Dare You To by Katie McGarry
|Dare You To by Katie McGarry|
|Reviewer: Robert James|
|Summary: Sizzling chemistry makes this one well worth reading, even if I didn't like it quite as much as McGarry's superb debut Pushing The Limits. Katie McGarry popped into Bookbag Towers to chat to us.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 352||Date: June 2013|
|Publisher: MIRA Ink|
|External links: Author's website|
Seventeen-year-old Beth Risk knows that her mother would face jail if anyone found out the truth about her. She's trying to look after her mother the best she can - until her uncle comes to the rescue. Except Beth doesn't want rescuing, and only goes with her uncle to keep him from exposing her mother. Living with him, she meets town golden boy Ryan Stone, who asks her out on a dare. What starts as an instant dislike on her part, though, turns to attraction, and she finds that Ryan has depths no-one else knows about. Can this mismatched couple help each other to find happiness?
Beth and Ryan as narrators weren't as immediately gripping as Echo and Noah were in Pushing the Limits, but by the midway point or so I'd warmed to both of them and was definitely hoping for them to end up together. However, even though this is a really enjoyable read in many ways, it's not quite as good as McGarry's superb first book to me. It falls down on one of Pushing The Limit's strongest points - the portrayal of the adult characters was stunning, and I found all of them intriguing, believable in the way they could be likeable at times and hugely irritating at others. Here, the main adult characters - baseball hero Scott, his new wife, Ryan's parents and Beth's mother - were all extremely hard to warm to.
That said, the strong points of the book still far outweigh the weak ones - in particular, the chemistry between Ryan and Beth is just as sizzling as that of Echo and Noah was in the first book, while McGarry's plotting is excellent and she weaves together the romance, Ryan's issues with his family, and Beth's problems with her home life brilliantly.
Overall, even though I didn't love this in the same way that I fell head over heels for Pushing The Limits, I definitely enjoyed reading it. I'm already eagerly anticipating book three, which focuses on Isaiah, one of my favourite characters. This is a recommended read for fans of teen contemporary novels.
As mentioned earlier, I loved McGarry's debut, and you should definitely check it out if you enjoy this one. Other stunning dual narrative romances from last year which fans of teen contemporary should definitely read include Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley and Skin Deep by Laura Jarratt.
Katie McGarry was kind enough to be interviewed by Bookbag.
This review was kindly given to us by the ever-generous Ya Yeah Yeah
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