Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Posted on Sunday, June 9, 2013 5:28 PM

Series: Pushing the Limits #2

Format: E-ARC from Netgalley

Pages: 480

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Publication Date: May 28, 2013

Goodreads Link: HERE

Buy this book: Amazon

From Goodreads:

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....

My Thoughts:

After reading and falling in love with Pushing the Limits last year (you can find my review of Pushing the Limits HERE) I could not wait to get my hands on Beth's story and I'm happy to say that Dare You To did not disappoint, it's just as emotional and heart-wrenching as PTL.

Beth is the kind of girl that your parents warned you to stay away from, she drinks, she smokes and she curses like a sailor.  But behind that tough exterior is a girl that has been hurt so much that she is broken, she uses the tough girl attitude as a shield to keep people from getting too close to her so that they can't hurt her. 

On the surface Ryan Stone's life seems perfect; he has the perfect family, he's the best pitcher his high school baseball team has and he's on the fast track to play in the pros, but his life isn't as perfect as everyone thinks it is..

I really so sorry for Beth, she has been through so much in her short seventeen years, things that no one should have to go through, let alone a child.  After reading Dare You To and finding out about everything that she has went through, I can completely understand why she is so guarded and so untrusting. 

I love the relationship between Beth and Ryan, it played out so realistically and I'm so glad it wasn't the instant love that we often find in books. With someone who has been hurt as much as Beth has in the past, it takes time to earn their trust and had this book not incorporated that aspect it wouldn't have been believable.

Dare You To was an amazing read, McGarry knows how to draw you in from the very first page and leave you wanting more.  I'm excited to see what she has in store for Isaiah in Crash Into You.

*I was provided a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review, this in no way affects my review, all opinions are my own*

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  1. I really adored this but not as much as Pushing the Limits.

    I agree with you about their relationship though. It was realistic. :)

    Great review!

  2. I have read some really great reviews of this book. I have not read the first on but I think when two books have so many great reviews I think I will have too!

    Thanks for the reviews!


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