Book Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

20130604-102212.jpgTitle: Dare You To (Pushing The Limits #2)

Author: Katie McGarry

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb: 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 Review: OK… Well I guess it’s confession time. I never read Pushing The Limits… Yeah, this is my first Katie McGarry novel. So while I read reviews about how awesome it was to see Noah and Echo’s happy ending in this novel, I could only agree on how happy they are and say that they were great supporting characters. The point of this rant is that Dare You To does great as a stand alone novel.

    “Her boney fingers relax against my head and I wish she’d tell me she loves me, because I love her. She may be a drug addict and an alcoholic and she’s probably a whore, but she’s my mom. My mom.”

Beth, the protagonist, i just adored. I’m not even sure easy is part of her vocabulary. Since she was in the third grade her life took a turn for the worst. Now a senior in high school she’s still trying to pick up the pieces. Her mom is a mess and Beth tries her best to take care of her. It’s really heartbreaking to see them interact. To see her form of motherhood. But Beth, she deals with it all the only way she knows how. She builds these walls around her made of anger and bitterness. It keeps her from getting hurt. That seems to work most of the time… Until she meets Ryan.

Ryan is his town’s golden boy. All anyone ever sees when they look at him is how perfect his life is. Little do they know just how bad things are. How much his family is tearing at the seams and the facade of perfection is the only thing keeping them together. Losing is a fate he does not accept. Meeting Beth came from a dare and the chemistry between them is undeniable. Beth however, refuses to let him in. This is the start of a beautiful relationship and the beginning of true love.

    “Are you scared?” I ask him. Because I am. Terrified. Earlier I was anxious, but not frightened. This isn’t me giving him a memory. This is me giving him my heart.”

I have to say I absolutely love this novel. It has the felling of a fairytale in the most realistic way I’ve seen. You know the type that love really does conquer all. I love seeing Ryan tear Beth’s walls done and be completely unforgiving for it. The both help each other face their demons and become better people for it.

Dare You To is a novel that captures your attention and your heart and it is a book that is just painful to put down. It demands your attention and will hold your mind and your heart in a vice until you finish it. As my first McGarry novel, she’s already made a fan out of me. I look forward to reading the next Pushing The Limits which will feature Isiah and I know will be absolutely swoon worthy. 😉

Thank you to Harlequin Teen for providing a copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Where has this week gone?

Hey guys! Sorry I’ve been MIA this week! I had so much planned and with the exception of some reading, I haven’t gotten anything done. I started a new job and its been a tad bit more overwhelming than I expected. So as I said, I’ve been reading and these are the book reviews you can expect to see this week:

    Rise (Eve #3) by Anna Carey
    Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
    Dare You To (Pushing The Limits #2) by Katie McGarry
    Haven (Apocalypsis #4) by Elle Casey

As for Giveaways since I haven’t decided on what to giveaway this month, it will have to wait. However, Elle Casey is have a huge indie giveaway Elle Casey’s Springtime Indie Book Giveaway. 190 titles and 1,554 copies to give away. Be sure to check it out by clicking here.

And last but not least Happy Mother’s Day.