Title: Dare You To
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #2
Summary: If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk’s home life, they’d send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom’s freedom and her own happiness. That’s how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn’t want her and going to a school that doesn’t understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn’t get her, but does….
Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can’t tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn’t be less interested in him.
But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won’t let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all…
My Thoughts: Dare You To by Katie McGarry is a book I had high expectations for. I absolutely LOVED Pushing the Limits, and was very excited to be getting more from McGarry so soon! I can honestly say that Dare You To did not disappoint. While I didn’t find it quite as good as Pushing the Limits, I still very much enjoyed it. It really wasn’t at all disappointing. I think it is just impossible to surpass the awesomeness that was the first book. This one didn’t keep me up until 4 a.m., but I’m OK with that!
Beth and Ryan are very interesting characters. Beth is clearly very, very emotionally scarred, but I don’t think Ryan’s quite as much of a mess – not even close. While his family pushes to show perfection to the world, the inside is very different. It’s nowhere near as dark as Beth’s world, but it’s enough that he’s able to relate to her in ways she never anticipates.
I found I liked Ryan a lot, lot more than Beth. (Yes, he’s definite book boyfriend material!) He’s not perfect, but then who is? But, I think that he’s overall a pretty decent person. Not that Beth isn’t – she’s just a bit farther away than he is. Her perspective on things was quite messed up in many, many ways. Yes, she has been through a lot, but I’m not so sure her level of hardness isn’t too extreme. Her one bad experience with dating the “perfect” guy at her old school was enough to make her hate all golden-boy jocks? Yes, she’s not had many positive males in her life, but her quickness to jump to such a huge generalization seemed a bit much. Perhaps, though, coupled with the other things she’s faced, that was just the proverbial straw. I don’t know. What I do know is that I preferred Ryan’s perspective on just about everything. Especially toward the end. And, really, despite her issues, after all they go through to get to finally really being together, I cannot believe she’d accept Gwen’s lies without giving him at least a tiny chance to address it all. Well, I guess I have to believe it, but I was so, so frustrated with her.
Anyway … I hope I haven’t said too much. I’m trying hard not to spoil anything.
Overall, if you enjoyed Pushing the Limits, then definitely read this. We see Noah and Echo a little bit, which was a nice touch. Plus, this book is just as well-written and enjoyable as that one was. I cannot wait for Crash Into You, which is Isaiah’s story!
Read It: Dare You To is scheduled for release around May 28, 2013. You can pre-order your own copy HERE. (This is a Book Depository link, and purchase through this link will result in my receiving a small commission at no cost to you. Your support is appreciated!)
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