Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2)
by Katie McGarry
Source: ARC Review Copy
Format: Hardcover, 462 pages
Expected publication: May 28th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
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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....
Oh. My. Gosh! Katie McGarry you are officially one of my favorite Contemporary authors! Actually no, scratch that. You are one of my favorite authors.
As soon as I found out that Harlequin Teen had review copies available on jumped ship and decided I would plead, grovel and beg for a copy. Yeah I wanted to read it that bad. I fangirled so hard when I found out I'd been approved on Netgalley that my little pup ran away from me! :D
Beth as you read in Pushing the Limits, is Noah's friend. The rocker chick with a HUGE chip on her shoulder. Well you don't know the whole story. Dare You To shares all of Beth's secrets. Huge issues with her mum, drug abuse to drown that out and to top it off she's now being taken to live with an uncle that up this point was practically ignoring her. Now mix in an aunt who absolutely doesn't want her near and a cute boy who is just...just...daing I can't think of good to describe him! The thing about Beth is that she's completely relateable. At least to me, I may not have gone through the exact situation but I know how she feels. There were a few times when she almost cracked and went 2 steps back and half of one forward but sometimes we have to help ourselves before we can help anyone else. She learned though. That's what I love about McGarry's characters, they grow! They learn from their crappy and miserable lives and (in the words of my ex) keep on truckin'! It's okay to ask for a little help. It doesn't mean your weak. Sometimes we need that reminder too. What she did need was the courage and that dare to move forward.
I really can't say a single bad thing about McGarry's writing. It's beautifully written but not in that "hah I'm an author and I'm going to try to go all fancy on you" It's written from teenagers perspectives and so you can practically hear the way they say things. I could see it all perfectly. Definitely two thumbs up(if I had more thumbs they'd go up as well!).
You can read Dare You To on it's own without being crazy confused but why would you want to miss out on Pushing the Limits? One way or another, you HAVE to read this one! HAVE TO! No excuses!
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