Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Review : Dare You To by Katie McGarry

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

PublisherHarlequin Teen
Publication date: 5/28/2013
Source: ARC

The Story:
"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 Beth finds herself starting over at a school where no one understands her. 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. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image is risking everything for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all…. 
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My Review: One word: SIZZLING

Let me just say: Dare You To is my favorite book set in the Pushing the Limits world! That is all. My review is done. Five stars!

Haha, but honestly, I am not big on contemporary (even if it's my beloved YA) but Katie McGarry's work is phenomenal. She never disappoints. With every book thus far, -- Pushing the Limits, Dare You To, Crash Into You, Take Me On -- McGarry hits the mark every time.

Dare You To is without a doubt swoonworthy!

Opening Line:

I'm not interested in second place. 


As hinted at by its title, Dare You To starts off with, guess what, a dare. Ryan Stone is the town's golden boy. Being the baseball jock he is, Ryan loves to win and is up for any dare. So, he is all in when his friends dare him to get Taco Bell Girl's number.

Unfettered by his charm and good looks, Taco Bell Girl denies Ryan victory.

Beth Risk is a grunge girl from the wrong side of the tracks. She does not take anything lying down, and her number one pet-peeve; appearing weak. And weak includes girly and interested in male attention. So when Ryan tries to get her number she gives him a dose of her harsh, slashing medicine and refuses to hand it over planning to never look back. Only she does not know that their paths were going to becoming intimately acquainted in the near future.

Abandoned by her family after living her first few years on earth in a trailer park then bouncing from one foster to the next, Beth has never known what is like to be wanted, loved and a part of a real family. So, when she is forced to live with her uncle, who is at the top of her shit list for ditching her and breaking his promise to return for her, she is less than agreeable.

To make matters worse, Beth has to transfer high schools and guess who is a fellow classmate ... Arrogant Taco Bell Boy. And he won't get a hint. Regardless that Ryan and Beth try to deny their connection at first, it is there. The sizzling tension is there. Not to mention the banter is fabulous! Not only that but McGarry throws us just enough romance to keep us hooked. Dare You To is the perfect balance between character growth, spice and romance.

Meet the Author:

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.
Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON,  BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

Happy Reading!


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