May 6, 2013

Dare You To by Katie McGarry Review

Dare You To by Katie McGarry
(Pushing the Limits, #2)
Release Date: May 23, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen; 462 pages
Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."

"No." I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....

"I dare you..."

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....

I dare you to read this book. I double dog dare you to read this book. What's that . . . you want to know what you'd get out of this dare? How about this: lots of laughs, lots of romance, tons of tension, lots of cursing and plenty of dares. Seriously. You would be silly to turn down a dare like this.

How many of us finished Pushing the Limits going we need a Beth and Isaiah book? Now, how many of us read the description of Dare You To and went NO FUCKING WAY! Beth is with some jock?! This is just - no; there must be an error somewhere! If you are nodding your head, welcome to the club because that was my reaction. I was kind of scared going in to this book because of how much I already liked the idea of those two together. Throwing Beth with someone else was just not possible. Can I tell you a secret? I loved this book. Not just loved this book but LOVED this book. Here's another secret . . . I love Ryan Stone.

There. The cat is out of the bag. If you're skeptical, you're not alone but trust Katie McGarry. She's basically a goddess and knows what she's doing. Not only does she know but she is perfect at making us agree with her and want to dance around with happiness.

Can you tell that I loved this book? I haven't stopped gushing. But let's get with it. I wasn't sure what to expect with the first book, Pushing the Limits; I don't normally read contemporary and that was one of my first ones that I had. It blew me away. I was disappointed that was the end of Noah and Echo's journey because I'm a sucker for series because I grow attached to characters but when I found out this would be Beth's journey, I was excited. I wasn't sure how I felt about Beth in the first book, honestly - she was a bit hit or miss for me but I did like the idea that these three best friends will each get their own book and we'll still see the other characters throughout. So coming in to this book I had high expectations because of how much I just loved Pushing the Limits. Dare You To did not disappoint, one bit.

Some people might find Beth annoying and at times, I could definitely see why. However, you have to understand where she is coming from, as a character; the amount of shit she's been through in her young 17 years on this earth. It's not a surprise that she doesn't trust anyone and that trusting someone is nearly impossible to ask of her. Trust is something, with anyone, that once it's been broken many times by other people it's rare to ever fully trust someone. It's kind of like that saying goes, fool me once, shame on you but fool me twice, shame on me. Trust goes the same way. Her life is falling a part right before her eyes and she's not sure who to turn to or who can even help her.

We also get to meet people from Beth's past, like her incredibly famous Uncle, Scott Risk. He's some hot shot athlete who played for the New York Yankees - which I will not comment on the choice of teams. He's basically worshiped in the town they live in, which is where they grew up. We also get a look in to her dark and brutal past with both of her parents but also a deeper look in to her relationship with her mom from the time her dad left them to the present day. It's heartbreaking and rough finding out more and more of Beth. Plus, there's Trent - and there really is no need for explanation on him . . .

Ryan, oh Ryan Stone - you baseball playing jock, you! This guy is sexy, there's no other way to describe him. Not only is he athletic but it turns out, he's also really smart and has a knack for writing! But there's more to him! He's a gentleman. Ryan's also obsessed with winning especially when it comes to dares between he and his best friends, Chris and Logan. Beth and his relationship all start off with a simple dare. He's incredible and very much the opposite of Isaiah and I believe that's how it works so well. Isaiah and Beth are too similar to ever be more than best friends and I see that now.

I am salivating for the third book. I cannot wait to read Isaiah's story because he deserves love and happiness and I can't wait to see him finally get that. Read these books, I'm serious. They're real, gritty and downright sexy.

1 comment:

  1. Great review. I wanted to read this book, but now I have to get my hands
    on it sooner. So glad you liked it, and I know my teens will -- if it's
    anything like Pushing the Limits!

    Maycee Greene (Ad Wizards)


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