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 books has such a cliché beginning, but it blows us away anyway! And, in a way, we think that’s a power that Katie’s writing has over us… It doesn’t matter if she has the most original idea ever or gets the biggest cliché (in this case, dares) to make a plot: she’ll nail it.
We met Beth in Pushing the Limits, but in this new book we get to see what life really is for her. She is the kind of girl who lives in fear, in the what if: what could happen to her if people discovered how crazy her mother was. This what if is what makes her always cover every stunt that the mother pulls. But when a really bad one puts Beth in jail, it’s time for a change. And this change comes in the figure of uncle Scott, someone who finally can be the kind of parent that Beth needs in her life!
In her new life, Beth crosses paths with Ryan, a good boy who is always making bets and taking dares. So what will happen when Ryan decides to take a dare on Beth? Could it be the beginning of a healing process or the biggest fall of Beth’s life?
Just like Pushing the Limits, Dare You To is also an emotional mess, and we loved it even more in some aspects: first, we really think Katie’s writing has grown in this book. She gets us with her narrative, not just with her characters. While Pushing the Limits was all about the love for Noah and Echo and the feelings between them, this book is about more fragile bounds, and this takes time to develop in the narrative. But Katie was capable of it.
The complexity in this one is that we were in love with Noah and Echo, others characters in the same world Beth lives. So we have to tell you the truth: sometimes, Guta wanted to switch back completely to Pushing the Limits‘ scenarios, and this made Beth and Ryan story less appealing for her.
It’s still a touching book with very well written characters. But maybe Guta lives in an utopia and want a world made of Noahs. She still can dream, right? And Ryan gets close, being second in her line!
Maeva, however, enjoyed Dare You To more than Pushing the Limits. Although she usually has a soft spot for the bad guys like Noah, Ryan won her heart over and over again. She wanted to kick his dad so hard for everything he does to his kids, and slap the reality out of his mom. It was painful to read about that disfunctional family, probably because that’s something too close to Maeva’s heart.
Author: Katie McGarry
Country: United States
Genre(s): New Adult, Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication date: May 28, 2013