Dare You To by Katie McGarry
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...
I seem to go through phases and I'll be honest and say that right now I'm all over these YA/NA novels... I don't know if it's because I want a reminder of what it's like to be young and fall in love or if this is just the genre that's doing it for me right now... but I do know that I've read some amazingly sweet YA/NA novels lately that have kept me in a constant state of happiness.
Dear sweet Beth Risk has not had an easy life and I mean it's amazing that this girl has turned out to be the young woman she is growing to be. She's got a filthy mouth and is so sarcastic even my eyes bugged out a few times... but underneath it all she's really just a sweet teenaged girl looking for someone who will love her unconditionally.
Ryan is the boy who is not what he seems. He's popular, he's smokin' hot, he's a stellar athlete, he's smart, he's who every girl wants to be with and every guy wants to be... but there is WAY more to him than that and in all honesty he doesn't even want everything that comes with being Ryan Stone.
Beth and Ryan are a couple that you'd never think would work... but they do. They bring out the best in each other and their love is sweet and pure. He's willing to do whatever it takes to be with her and she's willing to sacrifice her own happiness for his.
Dare You To is definitely one I'd recommend for a sweet yet intense beach read for the summer!