Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2)I was completely speechless about this book... aside from the fact that this is my YA Contemporary of 2013, I look back on Pushing the Limits, my review here, I think I may have been generous with my rating because Katie's sequel is just pure brilliance. There was something that just gripped me from the very start...
by Katie McGarry
Publisher - MiraInk
Released - 7th June 2013
Buy - Amazon | The Book Depo
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....
Katie McGarry has a way with words through character persona's. Back in Pushing the Limits, You saw a very raw and distinctive personality of Beth, she kept to herself and barely liked Echo for coming into her circle of friends. However in DYT you see only a snippet of that persona when she has been through so much. In Beth's world, two key words surround her life, 'can' and 'can't', she can love but she can't trust without getting hurt. To say the least, Beth has been through unimaginable hell since she faced a barrel of a gun. Beth has always looked after someone, but now its someone else's turn to do the same for her.
Katie combined both side of Beth's character from both PLT and DYT, and through her past and present. We see a definitive difference between physical appearances of Beth's character. From the start to the end of the book; The girl with the nose stud and black hair to the girl in a dress and ribbons. I warmed to her character instantly from the start, she had charisma, strength, courage but she also had her weakness against her judgement and gut decisions. She's basically self-conscience of much more than her appearance but her purpose in life.
For me I was completely enthralled by Ryan Stone's characters. I'm now going to steal a line from Twilight "I'm unconditionally and irrevocably in love with Ryan Stone" Unlike Noah in PLT I fell more in love with Ryan than I ever have before. Typically enough I go for the Jock persona, popularity and handsomeness of the top guy in class. But like all Katie's character building, their appearance is just a cover, you should look deeper into their interior, their soul. Underneath the surface, Ryan is just your average guy with various aspirations until he saw Beth. A strip of his nature is taken away as their relationship deepens. What really captured me was Ryan's character to commit to his creative writing. Katie entwined his writing with his personal relationships which was just beautiful in the end. (Corny I know!) Ryan's character was just inspirational to watch or read throughout Dare You To.
Once again, Katie McGarry has delivered one of my all-time favourite, Contemporaries of this year and possibly forever... I can't wait to divulge her next book about Isaiah...Crash Into You.
Rating - 5
Thank you to MiraInk for sending me a copy for an honest review
*And Thank you to Sam over at Realm of Fiction for doing a Read-Along with me, I loved it!*