Dare You To by Katie McGarry | Book ReviewDare You To by Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #2
Published by Harlequin Teen on May 28th 2013
Pages: 456
Format: Ebook

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....

What I thought NEW“Game on, Skater Girl. Game On.”

After reading the first book, and obviously loving it, you can’t really get around reading Beth’s story. We didn’t really get to know Beth in Pushing The Limits, what we do know is that her mothers boyfriend beats her. Pushing The Limits had me crying… a lot.

The book starts with this scene… and the first thought I have was: wait! Where did Isaiah go? Somehow I’d been completely convinced that this story would be about Beth and Isaiah. I honestly thought they were perfect together, and even though I still think they would have been a good fit, I have to admit that Ryan and Beth were perfect for each other.

Ryan and Beth couldn’t be more different from each other. Where Ryan has lots of opportunities and dreams, Beth doesn’t have the luxury to dream. She’s weighted down by her past and her present, which has made her bitter and closed off. Ryan is career-driven, his family seemingly perfect, though in reality everything but.

Before you start reading the plot is transparent enough that you can predict the outcome. But really, that’s just not what’s important in this book. The journey that they both go through is. They challenge each other. Ryan pushes Beth to become the girl that he knows is hidden between all the layers of hurt. At some point in the story, I can’t even pinpoint exactly when, she slowly starts transitioning from the Beth we knew in Pushing The Limits and the girl we meet in the beginning of the book, to the girl that we depart with at the ending. The same goes for Ryan, though he doesn’t change as drastically as Beth, at the end of the book we depart with a guy that is no longer a pushover, he does no longer let his parents direct his life but makes his own decisions.

I liked both characters very much. It took a little while to warm up to Beth, mostly because she is very bitter, but you understand how she became that way. The same went for Ryan, though I have a very weak spot for Jocks with depth, the bet that he made with his friends revolving Beth was hurtful and kind of disgusting. Trust is something that doesn’t come easy to her because of all that she’s been through and the process of how she slowly starts trusting Ryan is beautiful.

When I think back to reading this book, there was one scene that stayed with me.  I remember it so vividly and it stayed with me.

“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.”

Her 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.”  

This truly is another beautiful contemporary read that involved lots of tears. Just like the first book in this series it tackles quite some serious issues. Another great book by Katie Mcgarry. Next up: Crash Into You!