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Dare You To

(Pushing the Limits #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  38,323 ratings  ·  3,679 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 u
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

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 net.

A tragedy pulls Beth away from her home and her only friends Noah and Isaiah. She must now live with her uncle and his wife who by the way wants nothing to do with her at all. Beth finds herself at a new school with some familiar faces from her past. Not all of them are friendly.

When Ryan realizes Beth is attending his school he seizes the opportunity to win the bet he lost a few nights ago. Only getting to know Beth makes him want Beth in more ways then just winning...

*Copy kindly provided by Harleqiun Teen via NetGalley for an honest review*
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.
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 tur
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.

After reading the second b
• 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'
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
Nov 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
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 her. However
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 can"

There are people
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
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!). Her m
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 basically a bitc
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 complete12/6/2012***
Aestas Book Blog
Oct 22, 2012 marked it as to-read
OH WOW! What a gorgeous cover!! Can't wait for this!

NiCoLeTa E.
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...
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 the next book.... But Beth, i swear to you that I didn't like that girl at all... I knew that her life sucked but she was mean to Echo because of the change that she brought to Noah....

She was a major bitch and in the beginning of her book, she wasn't much different than the previous... Her language was bad, her attitude was bad.... Okay she was a bad-ass girl and a fighter and she didn't take bullshits from noone...

But then i was starting to see some glimpses of her soul...
And there were hidden treasures of a lost girl who used to love ribbons....

But there was also fear and loyalty and low self-respect...
She had a really dificult life... All her life she was trying to take care of her mother who was alcoholic and drug addict and she was having a boyfriend that loved to hit her and especially he was enjoying to hit Beth a lot!!!

Her only shelter was Noah and Isaiah... Her best friends, but with Isaiah was more close... He was her anchor... Until everything changed....

Ryan was a beautiful and nice guy!!! Everybody loved him!!!! He was living the perfect life.... He was the best pitcher in baseball team, he was living in a perfect house with his perfect parents... All his life was organised and planned in advanced!!!

But behide closed doors, you never know what really happens.... His perfect life wasn't so perfect after all, but he was trying to remain strong and to keep up with the plan... His only enjoyment was the dares that made with his friends...

The dares was giving him such a rush!!! After all he was born a winner and he didn't accept anything else than the win...

In a dare Beth and Ryan's paths collide with the result not in Ryan's favor. He lost a dare for first time.... But when everything changed in Beth's life and she had to move in with her uncle, Ryan was having one more chance of winning....
But the hearts have their own minds and when they start to beat very fast, you have to hear them....

I liked Beth's spirit...
She was wild, untamed, fiercy at the outside... But inside was a scared little girl...

A girl who was afraid of love and became willingly numb...
But when she starts to feel, she's trying all the time to run away....

And i liked Ryan... He was strong and steady.... And when he loves, he is doing it with all his heart....

Love liberated him in every possible way and i liked the fact that i became a witness in his liberation....

I also have to refer to Isaiah, Noah and Echo, who i loved from the first moment.... Also i liked too much Scott and Lacy, Logan and Chris... And of course, Mark... They were good guys!!!!

I want to say that i didn't like Gwen, she was the real bitch!!!! And also i despise Ryan's father... He was a manipulating pig....
As for Beth's mother??? I don't know... I feel angry with her, but also i feel pity for her... Obviously, she lost her way in some point, but she loved her daughter... But i couldn't ever forgive her if i was Beth!!!! Her actions was unforgivable....
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
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Sandra 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 hereAvenue
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
Jan 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, arc, signed
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: book-boyfriends, arcs
"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...

"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 beautiful inside and out. He is charming, talented baseball pitcher, virgin, high school senior, popular and completely swoon worthy. I loved this guy!

Ryan and his buddies are constantly playing games of dare with each other. The dares are usually silly and harmless in nature. When Ryan is dared to get (a) name and (b)phone number of a girl who walks in Taco Bell his life will never be the same.

The skater girl was none other than Beth Risk. Beth is the best friend of Isaiah and Noah from Pushing the Limits. A reader remembers Beth as the foul mouth, foul attitude girl, but there is so much more to her. Beth’s determination to save her mother from herself is more than heroic. The beautiful little girl with ribbons is still in there and I truly connected with her.


Beth finds herself in a big mess…

Cue in Uncle Scott. He was a fantastic character!! He steps in to rescue Beth and give her a new life. There are several stipulations to his help but all are done out of love.

As the story unfolds it appears that her new home with Uncle Scott lands her starting a new high school where none other than Ryan Stone attends. Also, her childhood best friend Lacy who attends the school reconnects with her, another terrific character.

While Beth and Ryan move past the dare and find something so special in each other. Beth learns to trust and lay down roots and these two fall in love.


"I told you I loved you in this rain and when you doubt my words, I want you to look at this bottle.”

Ryan’s life isn’t perfect he struggles with his brother’s absence as well as whether to go straight to professional baseball or college. He wasn’t expecting love like he found with Beth and he never faltered in telling and showing her.

“I won't let you go." I blink. As if he could stop me. "You won't let me go." "No, I won't let you go. You're mine and I don't lose.”

Isaiah, Isaiah, my heart broke for him. I can't wait for his book.

I could go on and on about this story. I just loved it! If you liked a good YA book with a hea then Dare You To will be released on May 28, 2013 enjoy!

*ARC kindly provided by Harlequin Limited via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review
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.

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..

When I started reading "Dare you to"

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 abusivREAD!!!
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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 of her hand- CAN'T.

These two battle stereotypes that others label them: jock, druggie, perfect,view.
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
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 friends he's read it (becau
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 finis/>:Before
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

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


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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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