I received this book for free from the publisher 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
on May 28, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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 loooved Pushing the Limits when I read it last year. Looooved. I read it when I was in just the mood for it. Actually, I devoured it. Then I gushed about it to everyone. About how it was very Simone Elkeles-ish and how everyone needed to read it asap. Well, the spell has been broken a bit by Dare You To, because I didn’t love it nearly as much.
As most everyone knows Dare You To is a companion novel about one of the secondary characters in Pushing the Limits. I didn’t like Beth in the first book. I really don’t see how anyone could have. She was mean and completely bitchy, but I gave the author the benefit of the doubt and assumed I would be made to like Beth. That wasn’t the case. I never liked her and I tried hard. She just grated on my nerves and it was hard for me to find any redeeming qualities in her. That is my biggest complaint about the book, though.
I really liked Ryan. I think he was a solid character and he was likeable even if he did have some jock douche tendencies. He was a nice opposite to Beth’s character. I also enjoyed the baseball aspect of the story. It was different. So many YAs have football boys, it was nice for a change.
There was one other thing that I disliked…the book is very dramatic. The characters all have their set of very real problems, but I sometimes felt it was really over the top. I could have done without some of the drama filled metaphors on every page. That’s a minor complaint, I guess. I did enjoy Dare You To. I didn’t devour it like the first one, but I was engaged the whole time. I feel like I might be the only person that didn’t LOVE IT so please don’t just take my word for it.