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Contemporary
Dare You To
By Ann
Jun 1, 2013 - 7:58:39 PM

Beth Risk is in a tough situation.  Her mother is on probation and when she gets into trouble, Beth takes responsibility to prevent her mother from going to jail.  The problem is that Beth has no backup plan and when the dust settles, she finds herself suddenly living with her uncle Scott and his wife, Allison back in their old hometown of Groveton, where Scott and Beth’s trailer park past is difficult not only for them to forget but for the town.  Ryan Stone is Groveton’s baseball hero who goes after Beth on a dare.  It should be an easy score but Beth is anything but which only intrigues Ryan more, especially when he finds out that Scott is one of his idols.  As Ryan and Beth get closer, they find that they aren’t so different after all.


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.



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