Friday, December 27, 2013

Review: Dare You To ( Pushing the Limits #2 ) by Katie McGarry

Dare You To by Katie McGarry

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....


Contemporary / Young Adult


I love Book 1 Pushing the Limits and although Beth didn't gave me a good impression there, I totally love her story. This can also work as a standalone without reading the first one.

What started out as a dare between his friend to get a girl's phone number turned into something more when the school perfect golden boy fall for the outcast girl with a shady background. 

Beth's whole life had been trying to save her alcoholic mother from her abusive strings of boyfriends, but when her Uncle Scott finally came back into her life, he had turned her life upside down. He had gain the legal guardianship, forced her leave her old life behind and move in with him to Groveston. I love Uncle Scott. Here is a man who tried to do the right thing, saving his niece from the hell hole.

Beth left her best friends, Isaiah and Noah and met Ryan.

We knew from Book 1 that Isaiah was in love with Beth, but I was surprised that Beth didn't felt the same way and just love him as her best friend. Actually I didn't understand why because he was there for her all along. Maybe it was just because. Though I'm totally Team Ryan, I felt bad for Isaiah.

Ryan Stone live a perfect life that envy by others, but his family was not so perfect after all. I think it sucks that everyone thought you have it all, but the truth was a far cry from that. His family was just as dysfunctional with an overbearing dad. Oh my God, the dad was so awful, treating his son as some kind of property, as if he had the right to dictate everything in his son life. I just don't understand why some family prefer to live in a façade, is appearance so much important? 

How many of us are faking the façade? How many more of us are pretending to be something we're not? Even better, how many of us will have the courage to be ourselves regardless of what others think?

I like that Ryan is a genuinely good guy, he is a baseball player and possibly a great writer. He might approached Beth due to a dare with his friends, but he had no intention of hurting anybody. He had a great upbringing, the kind of guy who don't curse, never hurt a lady and never break rules. But I like how well fleshed out was Ryan's character. I love that he is not that perfect, I found his obsession towards winning, worth an eye roll. That was his immature side.

The things I learned from Ryan,"You have to dare before you can double dog dare" (Who knew?)and simple words like "You're pretty" and "I like you" can reduced me into a pile of goo as long as they came from him. 

I find it hilarious that he was often found blushing when Beth teased him and he tried to play it cool. To him, having a girl in his room is a BIG deal. I love perfect gentleman Ryan. 

Why did most adult books gave us assholes, but YA has the greatest good guy. Did all good guys eventually turned into asshole? Okay, rant over.

Beth was initially sceptical towards Ryan's intention. Why a perfect guy from the popular crowd would want to spend time with her. But for once, she want to enjoy his company and affection while it last. Beth is planning something big, she want to rescue her mum, despite everyone against the idea, including her best friends whom she trusted most.

I find myself loving this type of romance without those immature drama for the sake of drama, both main characters have positive influence towards each other. Ryan found courage to choose his own path and stand by his own. Beth finally learned to trust others and realize that some people will not gave up on her.

Of course, this come with a HEA. Have I mentioned I love the cover?

"It's our rain, Beth."

Rating 5/5