Book Review: Dare You ToAuthor: Katie McGarry
Published: May 2013
Series: Pushing the Limits #2
Genre: YA Contempoary
The Setting - Taken from Goodreads
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....
My Two Cents
Once again people...please don't judge the hormonal, stressed out person that I am right now. (But I could seriously go for a Snickers or double chocolate ice cream right about now...) So Dare You To is not necessarily a sequel to Pushing the Limits, but more like a companion. We learn a lot more about Beth, a character I seriously loathed in Pushing the Limits, but I understand now why she is such a witch, or something that rhymes with witch. And once again we have more teenage angst, steamy make-out scenes and lots of swearing (I think my mother would not be pleased with my recent reading choices). The romance is sweet between Beth and Ryan but again, I felt like this type of a relationship only happens in fantasy novels (popular jock falls in love with troubled, colorful skater girl). I have a lot of parentheses in this post! Okay...back to the book. While Dare You To was entertaining, it did not reach the level of "swoon" between the two main characters like Pushing the Limits did. 3 out of 5 stars from me. And yes, unfortunately I am sucked in and I must read the 3rd and final installment in this series due out next year (don't judge people)!