Title: Dare You To
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #2
Genre: Romance, Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, New Adult, Chic Lit
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: May 28, 2013
Pages: 304 Pages
My Rating: 10 Stars (out of 5)
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....
I remember when I read Pushing the Limits a few days ago, I said to myself, "This book is perfect! No book can ever beat this." But then this book! This book is perfection and more!
To be honest, at first, I seriously couldn't think of a way of how this book might be better than Pushing the Limits. It didn't help that I hated Beth during the first book either. But then I got to meet Ryan and this new version of Beth, and I was hooked.
Beth and Ryan both came from problematic families, and I was able to relate to and connect with not only Beth, but also Ryan all throughout the novel. We may not have the same situations, but the feelings are the same. This book has the ability to connect with readers, making us experience whatever is happening inside the book, so it's all the more powerful.
In this book, Katie McGarry created a new world for me - a
world where I felt I belonged. A world that made me feel I wasn't alone
in carrying my problems. My feelings were on a roller coaster ride the whole time, and I grieved and learned to move on along with the characters. This is the most amazing and therapeutic book that I have ever read!
Katie McGarry, words cant describe how truly amazing and talented you are! I swear, I would never miss a book written by you!
“I hold the bottle out into the rain and watch as the steady flow slowly
fills it. When there is enough, enough that Beth can clearly see, I
close the bottle and hand it to her.
She raises a skeptical eyebrow, but accepts the bottle.
"It's our rain Beth."
head barely shakes to show her confusion while I rub the back of my
neck and search for my courage. "I told you I loved you in this rain and
when you doubt my words, I want you to look at this bottle.”
“I like you. I. Like. You. I'll admit you're annoying. Sometimes you
agitate me to the brink of insanity, but you can throw it back at me
like no one else. When you laugh, I want to laugh. When you smile, I
want to smile. Hell, I want to be the one to make you smile.”
“That must be love: when everything else in the world could implode and
you wouldn't care as long as you had that one person standing beside
Labels: 10 Stars, ARC Review, Chic Lit, Contemporary, New Adult, Romance