Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Posted May 23, 2013 | 21 Comments

Dare You To by Katie McGarryDare You To
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #2
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: May 28, 2013
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I have a soft spot/weakness/whatever you want to call it for stories that pair the rebellious bad girl with the strong and sturdy good guy. Add the fact that Katie McGarry wrote the story is a total win. So yes, I absolutely love Dare You To. Dare I say that I loved it more than Pushing the Limits? Yes I do! Only by a tiny bit, though.

Pushing the Limits was a very emotional read for me with plenty of tears. I didn’t quite get the emotional roller coaster with Dare You To, but I identified so much more to the setting and characters that it felt more personal. So that’s why it’s a slight notch above Pushing the Limits. I know both Beth and Ryan’s worlds. The mix of city and country is what I grew up with. Seriously, I partied both ways Beth and Ryan did and with the same kind of people, so I loved the whole feel of the two worlds colliding. And boy, did they collide.

When we met Beth in Pushing the Limits it was obvious she’d had an effed up life, but we see just how deeply messed up it truly is in Dare You To. Her mom is an alcoholic and Beth has a lot of characteristics of an addicts child. She feels guilt, anxiety, like she has to take care of her mom, on and on. Beth is put in a position no child should ever be put in, and given responsibilities no child should be responsible for. When things get out of hand one night, she’s forced to go back to a town she left behind when she was little, and face secrets she’d rather stay hidden.

Beth has major trust issues, she’s angry and stubborn, but she is fiercely loyal to the very few people she cares about. I love the girl and her skater-punk attitude! She can be completely wicked, will cut someone with her sharp tongue, and she’s tough as nails. Yet, there is something so fragile about her that makes me want to hug her. Beth isn’t good with emotions and always runs from them, but Ryan may be the oneย  to change that.

Ryan is a great guy. He’s a star baseball player, has great friends, and has the perfect family, but one of those statements is false. His family is far from perfect. He has to come to terms with a few things and decide who exactly he’s living his life for. His calmness and persistence was perfect for Beth and what she needed in her life. And one thing is for certain, he doesn’t lose – at anything, especially a dare. His level of competitiveness was one of my favorite things about him. However, there is one thing that he did to his dad that really rubbed me the wrong way, because it was just … wrong. Besides that, I liked the guy a lot.

There were some great secondary characters too. Of course I liked seeing Noah and Echo, even though it was small glimpses. And Isaiah, I’m so glad McGarry took the relationship between him and Beth the way she did for a number of reasons. I still love Isaiah, and think they have a beautiful relationship, but it needed to play out the way it did for Beth’s sake. One of my favorite characters, though, was Lacy. I loved her confident, tomboyish personality and the way she was there for Beth.

Like I said, I loved Dare You To. It’s full of great characters, laughs, angst, and growth – McGarry definitely knows what she’s doing. I’ve bought more copies of Pushing the Limits for people than any other book, and Dare You To won’t be any different. I can’t wait for Crash Into You, the third book in the series.



This song kept popping into my head while reading Dare You To.



Pushing the Limits
by Katie McGarry
Published: July 31, 2012
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21 responses to “Dare You To by Katie McGarry

  1. YAY, so glad you loved this, and I can understand why you loved it more than PTL since the setting and experiences hit closer to home. I think I may have liked PTL more, but only slightly. They’re both fantastic! And yes, totally with you on the Lacy love. I was just so happy Beth was finally getting some semblance of a normal life with friends. I love how Katie handled Isaiah and Beth’s relationship, but I feel SO bad for him. Can’t wait for book 3! Lovely review!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Christy

      Yeah, I totally loved PtL, but I guess I just loved them in different ways. Beth definitely needed the stability her life was lacking. I’m so looking forward to Isaiah’s story, and hope he will reconcile his friendship with Beth.

    • Christy

      I loved them both but is different ways, I guess. PtL was definitely more emotional.. I know, I can’t wait for Isiah’s story and hopefully he’ll reconcile his friendship with Beth.

  2. I think I liked this one “differently” than Pushing the Limits. I almost want to say I loved this one more but I remember being blown completely away by Noah and Echo. I’m going to admit it, too… I totally didn’t read your post b/c I’m literally writing my review in 2 minutes but I wanted to comment anyways. Is that totally wrong or what?!?! If it is, I don’t want to ever be “right”… IN DA HEAD!!!! bwahahahah, I crack myself up!!!

    Just finished A Cursed Embrace and it’s centered around Tahoe and they went out visiting Death Valley NP… I thought of you immediately. Have a great day!!! ๐Ÿ˜›

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    • Christy

      Yeah, same here. Loved them both but in a different way. Haha – I know, I don’t like reading reviews for books when I’m going to write my review soon.

      Ahh I have ACE coming up soon and I can’t wait.

  3. I still have to read Pushing the Limits, but I’ve seen such great reviews of this one! I’m glad that the secondary characters were great because I love those and that this one is funny ๐Ÿ™‚ Great review, I can’t wait to read it even more!

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