Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)
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Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2)

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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...more
Hardcover, 456 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
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Alexis *RealityBites! Let's Get Lost!*
4 STARS out of 5
Genre: YA-Contemporary Romance


It all started with a Dare...

'The words sting, but I struggle to keep the pain from surfacing. What more should I expect? He's everything that's right with the world. I'm everything wrong. Guys like him don't go for girls like me.' ~Beth


"I fell for the jock again..."



"I don't lose. Do you hear me? I don't lose and that includes you..." ~Ryan


And then...there is him.


Isaiah knows her secrets..He is her best friend. Her safety...more
"We lose control- quickly, so fast we've broken beyond floating to flying. I inhale and all I smell is Ryan: the sweet smell of summer rain. I'm so giddy I could almost laugh- I'm finally high. Higher than I've ever been without drugs, higher than I've ever been with other guys, higher than..."

Thoughts BEFORE book:

Wow. What is going on here. It's BETH AND ISAIAH- NOT this Ryan guy whoever the hell HE is.

I'm sorry I'm team Isaiah all the way. I mean c'mon he's such a good guy. He's took ca...more
Jennifer Armentrout
There are some books you read that make you feel very inadequate as an author. This would be one of them.
There are times when you stand on the cusp of moments so huge, you know you’ll remember them forever.

It all started at a Taco Bell... It was just a dare...
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Ryan and his friends never back away from a dare. He and his friend Chris are getting girls numbers... and Chris dares Ryan to get Beth’s. He has no idea what he is in for. She turns him down, but she is still on his mind-

We all remember Noah’s friend Beth from Pushing the Limits...
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Beth is a bad ass. The tough girl that no one messes with...more
Stacia (out of inspiration)
Feb 05, 2013 Stacia (out of inspiration) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Stacia (out of inspiration) by: Buddy read with Anna, Ian and Michelle
Beth Risk from Dare You To : Otherwise known as a classic example of how to self-sabotage.

3.5 stars. I'll be going against the grain in saying that I liked this book better than the first in the series. I understand that the masses went wild over Pushing the Limits, but I struggled with shakily written stereotypes and repetitive speech patterns. That said, the first book was engaging and the characters were likable, which was enough of a reason for me to want to continue on with the series.

Lisa Jayne

Jock v's skater girl ...

This story is written to young adult perfection. The writing is beautifully put together and descriptive. From page one I was hooked. If your looking for a young adult story with depth and emotion then look no further. This author has delivered a novel that i'm sure will capture the attention of most lovers of this genre.

There are so many positives about this book I'm not sure how to write it all coherently in one review, but here are my thoughts ...

Jun 10, 2013 Nick rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Katie McGarry wowed me with her debut, Pushing the Limits, last year. I was a little bit hesitant to start Dare You To because it was Beth's story and I never really liked her character in the book. Plus, she wasn't going to be with Isaiah, who clearly really loved her. But then, the cover came out! And well, you probably just guessed what happened!

Like I mentioned above, Beth was never really a character that I enjoyed. When I started Dare You To, I decided to temporarily forget my feelings for...more
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*

CAN or CAN'T? This is the question...

I finished this one a few days ago so my review might not make sense. Just a few thoughts, okay?

I love YA! Yeah, I know, I keep selling myself like an erotica reader but what really grabs me is a good YA story and this one was pretty good.

I love hate/love relationships. They are the best for me and let's say Beth was not a big fan of Ryan when they met at Taco Bell.

"There is absolutely nothing you can do to ever get me to give you my name or number"
"I bet
Kat Kennedy
Pushing the Limits, excuse my profanity, is a bastard to follow up on. It was such an emotional, powerful book, so neat and well-constructed, that I was wary to pick up the next one. I needn’t have been entirely terrified, Dare You To is still a pretty good book with enjoyable things to reccomend it. I simply didn’t love it as much as I wanted to. I didn’t even cry once. It made me question, for a moment, if McGarry had lost her touch to regularly make me bawl like a little baby who got pricked...more
Well, Katie McGarry just wowed me again! Dare to You was just as AMAZING if not more that Pushing the Limits!! I was full of intense emotions, and on the edge of my seat the entire read, completely immersed in Beth and Ryan’s story!!

I knew Beth’s story would be something else, because she was such a hard and troubled character in Pushing the Limits, and now we finally see why. Beth is living with her aunt after having the crap beat out of her by her mother’s boyfriend, Trent (what a gem!). Her...more
Dec 06, 2012 Jaden marked it as to-read
*** EDIT 12/6/2012***

Cover & Blurb: Beth is very pretty, and so much unlike what I had in mind. And erm... is it okay if I like Ryan a little as in a whole damn lot? Gee, that hunk!

I'm certain it's gonna be a trilogy now, unless Isaiah finds his own HEA in Dare You To, which I sincerely doubt. So, make it three McGarry! You know you want to!

As soon as I saw that Pushing the Limits will have a sequel I was slightly irked since the story felt more than complete. But then I noticed it's ab...more
Litchick (is stuck in the 19th century)
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review

This book was very clearly NOT FOR ME. It was so NOT FOR ME that I refuse to even finish or review it. Here are my reading notes:

Two perspectives, guy and girl, love that.

Ew. Chris, Mr. MC's bestie? Has an “awesome” girlfriend yet is playing the “lemme get your number” game? Total skeeze move.

"All girls are the same...All girls want the same thing. A guy who shows interest." Really, Mr. MC who I’m supposed to like? Really?

Hmmm, Beth’s bas...more
Aestas Book Blog
Jan 03, 2013 Aestas Book Blog marked it as to-read
OH WOW! What a gorgeous cover!! Can't wait for this!

Angela (Reading Angels)
But, but, but, but - Beth's not with Isaiah - but, but, but, but - Katie McGarry is a genius, I must trust - but, but, but, but - ALL THE FEELINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dec 02, 2012 Nadd marked it as to-read
Sept 25 2012
Another book? Am i dreaming? oh my, oh my I'm in heaven!



I'm so happy. Oh great lord~ This is why my life worth livin' for


Just wait for my review. Coming soon~


December 1, 2012

OH HOLY! The COVER, it is so..so..DEEP! OMG! Is that Beth? PERFECTION! And as for the guy hmmm.. Why does he remind me of someone from The Walking Dead?
Sandee (The Whimsical Reader)
Screw what Mom and Dad think. Screw the rest of the town. Screw perfection. This girl is mine.



Totally happy and a little bit teary-eyed.

*clap. clap. clap*

Oh and I have a playlist for this book:

Ryan to Beth: Kiss Me Slowly by Parachute
Isaiah to Beth: What I know by Parachute
For Beth: Broken Angel by Boyce Avenue
Beth to Ryan: Who Knew by Pink or Terrified by Katharine McPhee

This book wasn't perfect. There were stuff here and there that made me want to throw...more
“We all have our fears. Those things that exist in the dark corners of our minds that terrify us beyond belief.”

Angst-filled contemporary novels are hardly my favourite thing, yet there is something quite indefinably addictive about Katie McGarry’s work. Pushing the Limits caught me by surprise last year (heck, it even made me cry), placing McGarry firmly and surely the auto-buy list. With Dare You To promising an equally powerful story, I couldn’t not read it. Luckily for me, Katie McGarry see...more
After Pushing the Limits became one of my favorite reads of last year, I went into this one with a lot of enthusiasm and high expectations. I'm sad that I didn't en up loving it as much, but I still quite enjoyed it and am happy that I read it. I also can see why so many are enamored by it, if I had read it at another time I might have enjoyed it much more as well. As it stands I've been reading a string of similarly plotted books lately so my patience for certain elements of the book has been w...more

Dare You To is a companion novel to Pushing The Limits, which i really enjoyed. I think this was a tiny bit better and i loved it. At times i couldn't put it down!

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Isaiah is my safe. He has always been. He's that place where i fall when the world turns into chaos.

Isaiah is Beth's Risk only true friend that she trusts with her life. He know her secrets. He knows her mother is an addict and alcoholic living with an abusive asshole of a boyfriend, and that Bet...more
It all started with a harmless dare...

Meet Ryan-

Ryan never loses.So when he is dared by his best friend,Chris to get the name and number of the girl who just walked into Taco Bell,he knows he can't refuse.But what he didn't know was that this girl could change his entire life.

Beth is a girl who's had a hard life.Her mother is an addict and Beth has been taking care of her since she was 8.She even has to deal with her mom's pathetic,abusive boyfriend,Trent.Beth has always been covering up for her...more
Amy (Foxy)
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****4 'Ribbons of Hope' Stars****


This is the love story of Ryan & Beth told in both points of view.

Ryan is a high school baseball star. His friends and him are into daring each other to do stuff.

We meet, Beth, in Pushing the Limits. I didn't care for her in that book but by the end of this book she grew on me.

One simple dare leads to Ryan trying to gain Beth's phone number at a Taco Bell. Beth's answer to Ryan is written on the pal...more
Jennifer Kyle
"Game on, Skater Girl. Game On."

Katie McGarry’s Dare You To is YA at its best!!

I was thoroughly engrossed in this story from the first page and I have to admit that I read it straight through and I still wanted more. There isn't a cliffhanger and we get an hea, I just could have read about these characters forever. Luckily Katie McGarry will have another installment to this series.

The story is told in alternating povs of Beth Risk and Ryan Stone.

Who’s Ryan you ask? This is Ryan...


Ryan is beau...more

From time to time I like to read love stories.
I like to read stories that make me smile, stories about first love and hope and innocence. I like to read stories about opposite people, from very different backgrounds, that discover that there is something that can bind their worlds.

From time to time I like to forget about work and day to day duties, and instead curl up in my bed with a cup of tea and a cute book that can make giggle and sigh and keep my fingers crossed for a happy ending..

When I...more
Sophia T. (♥ Dimitri Belikov)
"There are memories that exist in my mind that are so clear that if I focus on them enough I could practically relive them" -Beth

Warning:Before starting the book make sure you have a box of tissues lying besides you.

When I finished Pushing the Limits and saw that Beth is getting her own story I was beyond surprised to see that Beth isn't getting with Isaiah but someone else!!!I loved Isaiah as much as I loved Noah!!!What a pity!I really wanted to see them together..

Now that I have finished Dare...more
Ash Wednesday
Apr 10, 2013 Ash Wednesday rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Readers who enjoyed Hopeless... which basically covers everyone I know


I wasn't the biggest fan of Noah and Echo's book, mostly because I felt it was bogged down by the heaviness of the theme without succeeding at making me actually care for the characters (especially Echo) enough to sympathize. I didn't even care much for Beth and was certainly not raring to know her story. She came across as a whiny, pessimistic, emo, wannabe.

So this was a pleasant curve ball for me.

This is a girl book. You know, the kind that your boyfriend will never admit to his friend...more
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
Katie McGarry has done it again and created another heart-breaking and emotional story and turned it into something beautiful and truly unforgettable. This time around we see Beth - a misunderstood girl that always tried her best to protect her low life mother, one who always puts Beth last in her life. When Beth takes the blame for a stunt her mother pulls, she's arrested and is rescued by her Uncle, who she hasn't seen for years. Taking her away from everyone she loves and enrolling her in a n...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
4 stars! Katie McGarry sure has teenage angst down pat!

I really liked this book despite a few issues that I had with it. For the first few chapters I felt a bit annoyed- I mean, come on! You know we were dying for Beth and Isaiah to have their happy ending! Poor Isaiah... I spent a good amount of time mourning my preconceived notion that this book would be about Beth and Isaiah. Then, I was going to slap Katie McGarry for pulling a "She's All That" plot twist... if this whole book was going to b...more
Duchess Nicole
Katie McGarry takes YA to a new level with this series. This is gritty and real, heartbreaking at times, but also more on the level of teens and young adults who DON'T have that perfect home life so often written about.

Beth's life is about as far away from perfect as it gets. Since her Mom is a drunken addict who blames Beth for her father's leaving them, she's been living with her aunt. But Beth still wants her mother's love, even thought the woman seems to use Beth as her rock instead of the o...more
Angela (:
You're a lot like that bird in the barn. You're so scared that you're going to be caged in forever you can't see the way out. You smack yourself against the wall again and again and again. The door is open, Beth. Stop running in circles and walk out.

Katie McGarry is easily one of my favorite authors. She writes books in a way most can't. Like Pushing the Limits, Dare You To has made the favorites list. It's heart-wrenching and romantic and funny and hopeful, but really? IT'S PERFECT.

That must be...more
“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.”

Dare You To is a publication I had high prospects for. I unquestioningly FALL FOR Pushing the Limits, and now I can candidly declare that Dare You To did not disappoint.

“I won't let you go."
"You won't let me go."
"No, I won't let you go. You're mine and I don't lose.”

The young woman has absolutely been...more
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KATIE MCGARRY was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, and reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

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“You're a lot like that bird in the barn. You're so scared that you're going to be caged in forever you can't see the way out. You smack yourself against the wall again and again and again. The door is open, Beth. Stop running in circles and walk out.” 168 likes
“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.” 148 likes
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