Welcome to this week’s Fiction Friday. Today I am reviewing the YA contemporary romance ‘Dare You To’ by Katie McGarry.
Synopsis 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….
5 out of 5 stars.
Wow. This book was amazing. Once I fell into it I didn’t want to leave and was so sad when it was over because I wanted more, more, more! Katie McGarry is a brilliant writer. She knows how to write broken characters and boy does she know how to write romance!
We first met Beth in Pushing The Limits as Noah’s friend, one as close as a sister, but you don’t have to have read Pushing the Limits in order to read Dare You To, it stands up all on it’s own.
And for those of you who read, and loved, Pushing The Limits, I am happy to say that Noah and Echo get a few cameo’s in this.
Like in Pushing The Limits, Dare You Too is told from first person perspective, alternating between Beth and Ryan. I love this, loved getting in both character’s head, it made for a much more rounded story.
Although we met Beth in Pushing The Limits, you really get to know her in Dare You Too. Because of her hard life, she is as tough as nails, angry and bitter. She has built walls around herself to keep anyone form getting too close. The only thing Beth cares about is her mother. She’ll do anything to help her mother, even though her mother doesn’t deserve it.
Beth’s life reaches a new low when she takes the fall for her mother. Beth is forced to live back in the town she lived in before she was eight, before her whole world fell apart, with an uncle who abandoned her all those years ago.
Both Beth and Ryan’s life is falling apart, and when their worlds collide, neither is prepared for the other, or the intensity of their feelings for each other.
My newest book boy crush is Ryan. I liked him at first, but the more I got to know him, the deeper I fell. He is definitely the type of boy I’d want on my side. He is tough, and brave, and I admired the respect he shows for women in this book.
Beth was all swearing and tough fascade, but deep down she is just a frightened, broken girl who has lost hope in the world. She does a lot of growing in this book, in fact, Ryan does too.
Beth and Ryan were perfect for each other. I loved how their relationship unfolded. The dare aspect was treated well and not in the clichéd way you might think it would be.
My heart absolutely broke for Isaiah, Beth’s best friend. He loves Beth, he drops everything to do anything for her, but she doesn’t want to be anything more than best friends. The good news is Isaiah gets his own story in Crash Into You, which is being released later this year. I can’t wait, I am dying to read it!
I loved everything about this book. It was so utterly compelling that it had me up until 2 a.m reading it, literally until I could no longer keep my eyes open. This is a must, must, must read for lovers of YA contemporary romance. No one does teen romance better than Katie McGarry.
You can add it to your Goodreads here