This review is also posted on The Bookish Brunette.
I got Pushing the Limits in physical ARC form as a gift from a friend right after it came out. I read it immediately and loved it so much, and I knew I needed to read Dare You To as soon as I could get my hands on a copy.
Beth is just trying to do all the normal teenage things – get through school, hang out with friends, oh and that small detail of protecting her alcoholic and drug addicted mom from her abusive boyfriend. So it’s an easy decision for her when she chooses to take the blame for her mom during an argument with said boyfriend. She gets arrested, and is bailed out by her estranged uncle, Scott, who informs her that if she wants Scott to protect her mom as well, Beth needs to go live with Scott, and Beth’s mom needs to sign over custody. Which, Beth’s mom does.
When Beth moves into Scott’s house with he and his wife, Allison, she is resentful. Allison doesn’t like her, Scott is making her dress like a completely different person, and she isn’t able to see Isaiah, Noah, or Echo anymore. When Scott has Ryan, the star baseball pitcher, agree to show Beth around the school, Beth realizes she can use Ryan to her advantage. But what she doesn’t expect is for Ryan to be someone like-able.
For those of you who are hesitant to read this because it isn’t about Noah or Echo, breathe a sigh of relief. Katie McGarry still has them in this installment, although they’re more of secondary characters.
Beth was the girl I wanted to be in high school. The tough-as-nails, hard ass girl that nobody wanted to mess with. Granted, that was just the show that Beth put on, but still. Ryan was the jock who had more to him than what everybody saw. And I think, ultimately, that is what the Pushing the Limits series is all about – looking beyond what someone shows on the outside, and seeing who they really are.
The writing in Dare You To was just as amazing as I remember of Katie McGarry.
“And he wondered what happened to the world around him. Did it also collapse into chaos? Had everything ceased to exist as it was, just like how his life spiraled into nothingness? Or had the rest of the world continued on like normal, because in the end his position within it never really mattered? – Ryan’s short story
Overall, Dare You To was just a really fantastic follow up. I’ve already requested the third, Crash Into You, on Netgalley.
A copy of this book was provided to me from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way for this review.