Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Title: Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
Author: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release: October 26, 2010
“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”
So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?
Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.
I recently read Dash and Lily's Book of Dares when I got it from the library. It was my first book by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn, and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by how well the two authors writing flowed together and how seamless the book came across (for those of you who don't know, David wrote the Dash parts and Rachel wrote Lily's). They also introduced me to a lot of new words while I read this book. The characters Dash and Lily were both very well developed and fun to read about. Dash was total anti-Christmas while Lily adored the holiday. Though they were complete opposites, they still worked well as love interests towards each other. I loved some of the lesser characters as well like Sophia and Boomer. Both of these characters brought hilarity and seriousness into the story. Speaking of the story, man did this storyline ever take the reader on a roller coaster ride, with everything from amber alerts to downtown New York at Christmastime. Overall, I would give Dash and Lily's Book of Dares 4.5/5. The only thing that brought down the grade was the fact that Dash and Lily's Book of Dares was very seasonal, with it being set at Christmastime and I would highly recommend that you read it in December rather than in March. Plus the cover is just gorgeous! I mean they even incorporated hearts into the snow flakes, but it still looks realistic. I love the colours and how bright it is and how they worked the title and names into the street post and signs! It came together very well!