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Dare Me

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  333 ratings  ·  86 reviews
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 d ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Running Press Kids
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Laura Martinelli
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Dillon Rice
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 recom ...more
Oct 29, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Bethany Crandell
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is signature Devine: Intense. Gripping. Honest.

Loved this!
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 no
Arielle Gaona
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Victoria Waddle
Mar 28, 2015 rated it liked it

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.
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
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 deal
May 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-summer-2014, ya
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 B
Steven Parlato
Nov 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
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 ...more
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I'm not going to say anymore because I don't want to spoil the book for other people.
Michael Chriszt
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've ever read
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, favorites
Admittedly, this isn’t a book I would normally read. But I liked the idea of some high school boys taking on dangerous dares for “greatness.” And then I read the first line: “There is no doubt that one of us will die.” That settled it – I was going to read this book.

I don’t want to do one of my regular reviews, where I talk about the characters and plot twists and everything. I think that would ruin the magic of the book.

I’m not sure exactly what to say about Dare Me. It was … different.

The boys
Mrs. Anne
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved everything but the very end. My favorite books are coming of age novels and this certainly qualifies right down to the main character suffering consequences of varying degrees during different parts of the book. My suggestion? Just don't read the last 3 pages and the rest is awesome!
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I thought this book was okay. It wasn't really a whole lot of what I was expecting. I guess I just had a hard time reading it after a little while. It wasn't my favorite.
Ismael Ortiz
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another awesome Eric Devine book. Good read. Definitely for older YA fans. I would not let someone under 14 read it because there is a little bit of sex stuff.
Douglas Gibson
Nov 30, 2016 rated it did not like it
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.
Marisa Maichel
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
I liked the concept and idea, but I didn’t really like any of the main characters.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm calling this one at page 101. I am not in place where I want to read about teenage boys doing self-destructive things for fun.
Jan 02, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Vaanie K
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 o
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Mishel Forte
Oct 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review
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 ...more
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Summer  Rada
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”. Th
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teen boys
"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
Cindy Hudson
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Lisa Cresswell
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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Author of fearless fiction: Press Play, Dare Me, Tap Out, and This Side of Normal. High school English teacher, husband, and father of two girls.

I am represented by Kate McKean of the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.
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