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Dare You To by Katie McGarry Book Review

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)
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....

I loved Pushing The Limits, so I was so happy when I got approved for Dare You To on Netgalley. I enjoyed Beth’s story so much more and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! 

Beth had a really tough life, and Ryan had his own struggles in his. I admire Katie McGarry so much for how well she is able to both handle and write about tough situations. Beth was really rough around the edges. I felt so bad for her, and at times, wasn’t sure how to understand the way she handled everything going on around her. I disagreed with some things she chose to do, but the motivation behind everything was so clearly depicted. 

I definitely could have done without the cussing. Beth uses the f-word a lot and I prefer books to not have so much language. Scott, the uncle she has to move in with, was so amazing! He was a great guardian, and such a funny person. Meanwhile, Ryan was also amazing. Beth and Ryan were such an adorable couple.

Although Dare You To definitely has a lot of romance, all the other drama and Beth accepting who she was and finding happiness were a major part of the story. Also, the snippet of Isaiah’s story at the end leaves me so excited for the next book to release. I’m just sad we have to wait almost an entire year. I want him to finally get his happily ever after. 


Dare You To is a strong sophomore novel from Katie McGarry. It’s certainly one you don’t want to miss out on! :) I’d give it 4 out of 5 flowers.




17 comments:

  1. Haven't read Pushing the Limits yet, but I for some reason thought this was a sequel! Glad to find out it's not! :)

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    1. I'd recommend reading Pushing The Limits first, but you definitely don't have to :)

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  2. I'm hoping to start Pushing The Limits today actually so this review was right on time :) I'm with you, I don't mind some minor cussing or even more if it's done the right way and is easily ignored. But when the f word is used bunches? It can get old. Beth and the other characters you mention sound great though and I'm hoping to get around to this book at some point :) Thanks so much for the review!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it :) All the characters are great!

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    2. Just finished and they were! I really loved the references the author would make concerning how a character felt (mutating pterodactyls :P) and all that, haha.

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  3. Some people said that this one was better than PtL! Eh.. I think I'll read this one even though I don't care much for Beth. I gotta see what everyone's raving about!

    -Ariella @ Secrets of Lost Words

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    1. I didn't like Beth much either, but I liked her a lot more in Dare You To.

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  4. I agree with you too. Somehow I never like f-words in any book but it also made Beth real for me. Great review! :)

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  5. Another series that I need to start. I've heard great things about both the first and sequel so I'm really curious! Awesome review :)

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

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    1. I hope you start it soon :) It's an awesome series!

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  6. Ohh! The F-Word was definitely the only downside I found to this book, but I kind of liked how as she grew and became more confident in herself and started to trust others, she gradually stopped using the word.

    great review!!

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    1. I definitely wished it hadn't used that so much.. Thanks :)

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  7. I'm glad you liked this one! I did enjoy it more than you and didn't mind the excessive swearing in this one for some strange reason. I guess it just helped define Beth's personality.

    Lovely review!

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    1. I can definitely understand that perspective. Thank you!

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  8. I want Isaiah's happily ever after too! My heart broke for him in this one. :( I'm glad you liked the book! :)

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  9. I loved everything about Dare You To and I'm excited to read Pushing the Limits and then Crash Into You and find out what happens with Isaiah and hope he gets his happy ending, too!

    Maycee Greene (Local Search Engine Optimization Dallas)

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