DARE YOU TO starts off like a cliché when a high school jock is dared to go after the outcast girl but it turned into so much more. What begins as a bet for Ryan became a journey of acceptance and self-discovery for him. Beth showed him that he shouldn’t be afraid of his talents but embrace them and to accept all of his family members, warts and all. In turn, Ryan showed Beth that she had to stop running from her new life in Groveton. She also had to let go and let others help her if she wanted to be happy. It was easier for her to exist in her old life than forge a future. Some of the secondary characters are from PUSHING THE LIMITS but even though I didn’t read it, I felt I could still follow along without any problems. Ms. McGarry writing about small town gossip and family expectations is easily identifiable in any setting and I kept reading until the end to see if Beth and Ryan would be able to overcome it all. DARE YOU TO overcomes the clichés to bring the golden boy and the social outcast together in dramatic fashion. It will be interesting to see what Ms. McGarry has next up her sleeve.