Wednesday, June 12, 2013

DARE YOU TO by Katie McGarry - REVIEW

By Katie McGarry
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Publish date: May 28, 2013
Source: Netgalley for honest review

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....

Ok, I loved this book! I know that’s a pretty simple statement, but it’s completely true. Katie McGarry is an excellent writer and she always captivates me. When I found out she was going to write Beth’s story, I was really intrigued. Beth’s attitude in Pushing The Limits, and her relationship to the other characters in that book had me wondering where her story would take her, especially with a character named Ryan in the synopsis. I mean, my first thought was, “What about Isaiah!!”

She’s one tough girl with a whole lot of attitude, and Dare You To put her in a lot of new situations. But Beth’s past has a tight grip, and I watched her struggle with what she felt like was her duty and her chance to start over. Just like in  Pushing The Limits there’s some heavy topics and situations in this book, but the author does a great job handling them and making them appropriate for the YA crowd and appealing for adults as well.

I enjoyed finding out more about Beth and where she came from, but mostly I loved watching her find herself and facing the hardships that presented themselves. She’s a strong girl, with a strong story to tell, and you won’t be let down.

You do not have to read Pushing The Limits to understand Beth’s story, but there are a few things that could be confusing if you don’t. Also, it’s just a plain awesome story just like DARE YOU TO so I recommend reading it first if you haven’t already.


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