Dare You To by Katie McGarry.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary.
Publication: May 28th 2013 by Harlequin Teen.
Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."
"No." I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....
"I dare you..."
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 love Katie McGarry’s writing and would read anything she writes. It is full of real emotion and a certain rawness of life that just awes me.
It is hard as a teenager to make your own stand without your parents input. Regardless of whether it is right or wrong, they are really only looking out for you and they forget what it was like or they remember and don’t want you to make those same mistakes. Some parents don’t care what their kids do and don’t play any part of it.
Ryan is an absolute sweetheart. What started as a dare turned out to be a sweet love affair. His home life is what most look like on the outside. People who go to church and look all proper and perfect on the outside, but if you went home with them; you would see that they aren’t. Ryan’s brother is gay and his family shut him out per their father/husband to keep from ruining their perfect image. Ryan and his mom miss him. Ryan thinks his brother left him because he never returns his calls and texts. Ryan’s parents don’t get along at home but whenever they are in public, they appear perfect. Ryan’s father wants Ryan to go pro baseball straight out of high school. Ryan finds out that he has a talent writing too and considers going to college first. But not if his father has any say in it. Add in a girl from the wrong side of town, even if she lives with her uncle who is a pro baseball player, it spells disaster in the family of perfection.
Beth, whom we met in Pushing The Limits, is now living with her Uncle who has finally come to rescue her from her life with her alcoholic mom. She was caught with a bat in her hand after her mom used it to break the windows on her abusive boyfriends’ car and she took the fall to keep her mom from going to jail. Her uncle has money now that he is a pro baseball player and genuinely wants to help Beth. He loves her. Beth wants to take care of her mother no matter how bad her mother is and how she has never been a mother to her and has allowed her boyfriend to even use her as a punching bag at times. Beth is broken and doesn’t know how to love or trust anyone.
With Ryan, she starts to trust and love, but there are always cruel people and Beth goes through the ringer and then some to learn this. I loved watching both of them from different sides of the street to learn from each other and find themselves.
I loved Beth’s sarcasm and her will to keep her mom alive. She doesn’t put up with anything. But I was sad for Isaiah. I am glad he will be the focus of the next book.
I wept a lot reading this book. I snickered too. I felt raw emotion and there were times where I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was going to happen next and afraid of what that would be! What would be the repercussions of what was happening? I couldn’t read fast enough. If you liked Pushing the Limits then you will like this book too! I can’t wait to get my own copy when this book comes out and to read Isaiah’s story next.