Dare You to

Dare You to

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""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 jockwith 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 dreamsand his lifefor the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring "herself" to want it all."
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 146 x 215 x 38mm | 599g
  • Don Mills, Ont., Canada
  • English
  • Original ed.
  • 0373210639
  • 9780373210633
  • 224,928

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"Well-paced, satisfying romance." -Publishers Weekly(starred review)
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About Katie McGarry

KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie would love to hear from her readers. Contact her via her website, katielmcgarry.com, follow her on Twitter @KatieMcGarry or become a fan on Facebook and Goodreads.
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This is one of those books that I've been anticipating for a very long time. After having loved Pushing the Limits, I was anxious to see just what happened next to Beth Risk. And - like many others - I was wondering just how Katie McGarry was going to satisfy me with a pairing that wasn't Beth and Isaiah. But I was both thrilled and surprised. Beth is damaged. A mysterious childhood trauma and a home life that is anything but perfect, Beth knows just how dark life can be. Ryan Stone is her polar opposite. The good boy with an immaculate home, supportive parents and the whole town on his side. Beth's been involved with drugs and has a reputation that preceeds her whereas Ryan couldn't be more committed to baseball and wouldn't do anything to damage the pristine reputation his parents strive for. But both of them are so much more than what they seem. Ryan has the sensitive soul of a writer and Beth would do anything for those she loves. Katie McGarry exceeded my expectations and delivered a story that was beautiful and so much more than I ever could have expected - having read Dare You To it's now clear to me that Beth and Isaiah would never have worked (and I'm envisaging fantastic things for the next book, Crash Into Me which features Isaiah in a main role!). All of the characters - main and secondary - are three dimensional with problems and issues of their own. They're well developed and draw you into their world. I loved how the point of view switched chapter by chapter between Beth and Ryan. I felt like I knew what was life for each character as well as being able to see their thoughts and feelings about the other and the other characters from each perspective. The supporting cast were brilliant in their own ways with Chris and Logan being stand-outs for me. I found Ryan to be a little insipid but in his own way he was perfect for Beth. There's a lot that happens in this book and I loved the journey I was taken on. The contrasts between the rural and inner city, the suburban folk and the down-trodden city slickers were fantastically crafted. The romance felt real and the issues that the characters face were handled beautifully by the author. I recommend this for all fans of Pushing the Limits but can also be read as a stand alone for anyone who loves a story about love - even when things seem absolutely dire - overcoming all obstacles.show more
by Kate @ Fictional Thoughts
Well, what can I say that hasn't already been said? This is one hell of a book. It had big shoes to follow- Pushing the Limits and it more than filled those shoes. It was Cinderella's glass slippers, those thigh high black boots you wore this winter, those platform stripper heels that made you feel so sexy when you wore them out at night. That was this book! Ryan is the kind of boy you bring home to mama. He treats girls with respect, he listens to his mom and dad (too much) he hangs with his boys on the baseball team. He gets great grades, he's got his future all planned out. And he can read Beth like it's written all over her face. He is a good guy, really good! And Becca, she's about as opposite as Ryan as you can get. But her motives are as pure as Ryan is. She's been the adult in her family for as long as she can remember carrying not only the physical burden of being the parent, but the emotional burdens of one parent's betrayal and the other's constant disappointment and failures. It's understandable that she runs like a scared rabbit every time someone tries to get close. Small towns are so hard to live in, everyone knows everyone's business. Gossip goes around like a cold in an elementary school. And small minds tend to breed in small towns. So when gossip goes around about Beth, it's bound to flourish and undermine any good Beth has done or shown. The thing I like most about McGarry's writing is, that though there is drama, it's a believable kind of drama. Ryan's got the perfect life on the outside. But just underneath the surface, he's facing all kinds of turmoil. And it's very realistic, what's going on behind the scenes. It's probably happening in big and little cities all over the world as you read this. And Beth's story, while her exact story may have been a bit dramatic, the bottom line was, family and what she felt she owed her mother. Trying to save her, even if it hurt Beth in the process. That kind of thing happens all the time. People go down in flames all the time because they stayed too long for the kids, or tried to work it out, or trusted one too many times. McGarry's story shows the consequences of staying. Like Pushing the Limits, this is definitely geared toward the more mature YA reader for it's drug use, violence and sex. I highly recommend this novel to anyone that enjoyed Pushing The Limits, loves contemporary YA, YA romance, and coming of age stories. I received an electronic copy of the advanced readers copy of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review. This did not affect my review or influence my opinions of the novel.show more
by Heather Rosdol
A connection that begins with a careless dare but becomes so much more, Dare You To is a story of taking risks, learning to trust, the transformative power of love, and letting go of the chains that hold you down. I want so badly to compare Dare You To to Pushing the Limits. To compare Beth to Echo, and Noah to Ryan. It's inevitable, but truly not necessary, and doesn't give both books their justice. The characters in each story will forever be connected, but just like Beth, I need to let go of that story (for now) and focus on this one. Beth Risk is a challenging character, one that will probably drive some readers crazy with her harsh words, attitude, extreme stubbornness and inability to see that she must leave her old life if she ever wants to survive. She's frustrating, yes. But I think that if Beth had simply gone along with the people who wanted her to change her life and didn't fight until it nearly broke her, that would not have given her character true authenticity. It wouldn't have given justice to how truly messed up Beth's life was. I'll admit, I really wanted Beth with Isaiah, I thought they were perfect for each other because they were so alike. But, it's that very reason that Beth and Isaiah need to let go of one another. To break away, and make better lives. To each find someone to see them for the person they can and should be, instead of the person the are right now. This realization was heartbreaking for Beth, and impossible to grasp for Isaiah. I would say for me, that seeing Beth slowly let go of Noah and Isaiah was the hardest part of Dare You To. I trust that McGarry will take good care of Isaiah in Crash Into You. Ryan Stone is the boy who met Beth on a dare. A boy who leads a charmed life, but on the inside, he has some serious struggles of his own. His seemingly perfect family has imploded. His father's control, his mother's need for a perfect faÃ?Æ?Æ?Æ?Æ?Æ?Æ?Æ?Æ?Ã?Æ?Æ?Æ?Æ?Æ?Æ?â??Ã?Æ?Æ?Æ?Æ?Æ?â??Ã?Æ?Æ?Æ?Æ?â??Ã?Æ?Æ?Æ?â??Ã?Æ?Æ?â??Ã?Æ?â??Ã?â??Ã?§ade, and a brother's secret has driven the Stones apart. Ryan is destined to be a professional baseball player, but also has the heart of a writer. He lives his life to please others until he meets Beth Risk. And as much as Ryan challenges her, she gives it right back, pushing him to live the life he wants, with the people he wants in it. I wondered if I could love Ryan as much as Noah Hutchins because Noah goes through so many horrible things in his life, and is such a remarkable character (so much for not comparing). But the thing is, just because one person's issues in life aren't as "terrible" as another's, doesn't make them any less valid to that person. What truly made me love Ryan was his love for Beth. He could have only taken Beth at her harsh exterior, but pushed her to open up, to trust, love, and see that she could have a better life. She does the same for him in many respects. A lot of times, books and characters are unfairly (in my opinion) criticized for the "love saves" story. That everyone, girls in particular, should be able to save themselves and "why does a guy always have to swoop in and save the day?". And that could be true for a character who is raised with a strong sense of self and a healthy upbringing. But not all characters -or people- have that advantage. The love and faith of another person may not necessarily save you, but can cause you to begin to see yourself as they do, as someone worthy of love and happiness. And that's why I love stories like Dare You To: they show the beautifully transformative power of love. *cue Celine Dion* Dare You To is an amazing story. I was completely taken over by the story and characters, barely eating and forgoing sleep until the very last page. I was blown away by the characters, their stories and emotions. Katie McGarry is an incredibly talented and thoughtful author, and I will eagerly read anything she writes. I cannot recommend the Pushing the Limits Series highly enough.show more
by Andrea Thompson
I don't know what it is exactly about books that have bad-boy meets good-girl (er.. switch that for this book) abunchofshithappenesinbewteen then end up with a HEA (or close to)- but I am a sucker for em. And since I loved Pushing the Limits, as majority of the readers did, OF COURSE I was going to read this. Containing my excitement when I got the ARC was difficult. This is Beth's story. Oh, you remember her, don't you? Honestly, I couldn't stand the witch in Pushing the Limits. I wasn't too thrilled when I found out this was her story. I feel bad about that now. I do. I hate to judge a character before knowing their story- which is what I did. While I didn't LOVE this like I did it's predecessor, I did enjoy it.. Both Beth and Ryan are such REAL characters. Everything McGarry did to bring Noah and Echo to life, we see here too. The good and the bad are written about so well, it really makes these characters real. You don't SEE them struggle, you FEEL them struggle. I love how McGarry is able to put her readers in the story and make you experience it all. Beth is HARD.CORE. She is this tough as nails chick, who doesn't -and shouldn't take **** from anyone, and I loved that about her. We knew from the small glimpses in Pushing the Limits that her life wasn't easy. We just didn't know HOW rough it really was. And it's rough. With taking care of her alcoholic mother and dealing with her mother's psychotic boyfriend. Her life is turned upside down, again, when she is blackmailed sent to live with her Uncle. Now, as much as her story tugged at my heart, I was incredibly frustrated with her. Her animosity towards Echo kind of set me of fire.. Pot, meet kettle. She has no room to judge. She grew tremendously though. To me, she is one of those that must hit rock bottom before she is able to build herself back up. And that's what happened. She still have her insecurities though, which makes her more real and more "human." Ryan, having issues of is down, is our second POV. Honestly at first I was hoping someone would kick him in his baseballs. I didn't like his flippant attitude and his arrogance. The way he treated Beth in the beginning was just awful. But as he deals with his issues and starts to get close to Beth, is when he "changed" for me. He's (eventually) good to Beth. He's sweet, charming and all around a good guy. It just took a lot for me to SEE that. I mean, the ribbons? *feels* For the few things that bothered me about this one; it reminded me too much of She's All That. Which isn't necessarily a BAD thing.. just.. *shrug* I wasn't a fan of Isaiah here either- which is ironic since the next book is his. It's obvious why he walked away but it screamed selfish to me. I didn't like how the events played out for Beth wind up at her Uncles. It's pretty stupid to back a predator in a corner and that's exactly what he did; then expected her to just change. UNREALISTIC. And I felt left out because there was obviously some tension between the two and trying to figure out what the hell he did was frustrating. There was one scene in particular that I had tears running down my face I was laughing so hard. The Walmart shopping trip. I mean, awwkwaaard.... Overall~ I really, really liked it! My issues were my own and I see a lot of people loving this! I'm setting my judgement aside for Isaiah's story!show more
by Tonya Henderson
Oh my goodness. This was dark, amazing, emotional and hot. Katie has written another contemporary masterpiece and as an added bonus we get to see a peek at Noah and echo. Though you didn't have to read pushing the limits to understand and love dare you to. They would just seen like secondary characters. I loved Beth and her tough exterior and how Ryan broke through that and while she was still amazing and kick ass we get to see get beautiful heart. Ryan is perfect on the surface but there is a lot brewing under neath. I loved his loyalty and admired his self confidence and how hid desire to win became a theme. Though i really appreciated that he stepped up and did what wad right even if it meant losing. There were some smoking hot scenes that made me need to stick Mt head on the freezer and then run back to get more. The characters in this story are so beautifully written! Ryan's inner dialogue was awesome and it made me smile a lot. Lacy is a great character as well and i loved how she fit into the whole scene. She reminded nee a lot of myself with the boys was friends and the limited loyalty. As well as being on the fringes. Gwen... Oh, Gwen. I wanted to smack her. Loved Ryan s brother and that her read not perfect bit he too had a story and things to prove to himself. Beth and her need to take care of her mom is so understandable and it hurts my heart all that sheer had to go through. Isaiah... I so thought that some how this would be his and Beth story but while he was in it and their friendship was an important theme and he had a lot to add to the story it was not in the way that i thought. Watching Beth learn to trust others and especially learn to trust herself was the most amazing part of this story. It wasn't an easy road, and she had to go through sooo much. Not only did her relationship with Ryan help, but also her uncle, Lacy and letting go of her past. She had to realize that no one is perfect, herself included, but that there are people who are worthy of the trust. Really, the theme of learning to also accept yourself for who you are is what I am coming away from this story with! I love the dual narrative, it helped me to understand and love both of the characters all the more. It is also a unique way of storytelling where you know what the other person is really thinking and feeling. The ending is like the rest of the book--perfection. Bottom Line: Darkly captivating an emotional romance woven with hope and character growth.show more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
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