Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Dare You To by Katie McGarry

"Elena Hawthorne, do you take Ryan Stone, to be your husband?" the priest asked.
"I do."
"Ryan Stone, do you take Elena Hawthorne, to be your wife?" the priest asked.
"I do."
"I now pronounce you husband and wife. You many now kiss the bride."
I chuckle inwardly. Kiss? Puh-lease. This is not going to be a's going to be way more than that...
I lean in. He leans in. And our lips graze...
And then I wake up. Ugh.
Going into this book, I was a hardcore Team Isaiah. When I realized that Beth wouldn't be with him, my initial thought was, "Ryan? Who is this....this...imposter?!" But I continued with the book with an open mind and oh my gosh, I was blown away.

For those who haven't read the first book in this series, you probably have no clue who either Beth and Isaiah are. Do not fear for Elena Hawthorne is here! Beth Risk is a punk. Natural bad ass. She dresses like a bad ass, does drugs and smokes and is best friends with Isaiah. Beth lives in a foster house with her aunt and uncle along with Isaiah and another boy, Noah. But I won't go into to detail about him. She lives with her aunt and uncle because her mom is a druggie and her boyfriend is an abusive douche bag. When something horrible happens, Beth's uncle Scott comes to the rescue (not really). He blackmails her into coming to live with him and if she refuses, he's going to reveal this big secret about Beth's mother. And unfortunately for Beth, she loves her mom too much for her own good. This is where Isaiah and Ryan come into play. Let me tell you ahead of time that there is no love triangle in those. Though both boys love her, Beth only reciprocates feelings for one boy. And that's Ryan. But let me talk about Isaiah first. You get glimpses of him in the first book, Noah's book, Pushing the Limits. He's a very nice guy; who's covered in tattoos and fixes cars for a living. Along with that, he's deeply in love with Beth. He has been for a very long time. He knows what's best for her and does what's best for her. You see him in action a lot. He's constantly protecting Beth from her mom and her boyfriend. He's promising to run away with her. He's protective of her when Ryan comes into the picture. You can't help but love Isaiah.
But I didn't love Isaiah as much as I loved Ryan. He's a baseball player who doesn't lose. Never. His two best friends are Chris and Logan, also ball players. He dated the hottest girl in the school before calling it quits. Colleges are chasing after him. And he's an amazing writer according to his English teacher. But he's not as perfect as he seems. He's got some serious family problems. If I delve into them, I feel like I would be giving you all spoilers and this book is too good for those. Meeting Beth is coincidental, talking to her starts as a dare. But becomes much more than that very fast. This boy is so endearing and dreamy! Beth isn't an easy target so he fights for her. She pushes him away, he just fights for her even harder. God, this guy was perfection.
Now. Beth. She is my favorite female main character as of now. This girl was a mess. A funny, lovable, crude mess. She is a complete witch. To Isaiah, Ryan, her uncle Scott, his wife Allison, her teachers and probably everyone else. She doesn't want to live with her uncle, therefore she lets her anger loose on those around her. Deep down under the spawn of Satan is a girl who's struggling. She's trying to come to terms with where she's living, who she's schooling with and what her mom is going through. For a good half of the book, she's a complete devil but the more time she spends with the Ryan, the less of the 'f-word' we say. She becomes a complete softie and it makes you see how much better Ryan is for her than Isaiah. Beth and Isaiah and the exact same. They wouldn't be able to develop at all, but with Ryan, her complete opposite, she completely transforms herself. Best of all, you witness that major transformation. And I loved every minute of it.
The cover for Pushing the Limits was okay. Colors were too dark for me. The cover for Dare You To is one of the best I've ever seen. The people on the cover look so cute and the rain is the perfect add-on. The details are so sharp, it's unbelievable. What do you have to say about the cover?
Warning: This book talks about some heavy topics. Drugs, abuse, alcohol, abandonment, daddy issues etc. Also the language can get pretty bad.
Ultimately, this book touched my heart. Screw what I said before about never getting emotional with books. This one brought tears to my eyes.
Four stars
I feel like I'm giving out a lot of four stars. Am I? I don't know. Either I'm giving out way to many or I just have a really good taste in books and they deserve them. What do you think?