**An ARC was provided by the publisher (thank you!)**
My brain is a bowl of over cooked, mushy, slimy spaghetti right now. But even in this deranged state of mind, I can process and understand the forte and artistry McGarry has woven yet again. Call the firefighters! Alert the neighbours! Sound the alarms! We've got ourselves another immaculate conception!
I don't want to go into too much detail, since the release date is months away, but the characters in DYT are so realistic and will you guys be my friends? Beth? Isaiah? Lace? RYAN? What I loved is that although the romance was the main focus, it wasn't the only attraction. I really enjoyed getting to meet Lace and watching her friendship with Beth grow was so beautiful. Ryan's friends were surprisingly likable as well! Chris and Lace's romance took a backseat, but it added depth to what could have easily been a one-sided (admittedly hot) affair.
I've heard that some people got annoyed with Beth's character, but I actually found her to be a breath of fresh air. I loved the fact that she had scars and flaws, I admired her devotion (even though it was a tad infuriating) to her addicted Mother, and her friendship with Isaiah broke my heart. The knowledge that his story's currently in the works is all that kept me going. Ryan was a sweetheart, y'all! He's not by any means a 'bad-boy', and to be quite frank, I'm surprised I fell for him, I didn't think he was my type. Actually, who am I kidding, my type is just 'guy'...
Dare You To is intricately composed of multi-dimentional relationships that sneakily and craftily add profundity and variation to the plot. Instead of just reading sizzling love scenes (which, come on, I don't quite mind either), we got to experience Beth's rocky relationship with her fragile mom, and Ryan's first-class family problems. It was touching to watch them go through all the hardships together, and even more rewarding to see them try and reach out, even when it must have killed.
McGarry's breathtaking romances are unmatched, and always will be. Book lovers and hopeless romantics everywhere: hold on to your hats, get ahold of your skivvies, and prepare to be blown away by the intensity, passion and indubitable sincerity that is the core of Dare You To.
If you like this, try:
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Crush by Nicole Williams
Perfect Chemistry by Simon Elkeles