Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Publisher/Year: Harlequin October 26th 2010
Genre: YA Contemporary/Realistic Fiction and… Christmas!
Other Books from Authors: Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
I’ve received this for review by the publisher via Netgalley but that in no way swayed my opinions, promise!
“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 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.
Why have I not read this already?? Just December last year, I was reading all the raving reviews, while secretly imagining that I left a red moleskin notebook in a bookstore and some cute guy picked it up… EEEEE!!!
*Serious Alicia whacks Fangirl Alicia*
Ok so. I really enjoyed Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares! It was cute and swoony and such an addicting read that I finished in a single day. It was fantastic in weaving together this story of family, heartbreak, and then a wild chase of love between the 2 least possible people ever. The moment I finished this, I knew I had to do something to my List of Favourite Contemporaries, and I’m dying to read other book from Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist!
The story starts with Dash finding a red moleskin notebook hidden on the shelves of a renowned NY bookshop, The Strand. On its pages are instructions for a dare by a mysterious girl. Dash, an incredibly bookish, Christmas-hating and snarly 16 years old, accepts the dare and starts a series of events, one more hilarious than the other, which will bring the two teens to chase each other around New York City in a witty comedy. The plot is absolutely incredible and creative, you’ll be flabbergasted by what dares Dash and Lily come up with. Yes I mean it, your flabber will be gasted. I was eating while reading the part about Santa and I ended up laughing with spaghetti dangling off my mouth. MOST. UNSIGHTLY. EVER.
I have to be honest though– Dash’s “snarly” behaviour annoyed the hell out me. He likes to parade about with bombastic adjectives, and behaves more old school than my discipline mistress. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading the story from his perspective, and I warmed up to him and his snarky voice in the end. We also have Lily, a bizarre misfit who loves everything about Christmas. She’s witty and quirky and flawed in the right ways, which made her very relatable. I loved Dash and Lily’s exchanges on the red notebook, especially when they unknowingly pen down their loneliness, insecurity, family problems… and opening up their life story to a stranger who will understand. It seems like they know each other without knowing each other at all.
David Levithan and Rachel Cohn are some big authors out there, and this book definitely grabbed my attention as authors whose works I’ll keep buying. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares have complex characters with authentic voices, really fun and witty writing, romance that doesn’t overshadow other really great moments in this story and a journey that has me grinning for days after. Also, a shout-out to the secondary cast in this story, loved how they were each unique and play some significant parts in the story! *waggles eyebrows*
Keep this in your summer reading bag! Christmas works for summer, who knew? ;)
Have you read this one? LOVE IT? Hate it? Tell me!