I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dare You To by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #2
Published by Harlequin Teen on May 28, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, YA
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...
What I Thought…
- Katie McGarry’s second book, Dare You To does not disappoint! I really loved Pushing the Limits so I was a tad bit nervous to read Dare You To, but I had no reason to be.
- When I found out that Beth was going to be the girl in Dare You To I was very excited. Then I found out that Isaiah was NOT going to be the guy and I was totally confused and saddened by this. After reading Pushing the Limits I felt that they HAD to be together. However after reading the first couple chapters you can clearly see how awful that relationship would have been. Isaiah is so infatuated with Beth that he does whatever she wants – no matter how crazy or stupid it is. He would have been a complete enabler to her and this would not be good folks!
- I liked Ryan. I especially liked that he is a good boy rather than a bad boy. I like bad boys and all, but I also like the good ones and lately I don’t feel like there are enough of those.
- I expected to like Beth and she did not disappoint. Parts of her story were really hard to read though. Between her and her mother Beth is the parent and her mother is the child and these kind of things always drive me crazy. Kids should not have to be the adult! Beth also enables her mother in a lot of ways which I understand why she wanted to, but I could help but wait for someone to finally get Beth to see that enough was enough. Beth’s mother also has the worlds worst boyfriend, but of course to her he’s perfect and everything is all her fault.
- Beth’s uncle, Scott, was awesome (but not perfect). He came in to save Beth but their relationship was pretty rocky given the fact that he should have “saved” Beth long ago. There were a lot of issues that they had to work out and it was great to watch them work through their issues.
- Ryan’s family is one of those perfect on the outside all effed up on the inside families. Ryan’s brother left for reasons that I won’t be mentioning here, but his situation made me all kinds of angry. Ryan is working through the issue on his own, but what made me the most angry was the fact that his parents forced him into the situation. Not cool!
- Ryan’s parents essentially have his whole life planned out for him so there is a lot of “you’re not doing that” coming from them because the other things that Ryan wants to do “aren’t important.” His parents definitely do not support any of their children making their own choices.
- There are so many swoon worthy moments between Ryan and Beth. So many! Beth really needs those kind of moments in her life and Ryan delivers. There is an especially swoon worthy scene involving rain and perfume bottle. Sigh.
- All of Ryan and Beth’s friends were great. Despite the rocky start I also liked Beth’s aunt Allison. Once you find out why things started off rocky it’s pretty easy to like her. I did not like Ryan’s ex-girlfriend. She is the epitome of mean girls.
- My least favorite part of the story were the dares between Ryan and his friends. I realize this was part of bringing Beth and Ryan together, but I just didn’t care for it.
- While there are no unresolved story lines at the end I appreciate the fact that McGarry didn’t slap a bow on everything and make it a happily ever after kind of story. Things aren’t perfect at the end, just better, and that’s the perfect ending for Dare You To.