Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2) by Katie McGarry
Dare You To (Pushing the Limits)
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 was interesting. I hated Beth in Pushing the Limit. I understand why she is nasty to everyone, but it is still hard to like her. In this book I did start to feel bad for her, started to not hate her as much, but she is still not the best. She has major issues that she needs to work on. She feels guilty for sending her dad to jail. Her mom always tells her she hates her, it is her fault her dad is not there anymore. Then she tells her she loves her. Her mom is a mess. She drinks and does drugs and has a super abusive boyfriend. When Beth gets picked up by the police for threatening the boyfriend with a baseball bat her uncle comes to save the day. Only catch? She has to move in with her uncle. He is now her legal guardian so she can't really do anything. He also has dirt on her mom and if she doesn't agree to his terms he will send her mom back to jail (she is out on probation). Beth thinks that if she can just take her mom away to another town then she will get clean and be a good person. Not sure why she thinks this, but she does. She also can't just leave her mom there to be killed by the boyfriend, even though her uncle doesn't want her to see her mom or anyone from her old life.
Ryan is a good kid. He is the star baseball player and all around great guy. He and his friends are always daring each other to do things and Ryan doesn't like to lose. One night when they are out they have a dare to see who can get the most numbers, but his friends get to pick the girl. Beth comes in and she is the chosen one (this is before she moved) and of course he didn't win. He couldn't get her number. Then when she shows up in his town, living with her uncle the former pro baseball player, he finds a way to win the bet. New terms: get her to go on a date with him. So he tries to be nice to her and show her around and such. She is super prickly with him still. Guys like him don't like girls like her.
Of course she finds out it was a bet and then she agrees to play along. Somewhere along the way they start to get closer. They start falling for each other even though Beth doesn't really trust him. She doesn't want to be hurt by him or used by him but she does like him. Ryan was really great and I loved him. Beth...she did grow on me. She still had lots of issues, but she was trying by the end. Ryan is just the best so I didn't mind her as much.
You also have drama with Isaiah in this book. He thinks he loves Beth so when she chooses Ryan he is pretty upset. Beth also has to deal with Ryan's crazy ex and trying to fit in at her new school. She does grow some during this book and by the end she seems like she could be a pretty decent person. So overall it was an alright read. I liked learning more about Beth and why she is so nasty to everyone. I loved Ryan so he made the book better. A good read.