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 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…
The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind.
Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.
But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.
This is a two-fer review for Katie McGarry’s Dare You To and Crash Into You.
Note: I have not read Pushing the Limits which is the first in the series. I plan to circle back around to it later. I received Dare You To and Crash Into You through NetGalley.
What I Liked About the Books:
These were two great, fast reads. One of the things I loved about them was the voice of the characters. In Dare You To, Beth is a tough girl who has had a less than ideal life. She’s in high school but she’s basically been raising herself. In Crash Into You, Isiah has skipped out of foster care and is trying to make ends meet in an adult world (he’s still 17). These are not your average YA narrators from upper middle class homes. Beth and Isiah are a breath of fresh air in a genre that still tends to struggle with getting anything but the privileged upper middle class mentality. It’s nice to read about kids that came out of terrible situations and managed to survive and thrive.
I liked Crash Into You a bit more than Dare You To, in part because I really liked Isiah and the way he was written more than I liked Ryan. Both books rely on the opposites attract angle, but that’s not a bad thing, not with characters this well-written. I also really liked that the series as a whole focuses on different characters that have been introduced in previous books and that McGarry changes things up in terms of narrators. There are other stories to explore and she’s peopled her series with really interesting side characters that a reader wants to know more about.
What I Didn’t Like About the Books:
Very little bothered me about these books. I think they were fun reads. The only thing that I would say is that I don’t necessarily think these titles fall under YA. When I was reading, the voices gave me a real feel of New Adult. It could just be the characters having been through so much, but I think this series straddles the line of YA and NA in places.
Who Should Read:
I would say readers of edgy YA and those who like Abbi Glines and Cora Carmack.