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Overview 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 lifefor the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all...
Reviews Well, Katie McGarry just wowed me again! Dare to You was just as AMAZING if not more that Pushing the Limits!! I was full of intense emotions, and on the edge of my seat the entire read, completely immersed in Beth and Ryan’s story!!
I knew Beth’s story would be something else, because she was such a hard and troubled character in Pushing the Limits, and now we finally see why. Beth is living with her aunt after having the crap beat out of her by her mother’s boyfriend, Trent (what a gem!). Her mother is a loser and that’s putting it mildly, but Beth still feels obligated to make sure she’s okay. When an altercation ends in Beth taking the fall for her mother with the law, Beth ends up in her Uncle Scott’s custody. Beth hasn’t seen Scott in years since he left Beth and she does not welcome his return. She has nothing but resentment and anger at him for abandoning her to the hell her life has become.
Ryan’s life is perfect. At least, that’s what it looks like from the outside. He’s the all-American boy with everything going for him: good looks, promising future in baseball, and a well respected family. What they don’t know is Ryan’s family is falling apart behind the scenes. His parents look like the model couple outside but can barely stand each other behind closed doors. His older brother Mark has been ousted from the family, and Ryan resents and mourns his absence. Ryan had his own struggles, trying to figure out his future. For so long he goes along with his parent’s expectations and desires, but is this what will make him happy?
When a dare brings Beth and Ryan together their worlds collide. They are from very different backgrounds but there’s a spark of attraction between them. At first you can’t tell if they want to kiss or kill each other! But shared troubles bring them together and they start to form a bond. Romance lovers will not be disappointed, because there is plenty of swoon is this novel!!
“We should talk,” I say in a rush before the thought drifts away, but my hand draws another lazy circle on her stomach. Her muscles come alive under my touch, a shudder of pleasure, and I crave to please her. “No, we shouldn’t,” she answers. “Talking is overated.”*
I had a stupid happy grin at just about everything Ryan did!! In a sea of “bad-boy” characters, Ryan stands out as a good-guy who melts your insides!!
I want her to be wowed so she’ll stay on homecoming court, but more…I want this gift to prove that I know her and that I see beyond black hair and nose rings and cut-up jeans. I see her as she really is—I see Beth.*
Beth was so guarded and hesitant to trust, but you really couldn’t blame her for feeling that way. How can you trust outsiders when your family has let you down so many times and in infinite ways? My heart soared when she finally started letting people in.
Ryan has led such a sheltered life, but his family raised him right, for the most part. How else could you have such a complete gentleman? I canâ€™t express how much I loved and respected his behavior!! The way he treated Beth is what finally made her walls come down and begin to trust. Scott was also a huge part of Bethâ€™s road to healing, and it was nice to finally see a responsible, present and loving adult in YA fiction!!
Ms. McGarry is fast becoming a favorite author of mine, she has a talent for writing amazing and well-fleshed out characters that make you care. Such a moving, emotional, and riveting story! Dare to You is one of my favorite reads of 2013!!
A copy was provided by Harlequin Teen through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Warning:Before starting the book make sure you have a box of tissues lying besides you.
When I finished Pushing the Limits and saw that Beth is getting her own story I was beyond surprised to see that Beth isn't getting with Isaiah but someone else!!!I loved Isaiah as much as I loved Noah!!!What a pity!I really wanted to see them together..
Now that I have finished Dare You To I can only say that I couldn't have been more wrong. Although Beth and Isaiah were a nice combination,Beth and Ryan rocked.They chalenged each other,they learned things from each other and they finally discovered what love really is.The main idea of the book was how hard it's for some people to trust others.And for Beth,it was really hard.No one knows better than her what abandonment and betrayal is.
Ryan came into her life when Beth needed him the most.Although they both thought differently,for me they were prefect.Ok,they had major family problems.But who hasn't ???
However,they were times that I did not approve of Beth's actions.Scott, her uncle, gave her the opportunity to live a new life but she didn't take it even when Isaiah and Noah insisted that she does.I'm just glad Ryan convinced her to give him a chance.
As far as Isaiah is concerned, I was so sorry for him.He was so caring,protective and he loved Beth so much.But,I think that Beth was right when she told him that what they share isn't love.
Overall,the book was AMAZING.It was so emotional at times that it had me crying and there were other times that I couldn't stop laughing.Also ,there were some scenes that both Noah and Echo were present.I really enjoyed those scenes.There was even a particular scene in which, almost all the characters were present.Here's a taste: (view spoiler)
I absolutely recommend this book and I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series,Crash Into You,Isaiah's book(so happy he will get his happy ever after). Katie McGarry has done it again and created another heart-breaking and emotional story and turned it into something beautiful and truly unforgettable. This time around we see Beth - a misunderstood girl that always tried her best to protect her low life mother, one who always puts Beth last in her life. When Beth takes the blame for a stunt her mother pulls, she's arrested and is rescued by her Uncle, who she hasn't seen for years. Taking her away from everyone she loves and enrolling her in a new school, Beth's Uncle becomes the strict parent she's always needed in her life but he also provides her with the family love she's been missing out on too. It's here she meets good boy Ryan - one whose addicted to dares and Beth just became his latest dare. But will Beth pull the wool over his eyes and beat him at his own game? And can she really re-start her life over - one where she leaves everyone she loves behind or will she die trying to protect her mother?
I haven't had this feeling for ages, you know the one, where you feel compelled to stay up late into the night to finish a book and when you do finish, you can't form
a coherent sentence. Well that's how I felt with Dare You To. I so needed a book like this to enter my life right now. I've read a few great books lately but nothing that has completely blown me away and left me wanting more but Dare You To provided me just that, and it proves why I love about reading so much.
Beth was a favourite of mine from Pushing the Limits, she comes across as bad girl who will happily says what she thinks, whenever she likes. She's honest, protective and feisty and even though she comes across as the bad girl, she's really a girl who puts on a front. She feels like she has no other choice. Now Ryan, he's the opposite to Beth. I'm not sure what I was really expecting from his character - a jock who was mean to people but boy, was he surprising. He was sweet, caring and not the typical jock I was expecting. I ended up really falling him as a character. I also loved Ryan's friends - again they were characters that surprised me because they were so nice. And of course, I can't forget Noah, Echo and Isaiah. Isaiah literally - my heart broke for him. His relationship with Beth is one based on friendship and I know a lot of people were thinking WHAT, when they found out Dare You To was Beth and Ryan's story but I'm kind of glad now, because we get his story in Crash Into You. I'm guessing it's due for release in 2014 - maybe? But hey, I can not wait!
All in all, Katie McGarry's Dare You To oozes with sexual tension, swoon worthy quotes and a love story that leaves a mark on your heart. It's a story about loss, love, sacrifice, betrayal and hope and it's one that will stay with me for a very long time. I highly suggest you pick up some of Katie's work if you haven't before. When I read the summary, I thought, "Oh no, it's going to be one of those books where the guy is dared to ask the girl out, they fall for each other, and she'll find out." But then, I really liked "Pushing the Limits," so I thought why not. Turns out, that wasn't what the story was about - at all!
I admit, I read the first few chapters and then set the book aside for a few days. I like sassy characters, but Beth was just downright bitchy. But she actually grew on me surprisingly fast - not because her situation gave reason for her attitude, but because she was a much deeper person than that.
What won me over was her insistence on helping her mother. (It was also the reason why I knocked off a half star because she blindness frustrated me beyond
words. I just wanted to shake her and yell, "Wake up!") However, it also gave her an edge over other characters written like her. Yes, she has a terrible life, and she took it out on the world. But her selflessness, her determination and her devotion to her mother was very admirable, even when her mother had let her down so, so many times.
I really liked the analogy of the bird trapped in the barn. To me, it meant so much. And the bottle of rain? I admit, I squeed a bit there. How utterly romantic. Call it cheesy if you want, but I was so caught up in the story that it just really moved me.
Ryan wasn't too far off from your typical golden boy with problems at home. Maybe McGarry overdid it a little bit with all his problems - the brother, his father's expectations, political campaigns, his mother's social groups, everything else - but I didn't mind it so much in this book. Ryan was just an overall likable guy.
And the book had some really great lines. The bickering had me smile a few times. Their exchanges made me squee every now and then. And yes, I shed a few tears - don't worry, I wasn't bawling, but yeah, moving on.
While I'm gushing. I really like Scott. I admire him for what he had to go through, especially when he was so young when Beth was born. And it's inspiring to see that he got out. And I felt for him and how he tried so hard with her. And with everything that he knew, it must have been hard to try to keep it to himself to protect her - especially when you have a wife that is not so supportive of the situation. Sometimes you have to take care of your immediate family first, but when someone like a niece desperately needs your help, you could just easily turn away. I think it was awfully big of him to take on such a responsibility. My only complaint is that I wish I saw more from Allison - it was just a big leap from hating her so much to the last scene.
Overall, I really liked the book. I was emotionally invested in the characters, and yes, it was predictable, but it was very much enjoyable. McGarry hasn't done me
wrong yet, and I can't wait for the next book. For Isaiah fans, I wouldn't be surprised if the next book is about him. My brain is a bowl of over cooked, mushy, slimy spaghetti right now. But even in this deranged state of mind, I can process and understand the forte and artistry McGarry has woven yet again. Call the firefighters! Alert the neighbours! Sound the alarms! We've got ourselves another immaculate conception!
I don't want to go into too much detail, since the release date is months away, but the characters in DYT are so realistic and will you guys be my friends? Beth? Isaiah? Lace? RYAN? What I loved is that although the romance was the main focus, it wasn't the only attraction. I really enjoyed getting to meet Lace and watching her friendship with Beth grow was so beautiful. Ryan's friends were surprisingly likable as well! Chris and Lace's romance took a backseat, but it added depth to what could have easily been a one-sided (admittedly hot) affair.
I've heard that some people got annoyed with Beth's character, but I actually found her to be a breath of fresh air. I loved the fact that she had scars and flaws, I admired her devotion (even though it was a tad infuriating) to her addicted Mother, and her friendship with Isaiah broke my heart. The knowledge that his story's currently in the works is all that kept me going. Ryan was a sweetheart, y'all! He's not by any means a 'bad-boy', and to be quite frank, I'm surprised I fell for him, I didn't think he was my type. Actually, who am I kidding, my type is just 'guy'...
Dare You To is intricately composed of multi-dimentional relationships that sneakily and craftily add profundity and variation to the plot. Instead of just reading sizzling love scenes (which, come on, I don't quite mind either), we got to experience Beth's rocky relationship with her fragile mom, and Ryan's first-class family problems. It was touching to watch them go through all the hardships together, and even more rewarding to see them try and reach out, even when it must have killed.
McGarry's breathtaking romances are unmatched, and always will be. Book lovers and hopeless romantics everywhere: hold on to your hats, get ahold of your skivvies, and prepare to be blown away by the intensity, passion and indubitable sincerity that is the core of Dare You To.
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