Dare You To by Katie McGarry
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Note: ARC received from NetGalley
From goodreads: “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…”
This is a companion novel to Pushing the Limits. Chronologically, it takes place shortly after the end of PTL, but it tells the story of Beth (a secondary character in PTL). You don’t have to read PTL to read this one, but I recommend it so you have a better understanding of the people in Beth’s life. I actually read PTL and Dare You To back to back within a few days. I became so invested in these characters and will now anxiously be counting down until the release of Crash Into You (Isaiah’s story).
Beth and Ryan are such amazing characters. Beth is so tough and complicated and even though sometimes she made decisions that made me want to scream, I always admired her. She has a really rough outer shell but also has a deep moral code and strong family loyalties. Ryan is so much more than a jock. He is smart and strong but actually quite sensitive. These two seem so different and wrong for each other, but really they bring out the best in each other. Beautiful.
Of course, I loved the romance in this story. However, what makes this book really shine is that it is so much more than that. It’s not just about Ryan and Beth discovering each other, but more about them discovering themselves and becoming better and stronger people. I think they are both so inspiring.
I highly recommend this story for anyone who enjoys coming-of-age stories, drama, and romance. Katie McGarry just made her way onto my automatic-to-read list.