Dare You To
author : katie mcgarry
pages : 462
memorable quote : Beth feels likes this storm. Constant and persistent as a whole, but the more I get close and try to clutch the individual drops of rain, the more the water falls out of my hands.
favorite characters : Beth & Ryan
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….
I loved Katie McGarry’s book Pushing the Limits that I read it in just two days, so of course I was thrilled to know that I wouldn’t have to wait long to read more of her work. When I heard the it was going to be a ‘sequel’, I was a little wary, because I loved Noah and Echo and their story but thought that it was finished. When I found out that Dare You To was actually a companion and focused on both new and old characters, I refound my enthusiasm and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book.
I love McGarry’s writing style! She’s wonderful at getting the reader to easily connect with her characters, even if they have their flaws and might not be particularly nice people. Her writing draws you into the story and refuses to let go; this book is a real monster with nearly 500 pages and I flew through it in two days because I was literally setting aside other things that I needed to do simply so that I could get in a few more minutes of reading. Dare You To has so many elements that will interest many different kinds of people, including those who don’t normally read contemporary YA romance.
Yes, that’s right. I usually go for fantasy with my books but I think I’ve found my exception in Katie McGarry because I’ll happily devour any book she decides to put out. She has an exceptional way of making even the most normal, natural settings completely new and interesting. Obviously I could just gush about this infinitely. ^.^
The characters. How wonderful they are. Especially because the minor and secondary characters actually have fleshed out flaws and personalities and things that make them unique, which so many authors neglect these days and which I always look out for. There are the good guys, the bad, and the ones who just need more time and effort to turn better, all in this novel. I love when it’s complicated and so full of layers that there isn’t a discernable way to draw the line between who is a good person or who’s fundamentally evil.
I was so happy to hear that there will be another companion book, this one featuring Isaiah! I think it’s safe to say I’ll be getting that one as soon as it’s released.
I give Dare You To 5/5 stars. Even if you don’t normally read these kinds of books, you’ll want to give this one a try. I did and now it’s one of my favorites.