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Dare You To Paperback – April 29, 2014

4.5 out of 5 stars 373 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in the Pushing the Limits Series

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Gr 10 Up-Narrated from alternating viewpoints, this contemporary novel tells the story of 17-year-old Beth, a troubled "skater girl" with a hard past, and Ryan, a high school jock with a seemingly perfect life. It all starts at a Taco Bell in Louisville, Kentucky, when Ryan's friends dare him to get Beth's phone number, and she turns him down. Their lives become intertwined after she is uprooted from her abusive home by her uncle and is forced to move to a small town and transfer to Ryan's school. At first he sees it as an opportunity to win the dare, but she resists his offers of friendship. Nonetheless, the two gradually fall in love and learn to trust each other with their secrets, which is equally difficult for both of them. The characters are well developed. The use of drugs, profanity, and violence make this title edgier than a typical teen romance. The plot often feels drawn out, and Beth's constant attempts to run away throughout the book will likely frustrate readers. However, young romantics should find the story engaging.-Candyce Pruitt-Goddard, Hartford Public Library, CTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Beth is living on the edges of her mother’s drama of addiction and abusive relationships when her uncle rescues her and whisks her off to tony Bullitt County High. There she collides with Ryan, a star athlete whose family is socially and politically prominent, and sparks fly. Using the same setting from her previous book, Pushing the Limits (2013), and including some of the same characters, McGarry revisits the concept of star-crossed love with teens that have vastly different secrets to hide. (Ryan’s Instagram-perfect life is darker than it seems.) The gritty details of Beth’s mom’s drug-and-alcohol addiction will draw in readers of Ellen Hopkins’ similarly themed titles, and those who love tangled romance will find plenty to enjoy. While the titular dare that draws Ryan and Beth together is fleeting, their connection is anything but. Recommend this one to fans of Simone Elkeles’ Perfect Chemistry series. Grades 10-12. --Erin Downey Howerton --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen; Reprint edition (April 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373210981
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373210985
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (373 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been dying to read Dare You To ever since I finished Pushing the Limits and discovered that we were getting a companion novel. I needed more from Katie McGarry and I was very curious about Beth's story. While I admit that I liked Noah and Echo's story more, I still really loved Beth and Ryan's story. It was heart wrenching and emotional and it hurt, but I loved every single second of it.

Beth is a very very tough character. I admit that I struggled with her character a lot, especially in the beginning. It was very hard for me to connect with her, not because Katie didn't portray her well, but because her situation is very extreme. I was fully invested in her story and I truly sympathized with her, but I still struggled with her at times. I wanted all the good things for her, but she really frustrated me.

Ryan I absolutely loved. He was so sweet and caring and his feelings for Beth unwavering. I was able to connect with Ryan in a way that I couldn't with Beth. He is so strong and determined and losing is not an option. However, Ryan has a difficult life as well. Not the same kind of difficult as Beth, but his life is far from perfect.

I really love that this story is focused on two very different kinds of imperfect. We have the imperfect that everyone can see and immediately judges without second thought and then we have the imperfect that nobody knows about but can be just as harmful. Neither Beth nor Ryan has a good home life. Neither have parents with their best interests at heart. However, both Beth and Ryan have someone who truly cares, it is just a matter of them letting their walls down and seeing that someone does care. I loved how their journeys and growth were parallel and almost the same but in very different situations.
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For the first 50% of this book I absolutely despised the heroine. I just really, really did. It wasn't about me "hating on the girl" because when I start a book I truly want to root for the main characters.

But Beth...oh, Beth.

What I believe the point was was to show how "damaged" Beth was. But, honestly? She came across more like a little witch than a broken character. She was downright MEAN. To everyone. I had a very hard time feeling much of anything for her for most of the book.

Ryan wasn't much better. I liked him more than Beth, but he didn't make me swoon. He was kind of a jerk at times, but it seemed more like typical teenage guy idiocy to me.

Then book ended on a good note and the characters redeemed themselves somewhat, but this really wasn't one of my favorite reads. I'm such a character reader that if one ticks me off too badly that's pretty much it for the novel.
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This second installment in the "Pushing the Limits" series wasn't as angsty as the first book (Pushing the Limits), which I liked. At the same time, though, Beth and Ryan's story doesn't pack the same emotional punch. That's not to say it's not chockfull of melodrama: Beth has a truly horrible backstory, trying to keep her addicted mom away from an abusive boyfriend, when her mom doesn't want to save herself or Beth, either. When Beth gets arrested (taking the fall for something her mom did), a long-lost uncle swoops in to take her to the suburbs for a better life -- but like her mom, Beth doesn't exactly want to be rescued. Also, living in a bible-thumping backwater isn't her idea of a better life.

By comparison, Ryan is living the dream: steadily (if not happily) married parents, popular at school, good grades, champion baseball pitcher being courted by professional and college scouts. Yet Ryan's life isn't as charmed as it seems: his older brother was disowned after coming out of the closet, and in the wake of that scandal, Ryan's nuclear family is in the midst of a nuclear meltdown.

I liked Ryan. I liked Beth. I enjoyed most of the individual subplots of this story. On the whole, the writing was well done and the plotting was tight and well-paced. I just didn't really feel Ryan and Beth as a couple, and I'm not sure why.
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We finally get into Beth's head and it makes for one awesome story. You knew her home life was messed up in Pushing the Limits but it goes to a whole new level in Dare You To.

After being arrested, Beth finds herself uprooted and under the guardianship of her uncle Scott. Which is where she runs into the smug jock who tried hitting on her the other night. Not only does he go to her school, but her uncle has asked him to show her around town and help her get adjusted. The only problem is, Beth and Ryan couldn't be more opposite if they even tried.

I liked that going into the story I thought the whole thing would revolve around the dare. At first it starts out with getting the skater girl at the taco shop to give him his number and then when she becomes the new girl in town, it turns to getting her to go out on a date with him. So imagine my surprise when the dare is out of the way halfway through the story. What else could this story possibly have left? Oh but there's more. Once the Dare is done, we move onto more larger issues like Beth's mother and her stance with her old life versus her new life. And that for me, was the best part of the story. I loved that it had more than one storyline in it.

Another thing that I enjoyed was Beth. She is a spitfire. She harbors so much hostility and yet is incredibly vulnerable at the same time. So her interaction with the other characters was funny to watch. For instance when she shows up in town and her uncle Scott introduces her to Ryan, for what he thinks is the first time. At first the two of them play along like they didn't just meet the other night and then...

Beth: "He hit on me."
Uncle Scott: "You just met him."
Beth: "Not now. Friday night. He hit on me and he stared at my ass while he did it.
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