Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Book Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Dare You To
(Pushing the Limits, #2)
by Katie McGarry
Received ARC for Review
New Adult/Young Adult Realistic Contemporary Fiction
Released On: June 7, 2013
Published By: Harlequin Teen
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.24
Pages: 462

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis available on Goodreads:

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....

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this novel for review from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not obligated to write a good review nor am I receiving any compensation for writing this review. 

An Overview of the Novel: Beth Risk's home wasn't perfect. Her mother might not have been able to take care of her, but Beth did love her and if Beth wasn't there to look out for her mom who would. But when Beth gets booked for a crime she didn't commit, her uncle swoops in and forced Beth to choose between living with him or sending her mom to jail or worse. It's an easy choice. But that just made Beth's life a living nightmare.

She's cut off from her old life, her old friends, and is expected to behave in a way her uncle finds acceptable. And she has to follow his rules or else her mom is done for. But is it really worth it?

To top it all off, Ryan Stone the golden-boy of the town has this need to pester her. He claims he really likes her; she thinks he's just out to win some bet. But Ryan's homelife isn't quite as golden as everybody thinks.

One thing is certain throwing the good boy and the girl from the wrong side of the tracks is bound to make life in this small town interesting. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Unbelievable. I loved this book so much. I was skeptical. I mean I really really really liked the first one and so I was mentally preparing myself to be disappointed. Instead I was blown away and actually liked this one even more. 

Katie McGarry delivered another novel that sucked me in from page one until the end. And to be honest, part of me wants to go back and reread the book immediately. It was that good. Her characters are so realistic and their stories are gripping. Her novels are always an emotional ride. They make you really stop and think. I love that.

I have shared time and time again that I love books that make you stop and think about gritty issues. This book does just that. It deals with so many different levels of abuse (emotional, physical, drugs, etc.) and multiple levels of issues with families.

I loved that we saw glimpses into the lives of Echo and Noah, but I really loved hearing Beth's story. 

If you love the new adult genre, books that are about gritty issues, or loved Pushing the Limits, then go read this one now!

You can read this one without having read Pushing the Limits and the story will still make sense, but I'd recommend reading them in order because they are both brilliant. 

So why 5 stars? Because Katie McGarry is brilliant. Both novels I've read by her are profound, moving, inspiring, deep, entertaining, and real. They are such emotional reads and I simply can't stop reading them. I read this book in one sitting and I started it at 1 in the morning (not smart on my part), but I just couldn't stop reading. This is a book I plan on buying and rereading over and over again.

I can't express how much I loved this book. But trust me, go buy this one. You won't regret it.

In Summary: Katie's sophomore novel is as incredible if not more incredible than her debut. This novel is easily one of my favorites of the year and one that I'd recommend to anybody and everybody.

The Wrap-up: All you really need to know is that this novel is brilliant and that you should buy it. Amazon Link is here. In all seriousness, I did love this book. It was incredibly written and simply beautiful. 


Danica Page

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