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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Blake Reviews Dare You To

Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: 28 May 2013
Format: e-ARC
Series: Pushing the Limits #2
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 462
Ryan lowers his lips to my ear. "Dance with me, Beth."

"No." I whisper the reply. I hate him and I hate myself for wanting him to touch me again....

"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....
When I finished Pushing the Limits, I craved more. I wanted more Noah and Echo, I wanted to see what they did with their futures... but that isn't where the story goes. It wasn't until much later that I discovered a second book in this series. It wasn't about Noah and Echo, but about Beth. Now, I really didn't like Beth in the first book. I understood she had problems, but I didn't understand her. I felt like she was needlessly mean and careless, and didn't really look beyond that. I am so glad the author decided to tell a story from her point of view. I feel a little bad now for judging her so fully and instantly. She deserved better than that as a person. She has been through so much in her life, and it broke my heart to discover everything that had happened to her.

I'm not Beth, so I can't say I would or wouldn't have made the same choices she did, but I can certainly see why she made them. I can also understand why others made choices for her. Beth doesn't always think about herself or her future. She is selfless when it comes to protecting her mother, and she'll do whatever she can to help her. That isn't how the world should be. Parents should be taking care of their children, not the other way around.

I have so much love for Katie McGarry's writing. It's beautiful and breathtaking. I also like that she writes from two perspectives. I enjoy seeing how the two main characters think, especially in relation to one another. It helps me picture the overall story.

Ryan isn't typically a guy that I would go for, but I loved his determination in this book. He didn't feel threatened by Beth (well, not all the time anyways...), but took their relationship as a challenge. He wanted to prove to her that he cared about her. (The scene in the rain is one of my favorites!) It takes a lot of time and energy to convince Beth to trust him. Ryan is also dealing with his own issues. Beth sees him as Mr. Perfect with the perfect life, friends, family... but that's not the case. Things that appear perfect on the outside, rarely are on the inside.

I also love Beth's uncle in this book. He plays a pretty big role in altering the future for his niece. Then there is Isaiah... I liked Isaiah in the first book, although I never really understood his relationship with Beth. It made a little more sense in this book. Thankfully, McGarry's third book is all about him! Have you seen the cover for it yet? Amazing.

I will forever read whatever this author writes.
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