Review: Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2) by Katie McGarry

*I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*
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....
We've met Beth in Pushing The Limits and even though the story wasn't about her, she really knows how to get noticed. In the beginning not much has changed about her situation. She's still living at her aunt's and hanging out with Noah and Isaiah.

The story starts off with her mother getting Beth into trouble. Once again I can't help but loath her mom. Some of the things that woman has done to her child are unbelievable. Beth's life is geting screwed up because of her mom and Beth never dares to give up on her. This all makes me just so sad, mad and frustrated.

With the latest alteration Beth has to go live with her uncle, whom only recently returned. Leaving her friends behind and starting a new school, Beth is not happy and it's something everyone will know and feel.

Ryan's situation is almost the opposite of Beth's. He's the high school's golden boy, gets good grades, great baseball player and until recently part of a happy family. When he first met Beth it was on dare, which you know will come bite him in the ass later. Now she's at his school and he can't get her out of his mind. Beth is different, refreshing and slowly he falls for her.

Beth isn't so easily convinced. Boys like him don't fall for girls like her and no matter how much he proves his feelings are real, she will not believe him. Time after time she keeps pushing him away. Beth keeps holding on to her anger and the feeling of betrayal. If she lets nobody get close, then they can't hurt her.

Living with her uncle has given her a chance to get her life back in order, a chance to start over, but Beth refuses to even try. This part really was the most frustrating, her endless stubbornness.

I really liked Ryan, the guy has some original romantic moves to win Beth over. Now he may be the golden boy, but his life is far from perfect. His dad is always pushing him, his brother is no longer welcome in their house and he's being pressured from all sides; friends, teachers and even Beth.

Somehow these two shouldn't work together, but they do. Dare You To was very well written. There were a lot of parts I wanted to scream at Beth, I was so caught up in the story. It's a beautiful story of personal growth, letting go of things that hold you back and daring to open up and give love a chance.

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