the PLL books, but I read them purely as a guilty pleasure-- I know they're bad, but I read them to get a trashy escape from my own ...more
Codi Gary
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good YA Mystery
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book felt like a literal chore to read because it was so completely monotonous. The premise sounds fun, but it turns out to just be a repeat of the same trope over and over- teenager receives threatening note challenging them to a dare, teenager completes dare, new dare is received until the perpetrator is revealed in an anticlimactic scene that feels like it was ripped out of a straight-to-DVD teen slasher flick. I was completely underwhelmed and I have no intention of reading the sequel.
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
I always dreaded the game of Truth or Dare when I was younger.  It never ended well for me.  And the same is true for the girls in this book.  But we'll get to that in a moment.

I like mysteries and thrillers and revenge stories.  It's one of the reasons I'm still watching Pretty Little Liars. I didn't read the books, though.  I read the first book in The Lying Game series by the same author, and I vowed no more.  Those books just weren't on my level.  Obviously, the story is interesting enough o
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A pen name of Jacqueline Resnick.

Jacqueline Green received her BA from Cornell University and her MFA in writing for children from The New School. She grew up in Wynnewood, PA and now lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and their tiny dog (who sometimes moonlights as her writing companion). Truth or Dare, the first novel in a trilogy, is her young adult debut.

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