Dare You To


How did I get it?:
I bought it.


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….


I absolutely adored Pushing The Limits and Crossing The Line was also a sweet read. I don’t think either book is a necessary read to read Dare You To, but it helps to be familiar with the characters.

With Dare You To Katie McGarry takes the successful formula of two main characters with problems, finding each other. Beth and Ryan are complete opposites. It’s nice for once to have the girl as the bad girl in a Young Adult read. When events force Beth to live with her uncle in Groveton, she meets Ryan and then everything changes. Their relationship begins with a series of dares, but becomes so much more than that.

I really enjoyed Dare You To. Once I began reading I couldn’t put it down and I found that when I did, it wasn’t long before I was picking it up again. The characters are as well developed as I come to expect in a Katie McGarry book. I don’t think you necessarily sympathise with Beth as much as I would’ve liked to. Her situation is awful, but her character doesn’t come across as likeable as I’d hoped it would. It didn’t put me off her though. I think she’s an intriguing character. I wanted to know more about her background. The more the reader learns about her situation, the more the reader understands Beth. I thought Ryan was a fantastic character. He really had to work hard to get Beth to trust him which was utterly believable.

With Dare You To, Katie McGarry has confirmed that she’s one of my favourite Young Adult writers. She writes so well and the plot of every book thus far has kept me intrigued. I devoured Dare You To and I just can’t wait for Crash Into You.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
The Pool Theory- Alexa Nazzaro

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