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Daring the Bad Boy

(Endless Summer)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  990 ratings  ·  165 reviews
Truth or Dare was never this much fun...

Annie McFarland is sick of being a shy nobody. A session at summer camp seems like the perfect opportunity to reinvent herself—gain some confidence, kiss a boy, be whoever she wants to be. A few days in, she’s already set her sights on über-hottie Kyle. Too bad her fear of water keeps her away from the lake, where Kyle is always hang
ebook, 150 pages
Published August 22nd 2016 by Entangled Crush
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Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie

"But this girl…I don’t know. There was something about her that made me want to keep her around. I wanted to talk to her. Learn more about her. Maybe even give her grief in the hope that she’d dish some back out at me.”

Look I'm 30 but this book was just too freaking sweet. I don't really delve into the clean and tween anymore but getting into some real teen angst was somewhat refreshing. I feel like I should be saying "this is the perfect summer read for young adults" but instead I'll say if
Norah Una Sumner
“Truth or Dare was never this much fun…"

Such a fun and cute book! I think that it's a well known fact that I love Entangled Teen Crush books and this one was no exception. I absolutely loved reading both from Jake's and Annie's POV - there're really great characters who develop a lot throughout this book. There were a few moments that probably would've annoyed me if they actually weren't quite real - Annie's relationship with her camp friends, her crush on Kyle developed by the whole
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Daring The Bad Boy by Monica Murphy is your very sweet, innocent, standard trope of young teen love. Ms. Murphy charms her readers with a cute summer romance brewing between an innocent naive young teen girl and of course the reformed bad boy.

 photo 410c4dc73c61e26d2702dd20122425_zpsvrekymzy.gif “The best thing would be not to engage. Engaging gave him ammunition, and the guy already had enough on me. I didn’t trust him. I didn’t necessarily like him, either, even if he did save my l
Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
Sweet. Sweet. Sweet. I sometimes forget how cute and sweet YA romance books can be.


Monica Murphy created two adorable characters with Annie and Jake. Annie was incredibly shy and kind of a loner. She intended to use her camp experience as a way to force herself out of her shell, to make new friends, and to encourage herself to be more active. However, she was terrified of water and coerced Jake to teach her how to swim. Jake was amazing. Gosh, this guy was so dang cute! He was forced to be a cou
Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
DNF @ 83%

Ok, you're probably wondering why I quit so close to the end. Well, it was going ok. It was on the road to a 3, maybe 3.5. Then the main girl had a complete personality transplant all to add drama that made no sense given the circumstances and her previous behaviour. She went from sweet to cray cray overnight. And this conflict could have happened organically WITHOUT this weird change. It was so ridiculo
Fafa's Book Corner
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Mini review:


I received this E-ARC via the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was pretty excited to start reading this. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy this. It was slightly dramatic and there is this particular scene where Annie starts talking to her 'friends' after they ditched her. I understood that she felt responsible but I would never talk to someone who would do that to me.

Do not recommend.
Aug 12, 2016 rated it liked it
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Actual Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided a copy by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

By now you might know that normally Entangled: Crush books don’t disappoint me. They are always full of cuteness and adorable and I love it. This book was going in the right way until it got to about 80%. After that I hated it and I’m still mad about what happened. Basically the book took a 180º turn and ruined everything and that’s shown by my rating
Shannon Moore
Aug 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I'm sure this will shock absolutely no one, but I love love love reading young adult books. Experiencing those feelings of first love, those warm fuzzies, the butterflies and nerves, I genuinely enjoy every second of it. And even a lot of times I like the endings a lot more than the new adult counterparts that I read. I don't need a diamond ring and a baby in a storyline to satisfy me as a reader. If an author can nail emotions right, I'm perfectly content without all that physical stuff too. Th ...more
Rating 3.5/5
This is a cute summer read, with teens heading off to summer camp and some dramatic changes to their expectations and behaviour. It has some strange parts to it but perhaps they just add to the story? Annie is determined to make changes to how others perceive her. She’s fed up with being the shy nerd who most folk never even notice. To make the change, she convinces her very protective parents to let her go to summer camp by a lake - even though she can’t swim and the family has a tr
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
3 - 3.5 YA stars

This was a very cutsie YA romance that I read in one sitting. As someone who never went to summer camp as a kid, I'll say that this story reminded me of every fictionalized summer camp I've ever seen on tv or in movies: ghost stories, swims in the lake, arts and crafts, chatty cabin bunk mates, secret romances between camp counselors. This story really captured first love, summer love, in the middle of summer camp, with a bit of a forbidden spin on it. The characters are very you
Aug 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who want a summer cute & fluffy
Shelves: love, young-adult
The perfect summer read

This in fact made me think about summer camp. You see I actually never went to summer camp. I don't think it exists in Switzerland. Well, maybe it does NOW, but I don't live there now (nor am I in school for that matter but anyway). There wasn't summer camp when I was growing up, let's just leave it at that. The whole summer camp reminds me of several films I liked as a teen. I kept wondering if I would have liked it in the first half of the book. To be honest I am not sur
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Entangled Teen Crush for the free review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

This book was super cute and I really enjoyed my time with it. There's a bit of angst and drama, and maybe a few things I would change or fix up, but overall, it was just what I was looking for to lighten up my summer TBR list.

With the dual POV, we get both Annie's and Jake's thoughts, which seemed to work well here. I really liked Annie and Jack, and found myself empathizing with them both, although I have
Aug 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
3.5 Stars

This is a very sweet and cute YA romance. And I read it quite quickly.

This story is based around summer camp – ghost stories, arts and crafts, lake activities, etc. Along with the forbidden romances. All very cutsie.

I enjoyed the overall story of this book. Monica does a great job keeping this book moving at the right pace. The characters are young and the drama that goes down is perfect at their age. However, my biggest issue is that sometimes, not all the time, their mannerisms and
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fun, sweet romance between Jake, a junior camp counsellor, and Annie, one of the campers. Also has the bad boy with the good girl thing going on.

Love the campfire scary stories scene in particular!
May 21, 2021 rated it it was ok
This was originally going to be a three-star read but as I continued reading I realized that the chapters kept repeating again and again. I’m also pretty sure this book may have put me in another reading slump so kinda upset over that. I also couldn’t stand the characters we have Annie the main character and my god she was so boring and honestly, her only personality trait was not being able to swim and doing arts and crafts. And then we had our main lover interest Jake who’s the most boring “ba ...more
Suze Lavender
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Annie has a mission, she wants to reinvent herself during the summer. She wants to have a boyfriend, she wants to be noticed and she wants to be a confident and fearless girl. Summer camp is the place to change her image. There's only one problem, Annie doesn't know how to swim. Fortunately there's someone who can give her lessons, which is exactly what she needs. Jake works at the camp as a lifeguard and somehow he makes Annie feel safe. He helps her to conquer her worst fears and while doing t ...more
Paula  Phillips
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Annie McFarland is the type of girl who though stunning has never stood out , she has perfected her life in being invisible and the one nobody takes notice of . This summer at sixteen she finnally has the chance to attend Summer Camp and she has a plan to make herself into someone else - Annie McFarland - Miss Confident and Risk-taker. This summer she will make sure that sheds her Miss Invisibility cloak and become one of the girls and possibly have her first kiss and maybe even a summer fling. ...more
Nancy The book junkie
Rating: 3.25/5

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Kelly Akemann
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this one. A true classic fun summer camp romantic book. Definitely a highlight for me to read after volunteering at a camp. I would recommend it to all to read - a great ending to summer!

Annie was a classic 16 year old who wants to change herself for the better. Jacob is the Bad Boy who truly wants to get on the straight and narrow but can't overcome his past. Together they help each other overcome things they never could alone. And I LOVED the epilogue.

Just an overall fun quick read th
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ya
I really enjoyed this YA book. I always wanted to go to summer camp when I was younger and never got the chance so I'm kind of a sucker for a YA book that's setting is a summer camp. My feelings are a little torn on Annie. I liked her, then I didn't like her and then I liked her again. I loved Jake though and really enjoyed his pov. This was a light and fun, an enjoyable YA book! ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Cute at times, but so many cliches that I really could not give it 3*...
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
*This review will also appear on A Leisure Moment in concordance with the blog tour hosted by YA Reads*

**I received an eARC from Entangled Teen via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**


Ah, summer camp. Yeah, I wasn’t a fan of summer camp. By the time I turned fourteen, I told my mom I was done and read as many books as I could get my hands on that week that I was supposed to be at camp. Nineteen-year-old me does not regret this decision, but I do love a summer camp story, especially consi
Dawn West
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for honest review.**


This book was so adorable! It's rare, these days, to find a sweet teenage/YA story that isn't flooded with mean girls and drinking/drug use that makes you cringe imagining your daughter reading it. Yes, this story has a bit of both, but neither play a large part or ruin the experience. The dual POV was written nicely and kept me intrigued.

In Daring the Bad Boy, we have two lost and lonely teens who
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was the perfect summer read. Daring the Bad Boy was charming, funny, and adorable. I had such a fun time reading this book! I really liked the summer camp setting in this book. The summer camp created such a fun atmosphere for the characters, and it lead to some really sweet moments for the main characters.

I really liked the main female character, Annie. I thought Annie was sweet, caring, and very relatable. I enjoyed watching her grow into a more daring person. One issue I had with
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I enjoyed Daring the Bad Boy so much! It was the perfect light summer read. Annie is determined to reinvent herself at camp this summer and a big part of her plan is kissing the super hot Kyle. Sadly, her fear of swimming is seriously derailing her plans. Lucky for her, a nighttime game of Truth and Dare is the answer to all of her problems. She gets Jacob to agree to give her swimming lessons. Jacob is the quintessential bad boy with a heart of gold you cannot help but love and I enjoyed every ...more
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another great read from Monica Murphy.

Annie wants to be a different person at summer camp. However her fear of water is getting in the way until a game of truth and dare that buts her in line with the camp's bad boy. And what will happen when she starts to fall for him?

This was a sweet summer romance read. There is little bit of angst and a little bit of rule breaking . I loved Jake and Annie together, they had great chemistry. It is set in a great location that really puts you in a summer moo
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Everyone probably knows by now that I am a massive fan of anything by Monica Murphy and Daring the bad boy was a super fun, sweet teen romance that I totally loved, it ticks all the right boxes and is the perfect end of summer read. I think what made this book even better for me is the fact that you get two POV Annie's and Jake's and they're both totally lovable characters that you can really get behind. I love the growth that the characters both go through in this book also how some relationshi ...more
Meegz Reads
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it
*3.5 Stars*

Copy kindly received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This one was a fun and quick read. I don't think I connect as much with certain high-school aged character books, but I did enjoy this and found it quite easy to read. It's a coming of age story about discovering yourself and I liked the characters.

Would recommend.
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Review to come 3-3.5 stars
Aug 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summer camp love story.It's good,do give it a try ...more
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