Monday, February 17, 2014

Review: Dare You To

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2), by Katie McGarry. The Goodreads summary:
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....
So. I liked the book, but I don’t think I have that much to say about it actually. Basically, I’d say if you liked “Pushing the Limits,” you’ll like this companion book too. It’s about Beth, Noah’s friend from “Pushing the Limits.” I like Beth—she’s got emotional walls so thick and high that it’s anyone’s guess whether she’ll finally let them down or not. But Beth deserves those walls. As frustrating as they are, her life is tough, and I can understand why she clings so hard to them. Ryan . . . I wasn’t that fond of. I mean, he was alright, but not swoony at all for me. I think it was partly because it felt like the author was trying too hard with him. She had to keep reminding us over and over that yes he’s an over-competitive jock, but hey, he’s also a super sensitive, romantic guy at heart. So really, the effect on me was that I pretty much thought he was a douche the whole book.

Overall, I liked the bits about Beth but the bits about Ryan not so much. Still, I enjoyed the book for the most part, and I’m sure I’ll be reading Isaiah’s book, “Crash into You,” eventually. Recommended for fans of Simone Elkeles's Perfect Chemistry series.

Review: 3.5 / 5

1 comment:

  1. I haven't gotten around to reading Pushing the Limits but it's a bit sad when the hero of the story doesn't leave you a little swoony. Hopefully the next one will do that for you.


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