You Wouldn't Dare
by Samantha Markum
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Pub Date 28 Mar 2023 | Archive Date 11 Apr 2023
St. Martin's Press, Wednesday Books
"Perfect for fans of Nina Moreno, Gilmore Girls, and Sarah Dessen, You Wouldn't Dare will wrap you up in a sun-drenched, salt-scented hug and refuse to let you go." - Amanda Quain, author of Accomplished: A Georgie Darcy Novel
A rom com about trying to have the summer of your life before everything changes - only to realize change might be exactly what you need...
When Juniper Nash Abreheart kissed Graham Isham for the first time, she had no idea it would nearly be the end of their friendship.
More specifically, she had no idea that the terrible, unforgivable thing she did to keep their summer fling a secret wouldn’t just ruin their friendship, but also Graham’s entire life. Now, months since the fallout, Junie and Graham spend most of their time sidestepping conversational landmines on the journey back to normalcy.
Junie is sure the strangeness between her and Graham is her biggest problem - until her mom hires Tallulah, her boyfriend’s surly teenage daughter, to work at their family café, and then announces they’ll all be moving in together at the end of the summer. The only bright spot ahead is Junie’s dad’s upcoming visit, just in time for her community theater production. And then poor turnout soon threatens that.
But when Junie starts to realize the feelings she swore to take care of last summer have lingered, saving her production and managing her hostile relationship with Tallulah might be the least of her problems. Graham isn’t just off limits - their friendship has been mended to barely withstand a breeze, and the gale force of Junie’s feelings could be just what breaks them.
Samantha Markum’s You Wouldn’t Dare is about the risks and triumphs that come with being brave enough to take a chance at what you really want, including love.
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You Wouldn't Dare delivered a full dose of cuteness. Junie and Graham were both so well developed and the challenges of friends to lovers, were really well handled and relatable.
In addition to the romance that I was rooting so hard for, setting and writing style really kept me hooked. This has been so much fun and I wish Samantha Markum the best with this release.
If you enjoy lighthearted, lively YA contemporary, you absolutely need to add this to your TBRs.
A special thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press & Wednesday Books for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
You Wouldn’t Dare is another incredible book by Samantha Markum.
The story is the perfect combination of romance, drama, friendship, and chaos. It made me laugh, cheer for the characters, worry about them, sigh and be frustrated over their actions, and so much more. The friendship between the core four is absolutely beautiful. It has flaws, just like all things in life, but they are always there for each other no matter what.
I really loved all of the characters. They all showed so much growth throughout the story.
Overall, this is an amazing book by a great author. I can’t wait to read her next one.
I’ve been unable to stop thinking about this book for days. Samantha Markum writes soft romances and messy teenage girls like no other, and her beautiful sophomore novel left me breathless!
I was thrilled when I got the email to review this book! I absolutely loved her debut novel and was so excited to read this one! You Wouldn’t Dare follows Junie and her friends trying to figure out how to have the perfect summer! The small Florida town feels warm and inviting and the characters are so well thought out. Friends to lovers is always a winner and a community that feels like family is even better. Also, I could talk about Graham forever!!!!
Definitely a reread for sure!