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The Dare

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  849 ratings  ·  156 reviews
Two jumped off the pier that night...but only one came back alive

Bryn did everything with her best friend Erica. So when someone dared Erica to jump off the pier one night at Harding Beach, Bryn was right by her side. But when Bryn made it back to the surface, Erica was nowhere to be found. Bryn tries to make a fresh start by burying her memories of that awful night. But w
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire (first published January 1st 2014)
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May 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
In reality, The Dare should be called I Know What You Did Last Summer.

So Brynna and a bunch of friends went to some beach one night and she dared her best friend Erica to dive. Unfortunately, Erica didn't make it back up; her body wasn't even found.

In The Dare we have the typical case of I-shuld-have-been-the-one-to-die syndrome. Brynna is constantly feeling guilty and thinks she killed her friend. Right.

So Brynna's parents move to another town so her ex alcoholic and drug addict daughter could
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I love Hannah Jayne's stories. She never ceases to bring an edge of suspense and mystery into each and every one of her books. An almost creepy vibe like feel keeping you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next and most of all, who can be trusted and who can't.

The Dare kept me guessing and wondering right up to the very end. Constantly in a state of turmoil wondering if the protagonist was crazy, disturbed or if someone was really out to get her.

As haunting pieces of that night
May 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

The Dare was an okay read, but it got dragged out more than it needed too.

I felt really sorry for Brynna...everything she went through must have been awful.

I liked Evan to start with, but he started to really annoy me when he was trying to find out what had happened to Brynna. I get that he cared for her, and wanted to know what was troubling her so badly, but he was so pushy! He did get better after that, but his pushiness d
Devon Ashley

One night, a group of friends playing games on the beach led to a dare, one with deadly consequences. Besties Erika and Bryn jumped off the pier and into the chilly ocean, but only Bryn made her way back out again. After drowning her grief with drugs and alcohol and forced by the court to go through a mandatory stay at rehab, her parents move her an hour away to start over at a new school. High school was hard enough just being the new girl, especially when you suffer from a heavy case of survi
Hannah R.
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's really good, I like the suspense in the book but at times it was confusing because they would flashback but overall its a really good book. I definitely recommend it if you like suspense.
Kaleigh Orsucci
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was ok

When a simple game of truth or dare leads to the death of a teenage girl, a whole town is flooded with confusion and sorrow. The Dare by Hannah Jayne follows the life of Brynna, the dead girl’s best friend, the girl who created the fatal dare.

Their whole lives, Brynna and Erica were inseparable, destined to be best friends for life. Then, at a summer beach party with all of their friends, a game of truth or dare fueled by alcohol caused everything to change. It was simple; Brynna dared Erica t
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Abby Wheaton
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Personal Response: When I picked up this book and started reading, I found myself not wanting to stop reading. There were so many great cliffhangers throughout the book that made me want to keep reading. I love the constant mysterious events that took place throughout the book. Overall, I thought this book was very great and my favorite part was the ending.

Plot: Brynna was a great student, swimmer, and loved her best friend Emma. When Brynna found herself getting caught up in drugs and drinking
I found this to be a pretty unpredictable book. A few times I got a little angry because of the way that this story was written. At one moment, you’d have the story going on, and then you’d have flashbacks to Brynna’s life of before. However, there are unexpected events that happen in the story, and I am truly grateful for those events.

There is a serious case of Survivor’s Guilt, and an extreme case of Paranoia in The Dare. The stuff that Brynna goes through throughout The Dare is insane though,
Jun 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Basically, The Dare is about two best friends: Erica and Bryn. They did absolutely everything together just like all normal best friends do. Except one night, they were partying and drinking and Erica got dared to jump into the water. Being the best friend that she is, Bryn decides to do it too. So they jump into the water, but Erica is nowhere to be seen afterwards. Only Bryn comes back up to the surface and is still alive. Nobody knows where Erica is, because her body couldn't be found anywher ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to SOURCEBOOKS Fire and NetGalley.)
17-year-old Brynna is starting at a new school in a new town, after her best friend Erica drowned during a dare.
Someone is stalking Brynna though, and she’s scared that it may be Erica.
What is going on? Is Erica really gone? And who is out to get Brynna and why?

This was an okay story, but I wanted answers a lot faster than we got them.

Brynna was an okay character. I could
Gerry Bartlett
Nov 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, mystery
I liked the other Hannah Jayne books I've read so picked this one up, anticipating a good mystery. I was disappointed and almost gave it 3 stars instead of 4. Brynna dared her friend to jump into the ocean when they were both drinking and drugging. What? Yes, that's our heroine. She wasn't a nice girl to begin with and ended up in rehab after her friend drowned. Now she's in a new school, but being haunted by her dead buddy. Could Erica still be alive? They never found her body. Frankly I got a ...more
E. C. McRoy
Feb 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Also posted on my YA Book Blog.

3.4 stars.

So The Dare was one of those books that I wanted to like more than I actually did. It wasn't that the book was bad or poorly written or I didn't like the premise. I thought it was well done and I thought that it was a fairly interesting idea of guilt and mistakes and friendship, but I was never really in to it like I normally am.

I think it dragged a little in the middle and sometimes there was too much going on so there wasn't enough character development
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh, man, what a great book! Really enjoyed the mystery and the wonder if she was going crazy, and yeah, can't wait for her next book!
Mar 25, 2019 added it
Name: Olivia

Book title: The Dare

Personal response: When I picked the book The Dare I never thought I would have found it as interesting as I did. The Dare has a lot of cliffhangers and is constantly leaving you hanging. Although it was a good book, Bryn comes off as wimpy and weak. She had all the opportunities to tell her parents or her friends that someone is messing with her.

Plot: One night, a group of kids was out at the beach which led to the game The Dare. Bryn and Erika jumped off a doc
Sep 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, ya

After losing her very best friend in a dramatic drowning accident, nothing is the same.

When such awful things happens, rumors easily occurs because Bryn and her parents move to another place to begin a new life. A way to "move on", but Bryn is still struggling. She has struggled with alcoholism to swallow the pain of the loss of her best friend. She feels it's all her fault since she drowned and disappeared during a challenge. She tries to get her "new" life to work and it seems nice that no one
Adrianna Baehman
Student Name: Adrianna Baehman Date Submitted: 4/26/19
Book Title: The Dare Lexile: 820

Personal Response:
I wish The Dare would have had more action. I did not like how it reached its peak toward the end of the book. They focused too much on the fact that Brynna was ¨hallucinating¨ and was obsessed with Erica.

Plot Summary:
Brynna lost her best friend Erica when she dared her to jump in the ocean. As she struggles to accept the fact that Erica is dead, she moves to a different town. In this town, s
Sep 24, 2020 rated it liked it
In the beginning, The Dare was amazing. Reminiscent of Ruthless or There's Someone Inside Your House. A nice, twisty psychological thriller where you aren't sure who is responsible or if the main character is going to make it out alive or not. But the end reveal wasn't nearly as shocking or upsetting as the main part of the story had built it up to be. It was still a good ending, but it was almost a little bit too predictable. A little bit predictable, but a little bit too farfetched.

Kaitlyn M.
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent and suspenseful book!! I absolutely loved it! The pain, horror, and torture (of not knowing) that the main character went through had me at the edge of my seat throughout the whole book. It was a non stop reader for me.

Mar 06, 2019 added it
Name: Bryna Boettcher

Book title: The Dare

Personal Response
The Dare is a thrilling mystery book. Bryn and Erica went to Harding Beach one night for a party. Bryn was the only one that came back from that party. Erica was right next to Bryn, but when she came back up, Erica wasn’t anywhere to be found. Her friends searched and searched. Nothing came up.

Plot summary
As Bryn grieves her friend, she is transferred to a new school. Since everyone at her previous school thinks that she murdered her best
**I received this book from NetGalley/Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Young Adult, Mystery
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

"Promise me that you'll never leave me alone."

The Dare is the story about Seventeen-year old Brynna Chase. Eighteen months ago, she lost her best friend, Erica Shaw, to a silly dare that went horribly wrong and she hasn't found a way to forgive herself, or move on. Bryn put herself t
Raymond Xu
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
The reason I read this book was because the cover of this book looks scary and I like scary books. The main character of this book is Brynna who gets nightmares of her best friend, Erica. Erica died because of her friend's stupid dares and Brynna is constantly getting nightmares about it. Someone may even be stalking or haunting her.
Brynna is a high school girl who is really good at swimming, but also smokes, takes drugs, and drinks. She does this to prevent all the nightmares she ke
I was really excited for the tension and mystery that the premise implied, but it never happened. I felt like it was a cheesy rip off of I Know What You Did Last Summer.

I didn't like Brynna. She was whiny and scared all the time [which is understandable to a point], I struggled with the fact that she didn't seem to make any attempt to get/feel better. She lies to everyone about everything and it got old pretty quickly. The cast of new friends were interesting enough, but they were a clichéd set
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was exactly what I needed to break out of my reading rut. It was a good, suspenseful mystery. It reminded me of the old RL Stine books that I used to read. I read it very quickly and I needed to know if Bryn was imagining something or if someone was torturing her. Everything makes sense when you get to the end.

I felt like most of the focus was on Bryn’s experiences, not who she was as a character. Normally, this would drive me crazy, but it worked really well for this book. The mystery
Megan  (thebookishtwins)
I received this copy free from the publishers via NetGalley

DNF 32%

The Dare is about Brynna after she dared her best friend Erica to jump of the pier, but she died. Bryn has to deal with the guilt of that night and she spiralled out of control. Bryn thought she had moved past it but someone doesn't want her to forget.

I really do not like reviewing books that I have not finished. I feel like I can't give a good judgement on the book. I was just so bored with this. The first chapter was OK, but I r
Erica Alyson
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read Truly, Madly, Deadly and See Jane Run by this author and loved them so I knew I had to read this book! I enjoyed it just as much as her other books. It hooked me from the beginning til the very last pages.

Brynna and Erica are best friend. Brynna is jealous of Erica but she never knew a dear could lead to death. When Erica dies Brynna blames herself and faces survivors guilt. She starts at a new school where no one knows what happens. But then she starts getting messages from Erica and sh
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Erica and Bryanna are best friends, they did everything together together; including jumping from a pier one night into the inky ocean water. Sadly only Bryanna made it back to shore. Erica's body pretensions were never found over that period of time.

A year later, Bryanna & her family have relocated to a new town for a fresh start. However, Bryanna begins to receives a strange voice nail and messages from Erica's Twitter. Bryanna begins to become unnerved as the strange things continue to happe
Melissa Carpenter
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
This had the potential to be so much more.

I was riveted at the very beginning with the flashback/nightmare of the night of the accident. It was well-written - panic inducing and terror-filling. It was that initial scene that propelled me forward and kept me reading through what ended up being an ok story with shifty (not sure if it was on purpose or not) characters and a grand exercise in telling, not showing. All in all, the story was decent but predictable and forgettable. I had high hopes ba
Jul 26, 2015 added it
Shelves: read-2015
*3.5 stars*

The Dare was much better than Truly, Madly, Deadly, in my opinion. This book is well paced with a better plot twist than the one in Truly, Madly, Deadly as well. The story overall was very intriguing and entertaining hence my reading it in one day.;) My only complaints of this novel is that the ending was rather abrupt and I didn't like the writing that much, but other than that I thought this book wasn't anything special but worth picking up if you're in the mood for it.;)
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“Maybe I wanted to kill her. Maybe I needed her to die. Brynna pressed her fingers to her forehead as if she could pull out the errant thoughts. They ached behind her eyes. “I didn’t mean to,” she mumbled out loud. “Erica, I swear, I didn’t mean to.” For fourteen months, Brynna prayed that Erica knew that. But here, in her new house and new life in Crescent City, she found herself wondering if someone else had heard.” 0 likes
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