Mon, June 24, 2013

Dare You To by Katie McGarry Review

Dare You To book cover

Dare You To book cover

Dare You To
By Katie McGarry
Publication date: May 28, 2013
Harlequin Teen, 462 pages
Source: Publisher

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!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. DannyBookworm said:

    Ohhh I was so scared when I heard this book was about Beth -I totally didn’t like her and was afraid I wouldn’t love this book as much ad PTL. So when it turned out so freaking amazing I was so reliefed!

    And yeah for Ryan – I love this white knight – boy 🙂

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  2. Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor said:

    I hated Beth in the first book too, but I loved Dare You To. And now I hated Isiah in DYT too. Do you think Katie McGarry makes us hate the next character intentionally?

    I really enjoyed reading your review 🙂

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  3. Ashley @ Backstage Book Lover said:

    I wasn’t a huge fan of Ryan; although he grew on me once he realized how poor his attitude was about certain things. However, I agree that having time between Pushing the Limits and Dare You To worked to its advantage. I didn’t feel like killing Beth nearly as much as I did when reading the first one. Overall I found DYT to be pretty unputodownable.

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  4. Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages said:

    I really enjoyed both books, but I really loved Dare You Too. Oddly I found it lighter than Pushing the Limits, which it totally isn’t.

    I wasn’t a fan of Isiah in this one, but after seeing the cover of Crash Into You I’m excited to see how the story plays outs.

    Great review!

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  5. Anna said:

    These books look good. I haven’t read the first one, but from reading the description, they almost remind me of Simone Elkeles books (with a twist), and I love those books. I will have to put the first one on hold from the library!

    Thanks for the great review.

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  6. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    There was a constant eye roll while reading the first book, so unfortunately I won’t be picking up book two. I try & give authors a second chance, but I just couldn’t do it — especially now after your reading your review, I know I made the right choice for myself.

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  7. Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader said:

    There’s something inherently readable about McGarry’s writing. While I wasn’t as head-over-heels in love with Pushing The Limits as many people were (The cloying pet names and melodramatic plot were often a little much for me) I’m still looking forward to Dare To You because I was quite interested in Beth’s character in the first book of the series. Now, that said, after reading your review, I’m a little apprehensive as it sounds like the same problems I had with the first novel are ever present in the second as well 🙁

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  8. Tara said:

    Yay for good guys! I liked the first book so may have to give this one a shot…

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  9. Jamie said:

    Been wondering about this one..I had very similar feelings as you about PTL but I’m just so curious!

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  10. Bookworm1858 said:

    I’m definitely a reader who prefers comedy to drama so the fact that this one seemed a little less dramatic than PTL was a good thing for me. I adored the snippet of Isaiah’s story and am dying to read his story now.

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  11. Alexa Y. said:

    Ryan is basically the reason I loved this book. Kidding. Sort of. I loved the story of this one, in spite of some really cheesy moments. Then again, I live for cheese!

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  12. April Books & Wine said:

    Ryan Stone, SWOOOOOOON.

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  13. Paige Turner said:

    The same thing happened with me, I had a vague memory of disliking Beth but I could not remember why or really, anything about her so I ended up enjoying it 🙂

    On a side note and I know this is self promotion but nonetheless, I recently started a book blog so please check it out 🙂 It should be linked somewhere here.

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