I received this book for free from 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 28th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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 don’t know what it is exactly about books that have bad-boy meets good-girl (er.. switch that for this book) abunchofshithappenesinbewteen then end up with a HEA (or close to)– but I am a sucker for em. And since I loved Pushing the Limits, as majority of the readers did, OF COURSE I was going to read this. Containing my excitement when I got the ARC was difficult.
This is Beth’s story. Oh, you remember her, don’t you? Honestly, I couldn’t stand the witch in Pushing the Limits. I wasn’t too thrilled when I found out this was her story. I feel bad about that now. I do. I hate to judge a character before knowing their story- which is what I did. While I didn’t LOVE this like I did it’s predecessor, I did enjoy it..
Both Beth and Ryan are such REAL characters. Everything McGarry did to bring Noah and Echo to life, we see here too. The good and the bad are written about so well, it really makes these characters real. You don’t SEE them struggle, you FEEL them struggle. I love how McGarry is able to put her readers in the story and make you experience it all.
Beth is HARD.CORE. She is this tough as nails chick, who doesn’t -and shouldn’t take shit from anyone, and I loved that about her. We knew from the small glimpses in Pushing the Limits that her life wasn’t easy. We just didn’t know HOW rough it really was. And it’s rough. With taking care of her alcoholic mother and dealing with her mother’s psychotic boyfriend. Her life is turned upside down, again, when she is
blackmailed sent to live with her Uncle. Now, as much as her story tugged at my heart, I was incredibly frustrated with her. Her animosity towards Echo kind of set me of fire.. Pot, meet kettle. She has no room to judge. She grew tremendously though. To me, she is one of those that must hit rock bottom before she is able to build herself back up. And that’s what happened. She still have her insecurities though, which makes her more real and more “human.”
Ryan, having issues of is down, is our second POV. Honestly at first I was hoping someone would kick him in his baseballs. I didn’t like his flippant attitude and his arrogance. The way he treated Beth in the beginning was just awful. But as he deals with his issues and starts to get close to Beth, is when he “changed” for me. He’s (eventually) good to Beth. He’s sweet, charming and all around a good guy. It just took a lot for me to SEE that. I mean, the ribbons? *feels*
For the few things that bothered me about this one; it reminded me too much of She’s All That. Which isn’t necessarily a BAD thing.. just.. *shrug* I wasn’t a fan of Isaiah here either- which is ironic since the next book is his. It’s obvious why he walked away but it screamed selfish to me. I didn’t like how the events played out for Beth wind up at her Uncles. It’s pretty stupid to back a predator in a corner and that’s exactly what he did; then expected her to just change. UNREALISTIC. And I felt left out because there was obviously some tension between the two and trying to figure out what the hell he did was frustrating.
There was one scene in particular that I had tears running down my face I was laughing so hard. The Walmart shopping trip. I mean, awwkwaaard….
Overall~ I really, really liked it! My issues were my own and I see a lot of people loving this! I’m setting my judgement aside for Isaiah’s story!
This book was read toward my goal for the YA Contemporary Challenge hosted by Katie @ Katie’s Book Blog
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