Author: Katie McGarry
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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“Rachel's this brilliant flame blazing in the darkness. I don't know what the hell is going on, but I've always been the kind of guy that likes a fire.”
I have been rooting for Isaiah to end up with Beth since Pushing the Limits and that ship was crushed when Beth found her happy ending with Ryan. Not that I don’t want her to be happy, it’s just that I always saw her and Isaiah together. After reading Dare You To, I wanted Isaiah to have his own happy ending but still have his friends more than ever.
I knew getting over Beth will be hard and he’ll have his own drug to help him through but actually reading parts of it through Noah’s and Abby’s comments. He was trying to keep his life together, pushing hard to earn money for that little freedom he has with Noah. We all know Isaiah. He’s selfless, caring and a fierce friend who’d stand up for his friends and put himself in harm’s way instead of them. He’d risk everything for the people he loves.
Rachel was almost the opposite of Isaiah. Coming from a privileged life, she has been sheltered with some of the harsh realities in life. Although she has her battles to face at home, she was still naïve when it comes to the things that were happening outside their bubble. But despite all these, I think it’s one of the things that I liked from her. Her innocence almost freed her of the doubts and judgments most people would have made after meeting new acquaintances. I loved the friendship she formed with Abby despite their differences and Abby’s source of living.
The incorporation of drag racing made me feel the rush I love when reading books or watching movies. I just wish there was more. There were a lot of angles in the story that made some of it a bit shallow; one example was the debt they owed. I was honestly expecting a brawl or something that would make the end of their debt a bit nearer than the usual happenings. I was expecting some double-crossing or some not being true to ones word so it definitely surprised me how they easily walked away from there.
The issue about Rachel’s parents were also very much emphasized but the resolution was a bit shallow for me too. I expected more drama from that than from Rachel’s jealousy over Beth’s return in Isaiah’s life.
Despite that, Katie McGarry still writes flawlessly and her scenes tend to come alive. She still has, by far, the best first-kiss scenes I’ve ever read. I am glad to see the trio united and finally happy, but what I really loved was seeing Isaiah and Beth mend their friendship once again. I knew they would need time. I knew Isaiah would need more time. Good thing it worked out perfectly.
I cannot wait to read Ethan’s, Abby’s and West’s story.
This copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.