I received this book for free from NetGalley, 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
Series: Pushing the Limits
Published by Harlequin Teen on May 28, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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Also in this series: Crossing the Line, Pushing the Limits
Also by this author: Crossing the Line, Pushing the Limits
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....
Katie McGarry did an amazing job of keeping the angst up in Dare You To. I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning reading Pushing the Limits, and the same was true of reading this one. The next day at work was interesting after staying up half the night.
I wasn’t a huge Beth fan in Pushing the Limits, and at the beginning of DYT I still wasn’t team Beth. She made me love her by the end of the book. She doesn’t care what people think of her, and learns how to break down her walls. Beth is a character that you can see a significant change in by the end of the book. It’s such a great thing when a character grows. Ryan is an all around good guy. He likes taking crazy dares from his friends. He is dealing with his own issues at home, but wants to learn about Beth. He’s completely loyal to his friends. Ryan also struggles with determining if the path he has chosen is what he wants, or what his father wants.
Dare You To is fast paced, and full of emotion. There are so many times that your heart breaks for the crappy events these two teens have had to deal with. We also get a look at Beth’s mom, and I wanted to cuss her so bad. It’s infuriating that Beth was put in the position of having to take care of her mother. We also see how the family dynamics work with Ryan, and their approach isn’t much better.
I highly recommend this book to all readers that want an emotional experience, and to watch characters grow into much better versions of themselves.