Review: It Started with a Dare by Lindsay Faith Rech

Self-proclaimed nobody CG Silverman sees her move to an upscale new school as her chance to be somebody different. Her devil-may-care attitude attracts the in-clique, and before CG realizes it, a routine game of truth or dare launches her to iconic status.

While this rebel image helps secure CG’s newfound popularity, it also propels her through a maze of unprecedented chaos, with each new lie and every dare opening doors that, in most cases, were better off left shut.

CG is on a collision course with disaster. Will she be able to keep up the façade? Or will the whole world find out she’s a fraud?

Oh, boy. This book is about a girl who moves to a new town and immediately starts making bad choices. One bad choice leads to another, which leads to another, and before she knows it, she’s in deep. The first, and most innocent, is to go by the initials CG rather than the slightly old-fashioned Cindy as she was known in her old town.

CG wants to fit in with the wealthier and popular students in her new town so she pretends to be more experienced – in every way – than she really is. Cindy wears a friendship bracelet given to her by her best (male) friend Alex; CG claims to have been sleeping with Alex. And so on. By the middle of the book, CG has everyone believing that she’s a recovering alcoholic at fifteen. I half-expected that Alona, the queen bee, knew what was going on and was just going along to see how far CG would go.

CG’s antics lead her to getting involved with not one but two older men, both unavailable in different ways. She’s really not a very sympathetic or even likable character. Look, I know she just wants to be accepted in her new school, but everything that goes wrong in her life stems from one thing: her constant string of lies. It was all her fault. I didn’t feel sorry for CG at all. I felt sorry for the people she hurt. I really only kept reading to see what new situations CG would find herself in and to enjoy it when everything came crashing down around her.

Cute cover though.