Monday, February 11, 2013

YA Reviews: Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2) by Katie McGarry

This book is suitable for Young Adult readers!!!

Goodread summary:
"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 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....

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I was extremely happy when my request for an e-arc of Dare You To from NetGalley was approved (a HUGE thank you to them by the way). This is how I also got Pushing the Limits last year and it had been a long time since I read it(book one) so I was very excited but also a little nervous. I absolutely love book one but this wasn't Echo and Noah's story anymore, it was all about Beth here and she was a complete mystery beneath the obvious screwed up family situation and her colorful personality( and by that I mean the snark and sarcasm)...

"I told you I loved you in this rain and when you doubt my words, I want you to look at this bottle.”

So when I started to read this one I was a little unprepared by what happened.. I absolutely loved it. I read it in like a day or two and it was amazing!
I had already read the first two chapters and I knew how it begins and I was wondering how will that relationship grow when these two have nothing in common but I was wonderfully surprised by what followed.

Beth's life is way more complicated than I originally thought. For the most part of the book there was this mysterious event that nobody knew what really happened but that night everything in Beth's life changed. She was just a little girl and she had to face some pretty messed up things but that toughened her up. A bad hand was dealt to her but she kept fighting.

Years later and endless problems with her alcoholic mother, an absentee father and a huge heartbreak and Beth is no longer able to trust anyone, except for those closets to her (Isaiah and Noah) so she shields herself from her world with thorn clothes, black hair, piercings and an attitude like no one else's. She is constantly facing the world but this time the mess is to big and there is no way she can get out on her own.
That's where a ghost from her past came to haunt her.. Or to be precise, came to take her away.

"The bell rings. Beth grabs her backpack and leans into my face. "You are so f*cking dead."

At first her uncle Scott was described as some kind of a monster. I really had no idea what he did to her but it all became clearer as the book progressed.
When Beth was yanked away from her comfort zone of her aunt's basement and thrown into Ryan's world she had to face the facts that she's stuck there until she finds a way to break free. What she didn't expect was Ryan actually getting under her skin and in her heart and taking up a permanent place there.

“You're a lot like that bird in the barn. You're so scared that you're going to be caged in forever you can't see the way out. You smack yourself against the wall again and again and again. The door is open, Beth. Stop running in circles and walk out.”

Ryan is your typical small town jock. He is a good boy with good grades, star pitcher in the school's baseball team, has awesome friends and a perfect family. He is the exact opposite of what and who Beth is. But it all may seem perfect but as we get to know him, we saw a different side of him. The golden haired prince doesn't lead so charmed life as we thought.. The fairy tale everyone sees is just that, a fairy tale and beneath the smiles and all the PERFECT there's a boy that hurts and that feels so deeply, there is a poet that has been keeping his work to himself and he is this boy playing the part everyone expects from him to be.
To spice up life Ryan does dares. Lots of the and the crazier the better. And the minute Beth walked into that Taco Bell joint that night she became the ultimate dare, the dare that changed his whole life.

"Written in black marker is the word signaling my defeat: CAN'T"

Her sarcastic and snarky personality is such a contrast to every girl Ryan's ever met. Beth is wild and untamed and all she wants is to be free but she's cadged in like and animal in a zoo... Her behavior is confusing him so much! He is not used to feeling like he does when she's around and she doesn't want to feel anything for him because she knows it'll only hurt in the end.. The relationship was only destined to fail if the moved too fast or too slow.

“Emotions is evil. People who make me feel are worse. I take comfort in the stone inside of me. If I don't feel, I don't hurt.”

As an idea the story isn't all that original. We've seen it before and we'll see it again, but it was so beautifully written and the characters were so charismatic and lovely in their own way. The sucked you in into their own world filled with their problems and you could sympathise with them. The story took us both to the deep dark secrets of Beth's past and she showed us the ugly life so many people are forced to live. But there was also Ryan who showed us that just because something looks perfect it doesn't necessarily have to be.

This was definitely a book that explored both the lives of the rich and the poor and it showed us that not everything is as it seems. But it was also a beautiful story about two young people finding love where they least expected it and fining themselves in the process.

“That must be love: when everything else in the world could implode and you wouldn't care as long as you had that one person standing beside you.”

I truly enjoyed reading it and now I'm super excited about the next!

 I give it:
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Until the next time,

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