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 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....
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 29mm | 330g
  • Mira Ink
  • Richmond, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1848452284
  • 9781848452282
  • 60,573

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'The love story of the year' Teen Now 'A real page-turner' Mizz
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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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41,155 ratings
4.15 out of 5 stars
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4 36% (14,814)
3 17% (6,881)
2 4% (1,476)
1 1% (484)

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www.booksforcompany.com In Short - Beth and Ryan are both deep characters who are well developed. - I love that it's written in chapters from both the characters point of views. - I enjoyed getting to know both Beth and Ryan and about their life's. Both are which are very different but both complicated and with their struggles. - Throughout the book there are many quotes, I definitely recommend checking them out on goodreads! In Long Dare You To was a book I was really excited about and couldn't wait to start. After reading Pushing the Limits and falling in love with everything about the book I had really high expectations when I started Dare You To, I knew Katie wouldn't let me down! From the first page you are thrown into the lives of Beth and Ryan. Their lives are very different yet similar, they both have a lot going on with their families and both are finding things hard to deal with. The pace of the book starts as it means to go on, just like Pushing the Limits, it's a roller coaster. I wasn't able to put the book down and whenever I had to I counted down until I could pick it up again! I love how Katie writes a chapter from Ryan's and then Beth's point of view, it makes both their voices very strong and powerful from the beginning. This is the main reason I loved Pushing the Limits so much, because the characters were so real and had so much character to them. Katie goes into a lot of detail about Beth and Ryan's life, both the past and present, throughout the book meaning as a reader I am constantly learning more about them which in turn makes my relationship with them stronger. There are many other characters in the book, all of them are developed well and as much as they need to be. Katie doesn't waste time developing a character too much which doesn't need to be and i definitely see this as a positive. I often find I lose interest in the books which try to develop every single character more than needs be. Katie is a true genius, there are so many quotes I could pull from this book, so many things which made me really stop and think, think about my own life as well as the characters life's. I just wanted to share one of my favourite quotes from the book - "That must be love: when everything else in the world could implode and you wouldn't care as long as you had that one person standing beside you." I think that sums up perfectly when i say it makes you stop and think! Final Thoughts Although I wasn't as emotionally moved by Dare You To as I was Pushing the Limits I definitely enjoyed them both the same. I just can't wait for more books by Katie, she is definitely one of my favourite authors and I just can't see her ever disappointing me. She is able to create the most intriguing and real characters along with a gripping story line. I am awaiting Crash Into You eagerly.show more
by Jodie Lane
Unfortunately, Dare you To, for me, was just like any other contemporary romance out there. Great for those who favour this genre, but it just didn't wow me. Pushing the Limits had that something extra special that gave it that extra oomph that I just didn't feel with Dare You To. I didn't like Beth in Pushing the Limits, and maybe that should have been enough to make me lose interest in this before I even started, but because I enjoyed Pushing the Limits so much, I wanted to give this one a go too, and having read the first chapter, I was quite intrigued about Ryan. They were so completely different that I was interested in seeing how they were going to be brought together. Beth did grow on me a little through the course of the book, but I know she won't be memorable, not like Echo and Noah. And Ryan, while he was a likeable guy, was just a similar mould to every other hot, jock guy I read about. We're already aware that Beth has had a hard life. She was staying in her aunts basement with Noah and Isaiah, but we learn a lot more about her problems, and the ugly truth that has made Beth the person we know now. And I did pity her, it'd be hard not to. She feels unloveable and finds it hard to trust. But for someone who was so messed up, I felt that Ryan got through her barriers a little too quickly. She is taken in by her uncle Scott, who moves her about a half hour away from Louisville, to Grovetown, where she lived until she was eight years old. He forbids her to see her alcoholic mother, and also tells her to cut ties with her old friends and her old life. But she really struggles with this and feels a need to protect her mother from her violent and abusive boyfriend. But her mother doesn't want to be saved, and it hurts Beth more everytime she tries to do something good for her. Scott is one of the only commendable adults in this book. While Ryan appears to come from a good family, they are really just small minded, small town snobs. I especially disliked Ryan's dad, who I felt wanted to live his life through Ryan, trying to force him to do what he wanted with no regard for Ryan's feelings, and who had abandoned, and forced his family to abandon, his older son Mark, because he was gay. In all honesty, by halfway through I was quite bored and just wanted to be done with it. Contemporary romance has to have that extra something for me to enjoy it, and Dare You To just wasn't it for me. I'm not sure I'll read Isaiah's story. He wasn't a character I was overfond of either. Though I did feel sorry for him in this one so it's nice to know he gets his happy ending too.show more
by Suzanne Finnegan
For the complete review please visit us at bookluvrshaven (dot) blogspot (dot) ca. "Hell, I want to be the one to make you smile" - Ryan, 'Dare You To' There is a storm brewing in Beth Risk. A storm she doesn't let just anyone see. A darkness that consumes her every day. Every time she gets the call to take her mother home from the bar. That grows with every regret her mother drunkenly utters in her ear as Beth holds her up. In every bruise her mother suffers at the hands of her boyfriend. At every powerless, hopeless moment when Beth knows she can't do any more than what she has already done. That expands with every wall she builds around her heart. Can't get close to anyone. Can't fall in love. Can't trust. Can't. CAN. The moment Beth and Ryan cross paths, the word 'can't' is a word she has to fight for. Because she can. She falls unwillingly. Kicking and screaming. But he won't let her go. He sees the worth she hides. He sees her heart. And though she desperately wants to go at it alone, he won't let her. (I Dare you To) Let your walls be torn. Let yourself be held. Open your heart. Face your fear. Kiss the man you are falling for. "And I let the part of me that loved ribbons live for a few seconds and entwined my fingers with his." - Beth, 'Dare You To' A crack in the strongest of walls can be its undoing. That weakness in the fortress of her heart will change her life forever. One person can not shoulder the troubles of others alone. But will she ultimately realize that Ryan's love, the love of her friends, old and new, and the love of her estranged uncle, will make her stronger than she ever thought possible? After reading the stunningly touching first novel, Pushing the Limits, I was thrilled to be able to read 'Dare You To'. This is another powerful story that will reach into the depths of your heart, and have you begging Beth to say 'CAN'. "This overwhelming, encompassing feeling is love. It's not perfect and it's messy as hell. And it's exactly what I need." - Ryan, 'Dare You To" Thank you Netgalley/Publisher for allowing me to read an advance copy for the purposes of an honest review.show more
by Lily
"We all have our fears. Those things that exist in the dark corners of our minds that terrify us beyond belief." Angst-filled contemporary novels are hardly my favourite thing, yet there is something quite indefinably addictive about Katie McGarry's work. Pushing the Limits caught me by surprise last year (heck, it even made me cry), placing McGarry firmly and surely the auto-buy list. With Dare You To promising an equally powerful story, I couldn't not read it. Luckily for me, Katie McGarry seems to know exactly what I want and when I want it... Ryan Stone and Beth Risk are almost polar opposites - a focused, career-driven boy and a troubled, hard-bitten girl. Ryan has opportunities and dreams, whereas Beth refuses to even chance the illusion of dreams. The two meet - and you know how this book ends. It is not exactly teeming with originality and the book description is transparent enough to predict the outcome. But it is the journey that is important here - the slow transition from the Beth Risk we meet at the start to the Beth Risk we depart with at the end. It is about the Ryan Stone that is instantly labelled the 'golden boy' and the Ryan Stone that worries about the hidden cracks in his family. It is about two teenagers who inadvertently become each other's supports, who reluctantly play a game, and who dare to find reason to hope for better. The two characters are likeable - very likeable, in fact - though Beth takes a fraction longer to warm to. This, I suppose, is expected. Her unsettled past with her mother leaves her in an emotional position no teenager should have to be in. She is covered in spikes, ready to expect and accept the worst, ready to withdraw within herself when needed, and ready to lash out without restraint. Trust is not something that comes easily to Beth, and this is reflected in her narrative. "Emotion is evil. People who make me feel are worse. I take comfort in the stone inside of me. If I don't feel, I don't hurt." Ryan helps draw the true Beth out of her shell, and as he does, Beth helps Ryan gain an entirely different sort of confidence. With a controlling father that refuses to believe in anything other than baseball, Ryan is a lot less free than most people assume. His problems might seem shades away from Beth's, yet there is never a moment when Ryan's situation feels any less important. There is angst, yes, and maybe even a little drama, but McGarry makes it work perfectly for her characters and their combined and separate stories. It helps (it helps a lot) that the romantic tension in this book is wonderfully handled, with plenty of chemistry-filled scenes to satisfy. Even better that the usual romance clich�?�?�?�©s are turned on their heads... Beth and Ryan aren't the only characters capable of evoking a response here. It isn't often that I appreciate parent figures in fiction, but Beth's uncle - Scott Risk, baseball star and generally decent bloke - pleasantly surprised me. He has a good heart, and there are few things in this world that appeal to me more than simple human decency. I may not have been as emotionally moved by this book as McGarry's Pushing the Limits, but even so, I liked it just as much, if not more. This is a truly stunning contemporary book and only further reason to read anything and everything that Katie McGarry writes in the future.show more
by Sam
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