Sunday, June 23, 2013

Review: Dare You To (Pushing The Limits #2) By: Katie McGarry

Title: Dare You To (Pushing The Limits #2)
Author  : Katie McGarry
Published : May 28th, 2013
Source: E-galley from the publisher
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!
Goodreads Summary:

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 Thoughts:

I was really excited and hesitant to read Katie McGarry 's second novel. Pushing  The Limits was one of my favorite reads last year and I was hoping that I would love Dare You To just as much and I definitely did! I was a little worried in the beginning  because I didn't want this book to be a recreation of Pushing The Limits with different characters and I am happy to say that it is completely different but, I still felt everything I felt with the first book but, Dare Me To was different and in some ways better then the first book.

Dare Me To follows Beth and her love interest Ryan's story. We got to learn a bit about Beth in the first book so I felt like I knew what I was getting myself into when I started reading this one. Beth's character was completely heartbreaking, she is broken and doesn't trust anyone because everyone she counted on has left and the one person who didn't leave her mother was not fit to be there for her in any way. Ryan on is star of the baseball team and loves to win, when he and  his friends are hanging out and he is dared to get Beth's number Ryan never knew that he would see her again but, as a twist of fate has it Beth  moves to Ryan's town. Ryan loves baseball and it is his dream to go pro after he graduates high school and his dad is there to push his own dreams on his son each step of the way. Ryan seems like the kind of guy that has the perfect life from the outside looking in but,  that is not how it really is and him and Beth need each other even more then either of them ever knew. After an incident with Beth and her mom's abusive boyfriend,  her Dad's brother Scott convinces Beth  to move in with him and his wife. Beth is one of those characters that she feels angry at the world and all I wanted to do was show her that not everyone leaves and that it is ok to trust.
I loved how Dare Me To did not feel in any way like Pushing The Limits, the way McGarry approached the characters of Beth and Ryan I really felt like I got to know them even better then I did Noah and Echo which made me that much more invested in the story although I didn't get as emotional in this one as I did the first  book I loved it just as much. McGarry has a wonderful way of bringing each and every relationship she writes to life right off the page. I never wanted the book to end,  I just wanted to keep reading their story forever.

Overall, Dare Me To was everything that I hoped it would be and so much more, I assure you that if you are a fan of Pushing The Limits that you will love this one just as much. If you haven't read the first book I still definitely recommend picking this one up, you don't have to have read the first book to read this one, it is a whole new story and  if you are a contemporary fan you will love it!

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  1. Yes! YES! I loved this book!! Glad to see you did too. :)

  2. I liked how the books were separate, too, that neither resembled the other. I actually think I liked Dare You To even more than Pushing the Limits. And I can't wait for Isaiah's story! :D

  3. I enjoyed this more than PTL too-I thought the drama was better balanced so it grated on me less than the melodrama in PTL.


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