Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Dare You To by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits (# 2)
Release Date:  May 28, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 470
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review

“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….


Review: Beth is hostile. That’s the first thing that comes to mind when you read this book. Hostile girl meets literal golden boy and you know that sparks are about to freaking fly all over the universe.

Immediately, as a reader, you are drawn into the drama that is Beth’s life. She’s hotter than all get out and doesn’t give a flying pie about anything in life, except escaping. Don’t expect a typical teen book when you sit down to read this one. It reads more like a mature YA on steroids. Beth’s character isn’t your typical high school girl. Her past isn’t that of a fairytale and her mom is still trying to clean up her drug addictions, leaving Beth the only solid person to help out.

When Ryan asks Beth out, he does it on a dare, after all, he never loses a dare, or does he? Beth wants nothing to do with him, yet he’s always there for her, consistent, a shoulder to cry on. He’s really not the typical hero you see in these angsty teen novels. He’s a guy with a purpose, he has vision, he knows what he wants in life and he’s willing to go after it, and what he wants, is Beth. She’s everything he shouldn’t want, but he can’t help but want to fix her. It doesn’t help that he finds out she already has two protectors, one being an old somewhat flame that still hasn’t gotten over her.

In the end both have to decide if they are willing to trust each other enough to let go and live.

I liked Beth, but it took me a while. I get that she was damaged, but honestly, life is so depressing as it is that when I go to a book I don’t want to cry and I don’t want to hear about bad home lives. I know that sounds terrible and its nothing against the writing style, its just, Beth seemed really hard. Everything about her was difficult. I mean you couldn’t give the girl an ice cream cone without getting it thrown back into your face, and that really bothered me. In the end she totally redeemed herself, the author was able to really peel away the layers of Beth’s character and that honestly saved the book for me.

Ryan. Oh dear. Where do I even start? I’m normally not for the “Good” guy hero, but man, was Ryan impeccably written. He was prince charming, correction, he is prince charming. I LOVED how he didn’t take any of Beth’s crap and in the end was completely relentless in his pursuit of her. Here’s the thing, all women eat that up, not just teenagers, he never gave up on her and that’s what makes a good male lead and in the end a solid romance.

All in all I enjoyed the book, it wasn’t my favorite, but it was good. The writing was superb. My only complaint is the storyline just isn’t my typical cup of tea but I know teens and lovers of mature ya will love it!