Title: Dare You To
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA, contemporary, romance
Series: Pushing the Limits
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Pages: 304 (hardcover)
How I Got the Book: Received ARC over NetGalley via publisher
For More Information: Goodreads Link
“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….
Dare You To screams A MAY ZING! Once again I fell in love with Katie’s writing. In this book, it went along with Beth, from Pushing the Limits and a baseball player, Ryan. Halfway through the book I was thinking that there should totally be teams for the book, because I was Team Isaiah.
Noah is Beth’s family, and Isaiah is Beth’s only best friend, when she is dragged away from them to a rural area by her uncle Scott, Beth is confronted with a whole new world. Ryan is a baseball gem, before Beth, all it was were BASEBALL BASEBALL BASEBALL. After unexpectedly meeting from a dare, a chemical romance starts.
Hmm… Well doesn’t that abound like your lame old contemporary blah. Katie McGarry provides so much more. Ryan’s family hasn’t been the most perfect family as it seems, his parents don’t get along and his older brother, Matt got kicked out of the house because he was gay (literally). And Beth, she obviously has a hard time with her uncle.
As you may already know, I WAS Team Isaiah. Yet in the end my heart totally goes out to Ryan. The way Beth and Ryan develop is really strange and so adorable at the same time as they are two totally different people. In the end, the romance was one of the best I’ve read.
Now, some people have asked me, do we see Noah and Echo much? Personally, I think Echo and Noah are better and I simply loved the scenes with them in it, though it was extremely rare.
Shame on you Katie! Why do you always make such an emotional ending that makes me get on the brink of big fat tears!
Reviewing books like these is tough as there are so many parts that left me off guarded. So I may have to leave you hanging with the plot. But hey, let me give you a question. Will Beth take her mum and flee from the abusive boyfriend? (Hint: the one from Pushing the Limits where Beth was all bashed and bloody)
I simply love this series and if you haven’t tried it out, you are totally missing out on some of the greatest contemporary novels ever!
*Crash into You information*
Crash into You is the last instalment of Katie’s trilogy. It’ll be sad to see this collection of books leave but I’m ecstatic to read this. In this book, it will be told in the POVs of the awesome Isaiah and a girl named Rachel.
DISCLAIMER: I was given a preview of this book when I received Dare You To, though this information could be subject to change.
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