Wednesday, 1 May 2013

#202 Book Review: Dare You To [ARC]

Dare You To [ARC]
Release Date: 1 June 2013
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen Australia
Source: Publisher for Review
Format: Paperback
Where to Buy:  Fishpond | Booktopia
More Info: Goodreads

Summary:
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....
Cover:
I love how it matches the Australian cover for Pushing the Limits! While the US cover is pretty awesome as well, I adore the soft sepia effect of the Australian cover for Dare You To.

Story:

I dare you...

For Ryan, it all started with a dare. A dare to get the Skater Girl's phone number and name. But what started out as dare, surprisingly grew into an attraction that Ryan can't deny. Same goes to Beth, the Skater Girl. She's had her problems but she can't help but feel the attraction between her and Ryan. In Katie McGarry's newest novel, Dare You To, a girl and a boy from different worlds collide in a beautiful and heart-breaking story.

Pushing the Limits was one of my favourite reads last year. McGarry's solid and raw writing brought the story of Noah and Echo alive. I have to admit, I never did care so much about Beth's character in Pushing the Limits. But in this book, I learnt a lot about Beth and her story is heart-wrenching but beautifully intense as well. I never thought it was possible but I love and adore Dare You To more than Pushing the Limits. I feel so connected to Ryan and Beth and I couldn't stop reading at all. McGarry's writing deeply captures the story of both Ryan, Beth and the two different worlds they come from. The chemistry between Ryan and Beth is beautiful like fireworks and I absolutely love the dares they give to each other.

Characters:
What makes this book special and so heart-breaking yet beautiful at the same time is the characters. I remember vaguely from Pushing the Limits that whenever Beth's around, Isaiah's always there. This gives an impression that they're together. But they are not. There are scenes in this book between Beth and Isaiah that break my heart but we all know that Isaiah will have his own happy ending and story in the next book, Crash Into You.

In this book, Beth finds her 'root', her 'anchor' to stay in Grovestone in Ryan after having to leave Louisville because of her mother. To Beth, Isaiah is her best friend, nothing more. Beth's life before Groveston is heart-breaking. She feels responsible for her mother who is addicted to drugs and she is physically abused by her mother's boyfriend. I know Beth loves her mother but I really hate how her mother is weak and kept on staying with her abusive boyfriend. This is why Beth puts a strong wall around herself, only allowing a few people to truly know the 'Beth' inside. She acts as though she's the toughest girl out there who can do anything she wants but deep down, she's not. But Ryan slowly breaks through the wall Beth builds and once he reaches inside, what he finds is a girl who still loves ribbons, an abused girl who loves her mother and a girl who likes to run away. Ryan and Beth are such well-written characters. I loved how Ryan, even though he's a jock who plays baseball, has another side to him: a boy who has his way with words, who loves to write, whose life is not as perfect as it seems. I love their relationship so much, from the beginning to its very end.

Overall:
Dare You To is the beautiful, intense and heart-breaking story of Ryan and Beth. Katie McGarry's raw writing brings you a story of the beautiful collision between a boy and a girl from two different worlds with their own story and secrets. I didn't know it was possible but I love Dare You To more than Pushing the Limits. So..I dare you to read this book and fall in love with it.
5 Forget-Me-Not flowers for Dare You To!
Thank you Harlequin Teen Australia for the review copy!

5 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed this book too, Celine. I loved how perfect Ryan and Beth were for each other, despite my initial skepticism since I thought Beth and Isaiah for each other. But, Ryan totally captured my heart and this book was just as good as Pushing the Limits. I can't wait for the next novel now!(:

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  2. This sounds like it really resonated with you! I don't really remember much about the characters from PTL but I get what you mean about thinking it might be one couple but it's really another. Ryan and Beth sound perfect for each other! Wonderful review.

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  3. I so so so need to read these! And while I like the US covers these might be my favorite :) I really like them! Thanks for the review!

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