Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Review: Dare You To

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)
Title: Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2)
Author: Katie McGarry
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Synopsis: "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....

"Some guys touch girls they love. Others touch girls they use. The worst touch girls they hurt."

When I first read the synopsis of this book, I was surprised that Beth isn't with Isaiah. I even though he has another name and that's Ryan. Their relationship in Pushing the Limits already hinted that they'll have a crazy ride together so I was already hoping and wondering how they'd have their happy ending. I was actually having partial feelings towards this book from the beginning.

But all those thoughts changed when I started reading. This has been much easier to relate to compared to Echo's story. The problems the characters were dealing with had a bit more of reality. Beth's story is crazy and heartbreaking but in the end, you still want her to have her happy ending despite how frustrating it has been.

Beth is such a dynamic character that I could easily relate to. There were times when I wanted to slap her and make her realise how bad her decisions are or to make her believe that everything in front of her is true. But there were also times when I want hug and comfort her. She's tough and doesn't let anyone make the shots for her but at the same time, she's vulnerable and needs someone to hold her. Her flaws made her more real and tangible.

Ryan was also someone I loved unexpectedly. I honestly felt like I was betraying Isaiah when I started liking him but Ryan was such a likable character. He wasn't like other popular boys who are so sure of themselves and gets every girl they want. He didn't went through girls like he does with his clothes. He was actually emotionally attached to someone before Beth and that alone made me like him. He was not the typical I-never-knew-love-til-I-met-you kind of guy.

The way Isaiah and Beth parted was heartbreaking. I hated how it's supposed to happen but I understood why it should. There was something about the two of them being so close that they seem to forget reality and forget how to grow up and face life.

This book was another roller coaster ride. It sort of reminded me of Stealing Parker because of baseball but there's this particular scene that I love that reminded me of how Henry left the game for Jordan when she was injured in Catching Jordan. I would love to have a guy leave his game for me. Katie also wrote another set of swoon-tastic kissing scenes that you'll definitely love.

Looking forward to Isaiah's story. Merlin knows how much I am cheering for that guy to have his own happy ending. I just hope he'd rekindle his friendship with Beth in the next book.


This copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review in any way.