Dare You To
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing the Limits #2
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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….
First Sentence: I’m not interested in second place.
Hello, not-Kelly here. Somehow I was convinced
(maybe bribed?) to read and write another review again (Kelly: Pshh, your last review was two years ago.). Sooo here it is /throw confetti/.
Honestly, I didn’t expect to like Dare You To as much as I did (even though Kelly was talking about how much she loved it ahaha). After reading the first few chapters, I already had a rough idea of where the book was heading – good boy Ryan would change bad girl Beth to be a good girl. Their lives would change when they collide because they come from completely opposite backgrounds. Even though the setting was cliché, I still enjoyed the book more than I thought I would. (Kelly: Ha ha ha, so glad to hear this!)
Before going on to the good things, let’s discuss the things I didn’t quite like. As previously mentioned, the plot was cliché. The ending was predictable after the premise was set up. Not to mention, Beth and Ryan are always staring at each other for some reason. When Beth first goes to school, whenever she turns to look at Ryan, he’s always staring at her. Why?? Okay, I know he’s interested in her, but isn’t that a little too much staring?? And if Beth wasn’t interested in Ryan, then why does she look for him too?? It’s annoying.
I liked Ryan and Beth more than I thought I would. There’s more to Ryan than the baseball obsessed jock and Beth isn’t just a delinquent. I liked their dynamic and how Beth could make Ryan walk away from a fight while Ryan could influence one of Beth’s most life changing choices. They make each other better people.
I also really liked the secondary characters. I liked how Lacy stood up for Beth because of their past together. Lacy was a strong character and wasn’t afraid to voice her thoughts – she didn’t tolerate what Ryan was doing to Beth. I also liked how Logan and Chris stood by Ryan’s side until the end. It seemed like Chris and Ryan had a rocky relationship, but I’m glad Chris decided to stick with Ryan and trust in his decisions. Logan also stood by Ryan’s side because he knew how much Beth really meant to him.
I really liked how some things in the book were phrased. “The bed is beyond massive. Scott and Allison don’t have to go to separate rooms if they fight; they can roll over a couple times and be in different zip codes” (449). I don’t know why I liked that line so much, but I do. It seems really irrelevant, but the line sticks out to me (so weird).
Basically, I like the writing style of Dare You To.
Aaaand, that’s it! I wasn’t expecting to read & review another book for Kelly’s blog, but whew I’m done.