Title: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares
Author: David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publisher Date: 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 read this book in three hours on the train – it was that good and I just could not put it down! Funny enough, I read this on my birthday (December 26), which was perfect because the book takes place over the Christmas holiday. Dash & Lily may become one of my holiday rereads every year.
I absolutely loved the back-and-forth dialogue between Dash and Lily. The authors did such a great job giving each character a distinctive voice so it was never confusing as to who was speaking. I enjoyed the internal dialogue of the characters the most. It was so much fun to hear their thoughts and see first-hand what was going through their minds as they passed the notebook back and forth.
I kept cracking up at all of the grammatical questions Dash and Lily would ponder about throughout the book. Is the plural of a Wii Wiii? Is it Macy’s’s? Being the word nerd that I am, these questions made me laugh out loud.
And speaking of laughing out loud…I got the WEIRDEST looks when I started laughing out loud on the train. And it happened often. The poor guy trying to nap next to me must have wanted to kill me. And page 152…I almost choked on my pretzels after I read one of the best quotes I have ever read. I won’t share it here because it might be mildly inappropriate (and show my immaturity) but I highly suggest you take a look when/if you read the book.
Even though the book is set over the holidays, Dash & Lily is the perfect read for any time of year. I am now convinced that I must read every other book David Levithan and Rachel Cohn have ever written!
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