Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)
Good Reads Summary
Dare You To by Katie McGarry

"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...

My Thoughts
My rating:  A high 2.5of 5 stars

DARE YOU TO was… was… wasn’t as bad as the first one; I admit I I enjoyed it at points. I say so mainly because it’s not as trite and over dramatic as PUSHING THE LIMITS (which is worlds away from saying it wasn’t trite and over dramatic.)

Ryan is golden boy and Beth… isn’t. An initial meeting that has them pegging the other as a certain thing and then the both of them proving each other right. One’s got to respect how easy it is to label the both of them with each living up to said labels. OK.. ok so the start was a bumpy one, and hey, so was the middle, and yes so was the ending, but why say I liked this better than the first at all? It’s a different kind of drama: both of them surviving dysfunctional families.  Except where she’s hell bent on saving this one, he’s hell bent on not being like a certain other. The drama ups a notch with complications of who others think they are and who they are for those same.. . and thing almost breached the point of too much, please stop. However, when she finds herself in a town she thought she’d never see again, and he finds himself faced with a  chance to right things as he saw them… well one can imagine were things were heading. 

And here’s the good (till it wasn’t, anymore): it’s not just a her and him story, though because for Beth, there’s her mother and friends –turned-family to think about and of course, old connections turning up when you least expect them. How things mesh on her side? Not too badly done. Her feeling s of not being good enough and knee jerk reaction to the same, well… it could have gotten old, except there are other in the picture: Ryan for instance. His part of it is a kid who knows what he wants and what he can do.. . but is conflicted on what matters. Less drama, more real; I was into this part of the story as well. till mentions of overbearing fathers and perfectionist mothers took that good feeling away. There’s only so much drama I can handle you know?

This was a better read than the first, but has the same problems the former had as well. Too many things  going on at once, too many missed chances where something could have been deeper revealed and other aspects could have been set aside… but OK, I liked it some of it.


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