Thursday, February 6, 2014

Book Review: "Dare You To" by Katie McGarry

We return to Kentucky, to where we fell in love with Noah and Echo in Pushing The Limits.  But now we are looking at Beth's story, as well as Ryan Stone - who lives in a rural town nearby.

We know Beth as a tough girl who grew up under difficult circumstances.  She lives with an aunt because staying with her mother just isn't safe for her.  It isn't safe for her mother either, though Beth does everything she can to protect her.  One fateful night takes away the little control Beth had, and sends her to her estranged uncle's custody.  Life is very different at the uncle's house, and in the rural town where Beth herself lived when she was much younger (before everything went to hell).  Ryan lives in this town as well - and while Beth is torn between the possibility of a new life and protecting the people she loves in her old life - Ryan is sorting out his own set of issues.  He has was looks like the perfect life with perfect parents and a very promising future in baseball.  But not far under the surface, he is a mess and someone like Beth could really help him redefine perfect.

It took me a little bit to warm up to this book - I mean, Beth works hard to put up this hard and tough front and we have to break through and see her for who she really is.  And Ryan isn't exactly immediately likable either - he is cocky and arrogant and kind of immature with all these dares he does with his buddies.  But then we get to see the cracks in the surface, and see who he really is too.  Its a great look at how we really need to see beyond the superficial and get to know people, trust people and maybe open yourself up to the possibility of love.  And these two are awesome together - if they could just see that for themselves, of course.  So many roadblocks come up between them - that while you know how this should end, you really aren't sure what will happen until you get there.  I laughed, I teared up, I got scared - I really enjoyed this book and am ready to get to the next in the series:  Crash Into You.

*****
Dare You To
by Katie McGarry
Harlequin Teen, 2013
456 pages
Series:  Pushing The Limits #2
Source:  Purchased New
*****

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