Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Book Review: Dare You To, by Katie McGarry @KatieMcGarry

Dare You To has everything that fans of Pushing the Limits are looking for.

Now we are focusing on Beth. She's a mess. Well really, she gets in a mess because of her drunken mom. Because her mother is on probation, Beth takes the rap for property destruction so her mom won't go back to prison. But, her Uncle Scott bails her out and makes her come live with him in exchange for not sending Beth's mom back to prison.

Beth isn't happy being torn from her friends and taken to an unfamiliar town. But really, it's not totally unfamiliar. She used to live in this town and even remembers some of the girls that were in her grade school class.

Uncle Scott is a major league baseball player, so when Ryan is asked to help make Beth comfortable at her new school, he's more than happy to. Ryan has every intention of playing professional baseball after he graduates, and already has scouts looking at him. Imagine his surprise when he realizes that he and Beth have already met -- and not on very good terms.

Ryan isn't leading the perfect life that everyone thinks he is. His family is hiding a deep dark secret, and it's tearing Ryan up and tearing his parents apart. He's also thinking about going to college, something his dad is adamantly against.

Dare You To follows the familiar pattern of forbidden love -- unlikely teens who can't deny their attraction to each other no matter how hard they try. But if McGarry is writing it, the "familiar pattern" is mesmerizing. She knows how to write flawed characters and painstakingly slow-building romances. The secondary characters are developed enough to make the story believable. Noah and Echo are on the sidelines here, and it isn't necessary to have read Pushing the Limits first, but why wouldn't you? Isaiah is front and center, and since we know the next book is about him, his pain is all the more heartbreaking. I can't wait for him to find happiness too!

If you enjoy an emotional, complicated, uneasy teen romance, Katie McGarry is your girl. Pushing the Limits hasn't spent much time sitting on my library shelves, and I highly recommend both it and Dare You To to teen romance fans.

Published by Harlequin Teen, May 28, 2013
eARC obtained from NetGalley
480 pages

Rating: 4.5/5

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