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Review: Dare to You by Katie McGarry

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...

My thoughts
I meant to read this book as soon as it came out I really did but it didn't happen. It is a companion to Katie's first book (which is a good thing as I can't remember at all what happened in the first book) focusing on the story of Beth whom you met in the first book.

Beth is a damaged soul. She has grown up being treated like a punch bag by her mother's boyfriend and spent her teenage years dragging her mother out of bar at e rely hours of the morning, feeding her, being responsible for the bills and acting like the adult in their relationship. Things come to a head when the police are involved and Beth gets arrested whilst trying to protect her mother and she ends up living with her uncle Scottt. Beth is not at all happy about the situation to say the least.

Beth is moved to a new school with Ryan the baseball playing popular kid whom she met incidentally a fe nights previously when he was dared and failed to get her phone number. From here on out you see their relationship develop.

What I love about this book is how you see Beth change. She starts out this fragile and wreck of a girl hiding behind a really tough exterior but over the course of the book with Ryan's influence she begins to soften. I loved seeing their relationship develop complete with all the hotness that occurred regularly. I also enjoyed delving into Ryan's story in a bit more depth and seeing how his perfect life wasn't all what it first seemed. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing him stand up to his father and make the decisions he wanted to rather than the ones he was told to.

A fab read I really enjoyed. 


Anya said…
I think I liked Pushing The Limits more than this, but still really liked DYT :) I agree with Beth's character development; her life totally sucks and she does an amazing job handling everything in the end