Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #2
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
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....
**an eARC was provided by publisher in exchange of an honest review.**
Last year, Pushing the Limits, the first book in the series, was one of my favorite books, and since then I've been stalking Katie McGarry's website for any news about her upcoming books. When I saw the cover for Dare You To and knew it was about Beth, I wasn't sure I was going to love her. I mean, in Pushing the Limits I wasn't her biggest fan. I felt sorry for her, but I didn't love her. However, once I started Dare You To, all my old feelings against Beth disappeared and I found myself crying for her.
This book isn't rainbows and puppies, it isn't happy story with flying unicorns. It's heart-breaking, it's painful and so frustrating. I was already pulling my hair out with tears in my eyes at the injustice of Beth's life before I was finished with the first chapter. I knew from Pushing the Limits that her home life wasn't perfect, but I never understood her until I started Dare You To. She was suffering from so much, yet she tried to help those who hurt her the most at any cost, wearing a facade of a heartless bitch to protect herself. And there is Ryan. I have to admit that I had a hate-love relationship with him at the beginning because of how hard he was being on Beth, but the longer I read, the more I loved him. He is understanding, he has problems of his own, he is passionate and let's not forget, hot. He made me swoon many times and OMG I JUST LOVE HIM SO MUCH! Seriously, I just wanted to kiss him and hug and okay, I might have wanted to throw something at him once or twice, but I still loved him and I never wanted the book to end.
I finished Dare You To in one day even though I had my math finale in the same week, but I just couldn't stop once I started reading. I always read on my way to school because it takes forty minutes and I rather read than do nothing, so I opened Dare You To and I started reading it in the tram. Even though it takes forty minutes to get to school, that wasn't enough time for me, so I missed my stop because I was so hooked in and didn't pay attention to anything. When I finally noticed, I was half an hour late and I missed my first class. When I finished Dare You To, I didn't know if I should cry or laugh, but I was exhausted from the emotional roller coaster of the book and I seriously can't wait for Isaiah book because my heart broke for him so many times in this book and I cried for him.
So, people, read this book, it's a must-read written by an amazing writing that is fast becoming one of my favorites.