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Dare You To Paperback – April 29, 2014
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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