Sunday, 25 May 2014

Review - Dare You To By Katie McGarry

Published: May 28th 2013

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....

After enjoying Pushing The Limits thoroughly, I was extremely excited to read Dare You To!

Even though Beth was one of my least favourite characters in Pushing The Limits, I grew to like her and understand her in Dare You To. At first my opinion on Beth didn't change, I couldn't relate to her and I didn't like her but finding out about her past and home life I grew to understand why she is the way she is. Her attitude is her defense mechanism, she is underneath it all a broken young girl who has had to grow up way before her time.

Ryan is the complete opposite to Beth, he is to the outside eye perfect and has the perfect home life, however this is not the case. Beth and Ryan together worked well, although they were complete opposites he grounded her and bought back the love in her and shed some of the darkness. I was rooting for Isaiah throughout the book but in the end the right people ended up together. I can't wait for him to have happiness in his life!

I love how this series is all about forbidden love, complete opposites that fall in love. The series is executed so well, the stories are so different yet are unified by this theme. Although this book has to be my least favourite in the series so far, I still enjoyed it and would read it again.

Rating: 4/5

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