Book 2 in Katie McGarry’s award-winning, powerful and romantic Pushing the Limits series, perfect for fans of Jennifer L. Armentrout, Stephanie Perkins and Simone Elkeles!
"Everything—setting, characters, romance—about this novel works and works well." —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Well-paced, satisfying romance." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"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 come live with him and an aunt who doesn’t want her there.
Now she’s starting over in a school where she doesn’t fit in. At all. Except with 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 and suddenly, the boy with the flawless image is risking his future for the girl he loves. And the girl who shouldn’t let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all….
Originally published in May 2013.
Tattooed, pierced "skater girl" Beth and high school baseball star Ryan narrate alternating chapters of this coming-of-age love story that begins with a dare and escalates into a gritty and erotic trust-building exercise. The staid suburbs of Louisville, Ky., and the city's perilous underbelly provide divergent backdrops to the story's emotional and physical dangers. Raised on opposite sides of the tracks, both teens contend with selfish, manipulative parents who use their children to satisfy their own desires; both also have mentors and family members offering guidance and support. While threats to undermine the couple's growing affection come in multiple forms (Ryan's appearance-obsessed community, Beth's compulsive efforts to rescue her drug-addicted mother) McGarry (Pushing the Limits) captures their greatest obstacle: the aching vulnerability underlying Beth's tough exterior: "Fairy-tales happen, just not to me. Time to tell the prince he rescued the wrong girl." Sex, drugs, profanity, and violence, as well as subplots about loved ones who escaped town for emotional survival, heighten the dramatic tension but don't disguise the wholesome, girl-next-door quality of this well-paced, satisfying romance. Ages 14 up.
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This is the best book I’ve ever read. Ryan is the sweetest boy I’ve ever read about. He’s so in love with Beth who broken from the abuse and trauma in her life. She feels she could never be loved but Ryan shows her how amazing she truly is. I wish Ryan was a real person because he is an amazing person♥️.