Series: Pushing the Limits #2
Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2)
by Katie McGarry
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: ARC received through Around the World ARC Tours in exchange for my honest review. I do not get to keep a copy of the book.
Midnight Minute: Beth is torn from her friends and her mother, and now she has to deal with good guy Ryan, who dares her to risk opening up.
Expected Publication: 05.28.13
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 got Pushing the Limits at BEA last year, and I enjoyed it. My friend Kim said I would love this one even more. And she was right.
~ Part of the reason I loved this book so much was Ryan. He’s a good, decent boy who is dealing with many of his own issues. His relationship with his parents and his brother are very realistic. Usually the love interests in YA books are bad boys with a heart of gold that’s polished to a shine by the girl next door they break all the rules to love. But Ryan is already shiny, and he actually needs Beth to help scruff him up a bit.
~ The book flips from Ryan to Beth’s pov throughout the novel. I love this because you get to really see both sides of the things that go down between Beth and Ryan, and get to know both of them.
~ I thought I’d have a hard time accepting that Beth and Isiah weren’t the end game they appeared to be in Pushing the Limits, but Ryan is just too hard to resist.
~ Beth’s relationship with her mom is heartbreaking. She’s in such denial, and she’s put so much pressure on herself. I want to go all The Crow on Beth’s mom when he’s all like “Mother is the name of God in the lips and hearts of little children” as he’s forcing the junkie mom to clean up her act for the sake of her little girl.
~ It appears that Beth’s mom is also a fan of Carrie Underwood, since she goes all medieval on her douchebag boyfriend’s El Camino. And of course, Beth ends up taking the blame. Which is some major bs, but if it takes her to Ryan I’ll keep my mouth shut.
~ Uncle Scott comes to Beth’s rescue, although she doesn’t quite see it that way, and proceeds to blackmail her into moving in with him and his new wife (a very pearl-clutching type of woman, who unclenches slightly as time goes by). I strongly believe in blackmailing to get what you want. 😉
~ Beth returns with Uncle Scott to the town she was born in, and her old friend Lacy is there, still holding onto the torch of friendship. Beth is all pricklyish and angry to full appreciate Lacy, especially since Lacy dates one of Ryan’s friends.
~ So even though his interest in Beth begins with a dare, I actually really enjoyed the dares the boys challenge each other to. Especially the car moving one. I almost always take Truth, since the one time I took a dare as a kid I had to french kiss a tree… before I even knew what french kissing was, so basically I licked bark.
~ Inside Beth’s mom’s apartment is a room that no one opens. For some reason it completely reminded me of briefcase in Pulp Fiction.
~ I liked Ryan’s story line with his brother. I haven’t seen the issue pop up in this way befor but I thought it was handled realistically and that both brothers were to blame for the rift.
~ I’m sorry, but I am just not buying that Beth’s blonde roots really look great as they grow out (Beth dyes her hair black because she’s a ball on angst inside). But since that’s my biggest issue witht he book, I’ll go ahead and let it go.
~ Ryan takes a dare to take Beth on a date- and we’ve now entered the murky waters of teen rom-coms, but I trusted to McGarry not to go all cliche on us, and she didn’t.
~ It’s kind of sad that the only thing Beth knows of what a good, loving relationship looks like is what she’s witnessed between Echo and Noah. We do get see the two of them in this book too.
~ Ya’ll are going to melt when you get to the rainwater part of the book. Seriously, puddles of swooning girls and women on the floor over it.
~ The lead up to the end was tense and bittersweet and I loved every second of it.
Ryan- actually made baseball sexy to me, nice, hot guy.
Isiah- Beth’s best friend, with the occasional benefits.
Lacy- Beth’s best friend from childhood.
Chris- Ryan’s dare buddy, Lacy’s boydfriend.
Logan- another of Ryan’s friends.
Noah and Echo- still in love and happy.
Mark- Ryan’s older brother.
Gwen- Ryan’s ex, bullied Beth and Lacy when they were kids. Not much has appeared to change with her.
Scott- Beth’s uncle, retired baseball player.
Allison- Scott’s uptight wife.
Trent- Beth’s mom’s evil bastard boyfriend.
Officer Monroe- think Johnny Depp in 21 Jump Street.
Mrs. Rowe- Ryan’s nice, if pushy, English teacher.
I can definitely recommend this, whether you’ve read Pushing the Limits or Not. It’s mostly sweet, but it’s got some heat thrown in!
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