Thursday, June 26, 2014

Book Review: Dare you to by Katie McGarry

AUTHOR: Katie McGarry
PUBLISHER: HarlequinTeen

PAGES: 456

STAND ALONE/SERIES: Pushing the limit Series (Pushing the limits, Crash into you, Take me On, Red at night, Crossing the line)
SOURCE: Netgalley
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..


Quick Thought
There are very few authors who have the ability to make me laugh one minute and then tear up the next, but Katie McGarry does an awesome job at it. I mean just read my review for Pushing the Limits or Crossing the line and you'll see. Whether it's a full length novel or a novella Katie McGarry knows how to capture my heart with her words. 
"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."-Beth 
"We stayed because we were stray pieces of other puzzles, tired of never fitting." -Beth 
I love seeing the character(s) become so vulnerable when the whole time they try and keep that "don't give a fuck attitude."

I have no complaints with the pacing of Dare you to. Sometimes books are meant to be told slowly so we can enjoy and savor those moments in the characters lives when something happens that we know will make or break them.
"Finally, in a swift movement, she lays her head on my chest and curls the rest of her body around me."-Ryan
"Beth feels like this storm. Constant and persistent as a whole, but the more I get close and try to clutch the individual drops of rain, the more the water falls out of my hands." -Ryan

I love this push and pull thing Ryan and Beth have going on. Beth trying to push him away all while Ryan is trying to pull her in. Show her that there is something more then the life she had in Louisville. It's a constant struggle for them both, and somewhere down that road they're going to realize that what they both need, is each other.

I don't remember much about Beth in Pushing the Limits, actually I can't remember anything. It could be that I read it almost 2 years ago and she was just a secondary character. I'm glad we got to read about her though because her story, although sad at times is an inspiration to people who go through their lives on a daily basis like she was. #girlyouraninspiration
I'm glad that Ryan wasn't just another jock. On the outside he seemed perfect, but we soon find out that perfection is just something everyone hopes to be. Perfection is a myth. Ryan struggles throughout the book to find balance in his life. Little did he know that the taco bell girl would be just that. #notjustadumbjock
"I hold the bottle out into the rain and watch as the steady flow slowly fills it. Whene there is enough, enough that Beth can clearly see, I close the bottle and hand it to her. She raises a skeptical eyebrow, but accepts the bottle. It's our rain Beth. Her head barely shakes to show her confusin while I rub the back of my neck and search for my courage. I told you I loved you in this rain and when you doubt my words, I want you to look at this bottle." -Ryan
There were quite a few secondary characters Logan, Chris, Lacey, Gwen and more. The ones that stood out the most were Ryans friends because no matter what Ryan did they were always there to tell him what's what. 
"Drama! Lacey purposely blocks my view of Gwen's ass. She was nothing but drama. Remember? You said, Lacy, there's nothing real about her, and I said, I know, and I happily threw and I told you so in your face. Then you said, Don't let me go back to her, and I said, Can I rip off your balls if you attempt it, and you said...No. I said no because Lacy would actually do it, and I prefer my balls attached." -Ryan and Lacy
I loved the ending, and happy with it and Beth deserved it too. I mean there's not much else to say. The gif explains it all. :)


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  2. Ihad no idea this was part of a series. It sounds good.

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