Dare You To
By Katie McGarry
Publication date: May 28, 2013
Harlequin Teen, 462 pages
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…
— Goodreads.com description
Dare You To is the companion to McGarry’s earlier novel Pushing the Limits. Back in 2012, I wrote that I was “very caught up in the storyline and [was] not once in danger of putting the book down” with the first book, but that the terms of endearment went a little overboard.
Well, ditto — sort of — when it comes to Dare You To. Once again, I loved McGarry’s storyline about two messed up kids coming together. It was filled with plenty of romance, drama and entertainment value.
But, like with the terms of endearment in Pushing the Limits, parts were a little too dramatic for my taste. I tend to lean that way, though, in my reading…a LOT of readers who are on the pro-drama side of the spectrum are going to eat this one up because of the drama.
One thing that I think that really worked in my favor was that it had been a long time since I read Pushing the Limits. I vaguely remembered disliking Beth and being upset when I heard the second book was going to feature her. But I’d forgotten many of the bad feelings over time and she grew on me as the book went on. Now let’s hope the same thing happens when it’s time for book three, which is all about Isaiah, whom I REALLY disliked this time around.
Bonus factor: A good boy. Three cheers for all-American Mr. Honorable, Ryan Stone. Loved him!