Series: Pushing The Limits #2
Published by Harlequin Teen
Published on May 28th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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....
There are times when you stand on the cusp of moments so huge, you know you’ll remember them forever.
This is going to be a mini review, but it can turn into something longer. We’ll see.
We first met Beth Risk in Pushing The Limits, as Noah’s foster sibling. I got to know her as a tough girl, who trusts no one but Isaiah and Noah. She comes from a broken family, with an alcoholic/addict as a mother, and an absent father. After an incident with her alcoholic mother and her mother’s boyfriend, she was sent to live with her uncle Scott.
Then we meet Ryan, whom she met at a fast food place before she moved. Ryan, at the fast food, was being a jerk. He asked for her number as a dare from his friends. They always do dares, and no one backs out. He lost that night. But when he sees Beth in his school, he knew that the dare was back on.
As the story progresses, and them spending loads of time getting to know each other, they become close, but not without complications. There’s an ex-girlfriend, and there’s Beth wanting to run away and go back to Isaiah, and get her mother out of their house to get away from her bad boyfriend.
As much as I wanted to love the story, I just couldn’t. There were so many elements that didn’t sit well with me. If we talk about Katie’s writing, then I would say that she writes really well. But if we talk about Dare You To? It was just an OKAY read for me. It was even frustrating at times. You see, I am not a fan of love triangles, and I kept thinking that Beth would actually end up with Isaiah. Plus, the boyfriend of Beth’s mom was a freaking menace, and I just don’t understand why he hasn’t been locked up for all the things that he did! But maybe it’s because NO ONE DID ANYTHING!
That must be love: when everything else in the world could implode and you wouldn’t care as long as you had that one person standing beside you.
Overall, I’d say I could without this book from the series. I am actually looking forward to the continuation of Noah and Echo’s story, “Breaking the Rules” that comes out on December 30th 2014.
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