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"I dare you..."

If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and 17-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock - with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams - and his life - for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....

©2013 Katie McGarry (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Jason Brown
  • 2014-06-12

a classic tale told in a great new way

What did you love best about Dare You To?

this book is so far outside of what I normally read/listen to but I was in the mood for a sappy love story that had a happy ending. I picked this book because it was in the teen section and was more likely to end well. its an old story a girl/guy from the wrong side of the tracks falls in love with a member of high society, but it was told very well. I think the best part for me was how the author told the story from both of the lovers perspectives' and managed to bring them both to life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Beth, she managed to overcome so much adversity though out the book and even though she only did it because of the help of others she did do it, and looking at her mom in comparison it just proves that you have to want to change before you can.

Have you listened to any of Brittany Pressley and Christopher Gebauer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

this is a first for me with both of the narrators but I was impressed and thought they sounded good together, the only think that did not jive well was the voice difference they used for Beth's mother it was a small thing but it did stand out to me.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes, I normally don't say that in this section but I can say that I did not want to put this book down I even stayed up half the night listening to it knowing I had to work in the morning. I was riveted to the drama of the story.

Any additional comments?

again this is not the type of book I normally listen to or read but I think I just may revisit this author and get the other books in this series...the ones available on audible anyway.

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  • Katherine
  • 2013-08-28

Country boy meets big city girl - worlds collide

This is not your typical YA romance book. For example, there are no "good girl falls for the bad boy" moments in this one. In fact it's just the opposite. Ryan is an all-American good guy and Beth is a chain-smoking, foul-mouthed party girl. They love each other deeply but have many emotional and physical challenges to over come. I loved listening to their journey. This book reminded me alot of "The Sea of Tranquility", however, it wasn't quite as good as that one.
This was an enjoyable listen that was well worth my credit!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-09-19

It was addictive

Didn't want it to end! Sad that it ended really really wish there was a second book.

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  • Bee
  • 2013-11-19

CAN!

Ok so I loved this book. The story is compelling with just enough depth and the romance is the perfect mix of hot, sticky, and sweet.

Katie McGarry's book Pushing the Limits is not a must read, but would give you a different perspective on the main character before starting this one.

The male reader is eh.. alright, but the female is fantastic!

Overall I recommend Dare You To to any lover of YA fiction.

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  • NEW NAME
  • 2013-08-16

Ahhh....that's what I needed!

Okay first let me say that TECHNICALLY this is book 2...audible hasn't linked them but it is, Pushing the Limits was book 1...BUT....this is a fine stand alone read, I should know because I didn't read book 1 and other than a few references I wasn't lost.

Secondly...this IS a young adult novel...emphasis on adult. If the "F" bomb is not to your liking AVOID this book! But if you are looking for some graphic steamy romance in a step by step how to manual format...well this is not the book for you either! It is a romance, but it is PG-13, not R, or X!

I don't think the blurb does it justice so let me just say golden boy meets girl from the wrong side of the tracks...he lifts her out of her self made heck hole...and she brings him down from being perfect. Beth has a good heart, but she did not win the parent lottery, she loves her mom, but will that love in turn get her killed? Ryan has known his whole life that he wants to play baseball at the pro level...that is until Beth came along and made him question what it is that HE wants...will these two be able to get on the same page...or will this be just another chapter in their lives.

This story was really nice...one of my biggest pet peeves in books is when the writer makes up drama for the sake of drama...and that didn't happen here. These "kids" have some tough issues they deal with....bad upbringings, police involvement, estranged family members, friends that want to be more than friends, homophobic parents, small town mentalities, and above all is it possible to love someone too much.

Great read, highly recommend it...but while it will interest you, it won't keep you on the edge of your seat. Is it worth $20??? Well...probably not, but for sure credit worthy!



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  • Greisha Cintrón
  • 2019-02-27

Favorite Book

This is my favorite book ever! I’m absolutely in love with this book. It’s not a typical YA book and it’s so unpredictable and I love it!!!

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  • Val
  • 2019-01-16

CAN!!

THE NARRATORS ARE THE BEST!! Omg, Katie McGarry is soooooooo great!!! I love this story about Beth and Ryan. I love how Ryan was able to see the “real”, to see her clearly of who she truly is from the inside out. I love how Beth finally let go the past, how Ryan wanted her to bring out the present for her and vice verse. I don’t want to give too much about the story here. I guess I recommend y’all to please, read it. This made my heart melt for both of them together. I am going to read the next book as well- all about Isaiah! Very excited!

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  • NM
  • 2014-09-28

Dare You To not enjoy this book...

If you could sum up Dare You To in three words, what would they be?

1. Non-stop.
2. Emotive.
3. Perfect.

What other book might you compare Dare You To to and why?

Katie McGarry's books are all set in the same universe--characters that are connected, etc. I love them all! Such drama, such incredible character building. Amazing! Read them all, loved them all.

What about Brittany Pressley and Christopher Gebauer ’s performance did you like?

They both do a good job bringing across not only their main characters, but the different personalities of the supportings as well.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Hmm... There are so many parts of this book that seriously had my heart racing and cursing the end of my commute--I just wanted to keep listening! Beth was frustrating because I wanted so much better for her and she was self-destructive. I felt for her!

Any additional comments?

Amazing. Never regret using credits for Katie McGarry's books!

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  • Monique
  • 2014-05-26

Really Good

Where does Dare You To rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'd rank Dare You To in my top 5.

What other book might you compare Dare You To to and why?

I'd compare Pushing the Limits or Falling Into Us to Dare just because of the issues that happen throughout this story and the YA feel of it.

Which character – as performed by Brittany Pressley and Christopher Gebauer – was your favorite?

I liked the way Brittany performed Beth's character.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was able to hold back any tears but I did laugh a couple of times. I was also a bit angry a couple of times.

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  • Blum
  • 2014-05-09

male and female narrators

If you could sum up Dare You To in three words, what would they be?

Ah it is to hard,

but here are some general thoughts when thinking about this book

-first person rotating male/female point of view
-loyalty
-love
-abuse

What other book might you compare Dare You To to and why?

This book is similar to the authors other stories, they follow a very similar story line. High schoolers, trouble with their home/family life, find each other, fall in love, and are very loyal to each other.

Have you listened to any of Brittany Pressley and Christopher Gebauer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not that I am aware of, but they did a great job on this one. It was very enjoyable to be able to listen to both a male and female narrator. It makes the book a little less corny sounding.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes it was, I didn't want to stop listening.

Any additional comments?

definitely worth checking out, it is a YA type story, love and romance, but no real steam. Very PG-13, but it had a great story line, that kept you interested and on your toes about what would happen.