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Dare You To

(Pushing the Limits #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  39,992 ratings  ·  3,703 reviews
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
Hardcover, 456 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Harlequin Teen (first published May 22nd 2013)
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Jennifer Armentrout
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There are some books you read that make you feel very inadequate as an author. This would be one of them.
Alexis *Reality Bites*
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 h
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourite-series
"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 c
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 m
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Aug 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Stacia (the 2010 club) 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 •
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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 ...

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
nick (the infinite limits of love)
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
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it

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
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
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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!).
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult

Dare You To is a perfect example of a great YA story. I adored Beth and Ryan. She is rough around the edges but vulnerable, and he is a charming, virginal baseball player. Their love story is sweet, emotional and heartbreaking at times, and it all begins with a dare.


I really enjoyed Beth and Ryan's story. Experiencing them falling in love while struggling to deal with some difficult personal issues, I was constantly pulling for them. This was a wonderful, young adult romance.

Aug 23, 2012 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 about
Aestas Book Blog
Oct 22, 2012 marked it as to-read
OH WOW! What a gorgeous cover!! Can't wait for this!

may ❀
Oct 14, 2016 rated it liked it

This book was way longer than I initially anticipated it to be. I’ve had mixed feelings throughout reading it, but in the end, I was glad that I stuck with it.

Dare You To is the sequel to Pushing The Limits and follows the story of Beth (who we previously met) and Ryan. Beth’s home life is a private and troubling matter that she is not willing to share with anyone. In attempts to protect her mother from going to jail, Beth finds herself in an unfortunate predicament that leaves her with no
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
Whoa!!!! The second book was also... Whoa!!!.... Amazing!!!!!

I really liked these series very much, and i liked even more Beth and Ryan's stories... I'm using plural because they were two different stories who connected and became one... And that i love too much in these books. That we have a dual POV! So we understand the things better and from every part....
Oh, my Gosh!!! I really don't know how to start...

In Echo and Noah's story, we met Isaiah and Beth... For Isaiah, i will talk to you in t
Angela  M
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Maria by: Allen Grace
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 th
littlebookbosomed bookreview
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! OMG! Is that Beth? PERFECTION! And as for the guy hmmm.. Why does he remind me of someone from The Walking Dead?
Jan 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: signed, arc, own
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
Jennifer Kyle
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, book-boyfriends
"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
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it

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..


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 th
Aj the Ravenous Reader

It’s a lot like the first book where even though both of the characters have a lot of baggage, one obvious, one not, the story still managed to entertain me as a reader. It also managed to come off as a bit playful since both characters are always up for dares. It’s a bit heavier than the first book though and quite more mature. The sports element is also very interesting and I liked that the jock is also an excellent writer at the same time. I also appreciate the pairing up of the couple with c
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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 palm o
Ash Wednesday
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 fri
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"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
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

RATING: 4.5 HEARTS!!! <3<3

I fell in love with Katie McGarry's writing with Pushing the Limits, and now with Dare You To, I am ecstatic to say that Katie continues to wow me with her beautiful storytelling and gut wrenching emotions, and such realistic characters. I loved Beth and Ryan! :D


Full Review to Come....

“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 absolutel
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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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