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

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2) Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Published: May 28, 2013 by Harlequin Teen
Series: #2 (Pushing the Limits)
Length: 456 pages
Source: Harlequin Teen (ARC)

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….


Dare You To is a companion novel to Pushing the Limits and I was really surprised (and happy) when I found out that it was a companion and that we have two different protagonists. Honestly, I was putting this book off because I thought it was still going to be about Echo and Noah. I didn’t really enjoy Pushing the Limits as much as I wanted to. Just like Pushing the Limits, Dare You To is told from two different perspectives – Ryan’s and Beth’s. Beth is a character from Pushing the Limits and is a friend of Noah. First off, I thought that this one is so much better than Pushing the Limits. I read 300 pages straight in one day and that’s like once in a blue moon for me.

Beth is such an amazing character. There’s character development all over the place and she has lots of flaws which made her a realistic and relatable character to me. She’s so witty and kick ass but oh my, she breaks down at times and I felt so sad! It’s easy to feel her emotions and she’s one of those people who puts on a fake smile but at the end of the day, deep down, she’s sad and tired. I love how she’s very responsible for her age. I also like Ryan’s character. He plays baseball (one of my favorite sports) and I love his relationship with his friends at school. They dare each other to hit on other girls, etc. and one day he was dared to ask Beth’s number… and that’s where the story begins!

Overall, it was an amazing read. There was also a love triangle, but it was an awesome and realistic love triangle. It wasn’t just there in the sake of just to have one. The only thing I did not like was that I wish the supporting characters, especially Ryan’s friends, were given more personality. They were a tad flat for me. I recommend this to all young adult contemporary lovers and to those who are looking for a great romance.

4 of 5

16 Responses to “Review: Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2) by Katie McGarry”

  1. 1 Francoise August 18, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    My friend bought Pushing the Limits and she said it wasn’t all that great. Glad to know this one was a little better,

  2. 3 readerswonderland August 18, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    I didn’t LOVE Pushing the Limits, either. But I did love this book, so it makes me happy that you enjoyed this one more too. I agree about the love triangle, it was actually a good addition as opposed to being annoying.

    Alise @ Readers in Wonderland

  3. 5 kezia1098 August 19, 2013 at 8:10 AM

    Wow, seems like PTL is on my to-buy list! I need that one before I read this — DYT seems much better and I have been hearing so too! Not a fan of the cover though…

  4. 7 Nara August 20, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    I definitely thought Dare You To was a lot better than Pushing the Limits as well! I think it’s because I just liked Ryan better than I liked Noah (I weirdly don’t like bad boys in general). And YES! I think I actually said in my review of this book as well that the secondary characters were all really bland.

  5. 9 Arial at In Italics August 21, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    I really enjoyed Pushing the Limits, though I did think that is was a teensy bit melodramatic and angst-y. I feel like Dare You To cut down on some of that unnecessary drama and was a stronger story. I also like DYT better than PTL.
    I am really excited for Crash into You and hope that it will continue the trend of each book being better than the one before. Hopefully it will be the best of the trilogy.

  6. 11 Megan (Ink Skies) August 21, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    To tell the truth, I actually enjoyed this more than Pushing the Limits. I think I liked Beth a lot more as a protagonist than I ever did for Echo, and I agree that Katie did a wonderful job with the character development. You put my thoughts for this book into a perfect review, Leigh! This was actually one of the rare times where the love triangle actually seemed genuine and didn’t make me want to chuck the book at a wall (though I’d never actually do that, ha!).

    • 12 Leigh (LittleBookStar) August 24, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      Yeah I liked Beth way more than Echo but when Echo appeared in this book, I finally was able to relate with her. idk. I guess Beth’s perspective on Echo helped me see who Echo really is. Aww ‘perfect review’? 😀 thank you ❤ !

      Hahaha right? The love triangle was awesome in this book and wasn't forced.

  7. 13 Kaitlin August 23, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    I agree about the supporting characters, and I believe I mentioned something about them in my own review of this book.

    Beth and Ryan . . . I loved them. They were such a good couple. Contemporary romances like this one are absolutely perfect for me, and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series!

  8. 15 Chantelle August 26, 2013 at 8:38 AM

    I’m in the exact same position as you were! I’ve had this book for aaages, but I didn’t particularly enjoy Pushing the Limits as much as others, and I wasn’t really expecting a story about Beth. That you liked it though is really encouraging!

  9. 16 Hira September 1, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Personally, I liked Pushing The Limits better. But everyone has their own opinions 🙂
    I do like your review though. I agree, Beth is a very real character. I really like Katie McGarry’s writing, especially her characters! I’m really looking forward to the next book, about Isaiah!
    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment! Good luck to you too! I hope you get into your dream college 🙂

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