Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Review of Dare You To

Title: Dare You To
Author: Katie McGarry


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....

(Blurb Taken from goodreads)

My Review:

This is the second book from Katie McGarry which is sort of a follow up from her first book Pushing the Limits (review here). I loved that book and this book also didn't disappoint!

This book is told from two perspectives, Beth and Ryan. Ryan is the typical jock, popular and good looking and Beth is the troubled teen, gothic and moody. When I read Pushing the Limits, I was really into the Beth and Isaiah relationship and thought that they fitted together, but then this book came along and changed my mind. 

Ryan has been training to play baseball for pretty much all of his life, his parents put pressure on him to be 'prefect'. But behind closed doors Ryan's life isn't so perfect.

Beth however, has completely the opposite life, and after one night her life completely changes and she's taken away from the people she loves most. 

As soon as Beth and Ryan met they just seemed to work and I really wanted them to work out. There is quite a few swear words in this book but they aren't at all offensive and just seem to fit with the story (Beth's very moody so it fits with her personality).

I liked the glimpses of Noah, Echo and all the other characters from the previous book. Again this book deals with drugs, sex,  alcohol and abuse but it doesn't feel heavy and is handled really well (much like the first book). You really feel for this book and there is some quite emotional parts. 

Katie McGarry is becoming one of my favourite authors - her books are literally amazing and I can't wait for her next book 'Crash Into You' to come out. 

I can't recommend this book enough and Katie McGarry's writing in general - she's definitely one to watch out for. 

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