Review: Truth or Dare by Ella Monroe

May 2, 2013 2 - 2.5 Stars, Ella Monroe, Melodrama, Rich Kids 4 ★★

Truth or Dare by Ella Monroe
Series: Capital Girls # 3
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on April 23, 2013
Genres: Mystery/Thriller
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Jackie, Lettie, and Laura Beth barely survived the holidays . . . literally.  Jackie's on lockdown while the hunt is on for her stalker, who somehow got into the White House and left her an ominous note. Laura Beth and Sol are finally back together after a scandal almost tore them apart, and Lettie, who’s forced to live with Whitney and her gossip-mongering mom, has let down her guard enough to fall in love with Daniel.  For the Capital Girls life is always complicated, especially when they're under 24-hour media scrutiny. But that won’t stop the three friends from making their senior year the most amazing ever—even as the mystery deepens over Taylor Cane's death and First Son Andrew Price’s role in it.
One of the things I (and most people) love about books is the ability to escape into a world one would never experience otherwise.  In the case of Truth or Dare, that world is the upper echelon of the DC political elite.  What I expected was high-stakes political bargaining, conspiracies, and power plays.  What I got was not much different than the afternoon soap opera.  There were lots of Big Issues: date rape, drugs, eating disorders, classism, infidelity, stalking, and a stabbing.  And that’s just the kids!  Their power-hungry DC parents are just as bad.  But the pièce de résistance is none other than…a secret baby.  Didn’t I tell you it’s like a soap opera?  With so much piled on, each individual tragedy or shock loses its impact, and I ended up yawning my way through this book.

The characters are split into two distinct groups: the good guys and the bad guys.  It’s hard to get too emotionally invested in characters who lack distinction and who are, ultimately, forgettable.

Truth or Dare features a BIG LESSON, and in case it’s missed, it is spelled out for us: “A real relationship was built on so much more than sex.  At the core was genuine friendship.  And that meant trusting and talking and having patience and forgiveness.”  OK, I can get on board with this.  I just wish I didn’t have to read such petty melodrama to get there.

Note – I received an ARC of this book from the publisher for review.


4 Responses to “Review: Truth or Dare by Ella Monroe”

  1. Kay

    Thanks for your honest review. I think I will skip this one. You are right about the synopsis, it gives so much promise of getting a look at the inside of all these important people, but then it sounds like it felt short. It is hard to really enjoy a book when the characters aren’t memorable.

  2. rivie bleu

    If I wanted a soap opera, I’d watch tv. Aw, that’s too bad that it wasn’t good. I don’t remember seeing it much on other blogs before it got published.

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