Title: Dare You To
Author: Katie McGarry
Genre: Young Adult
Beth’s the bad girl that no-one wanted, not even parents.
Ryan’s the high school hero that everyone wants a piece of – even if no-one knows the real him.
Their paths should never have crossed – now they’re each other’s only life line.
If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk’s mum they’d send her mother to jail. So seventeen year old Beth protects her mum at all costs. Until the day she can’t. Suddenly sent to live with her uncle in a small town Beth’s now stuck with an aunt who doesn’t want her, and at a school that doesn’t get her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn’t go anywhere near a girl like Beth. . . .
Ryan Stone is gorgeous, a popular jock and the town golden boy—with secrets he can’t tell anyone. Even his friends. As Ryan and Beth dare to let each other in, they’re treading on dangerous ground – and the consequences could change their worlds forever.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.
In my review for Pushing the Limits, I wrote: “I’m gonna keep reading the series, but I’m afraid other books won’t be as good as this one”. I was so wrong. I liked this book even more than the first one. The premise is similar. Beth’s life is incredibly screwed up, Ryan’s life seems perfect, but is far from that. They meet – and they help each other.
I know a lot of people have a problem with Beth, but I really understood why she did the things she did. After everything she went through, it wouldn’t make sense if she was all nice and sweet. Ryan’s parents expect a lot from him and he’s used to that. I like how he slowly figures out what he wants and starts standing up to them.
Their relationship doesn’t start well – Ryan asks her out because of a dare. They have a lot of problems, but eventually they start dating for real. Usually in stories like this one the guy is experienced and the girl is a virgin, but in this book it’s the opposite. Ryan’s unsure and awkward – the shopping trip with Chris was a lot of fun to read about. I thought the whole thing was handled very well, but I wish the phrase “giving my virginity” wasn’t used – I hate it.
Isaiah is also in the book. Some of my favorite scenes are with him and Beth. I felt so sorry for the guy, but then I remembered that the next book is about him, so he’ll get his happy ending too.
This book made me so emotional when I was reading it. I had to stop quite a few times and try to calm down. I can’t wait to read the next book.