Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares
By Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
2010
260 pages

“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.”

Summary: (from Amazon because it is better than I could do)
Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favourite 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?

Review: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares was a charming and fun holiday read. Readers will enjoy the absurd and hilarious adventures that Dash and Lily each have as they make it more difficult to gain access to the notebook (Madam Tussards, pervert Santa and, yes, the scene where a baby flies through the air). The New York at Christmas setting also adds an enjoyable aspect to the book. However, the best part is Cohn and Levithan’s brilliant characterizations. Dash is charming, pessimistic and awkwardly brilliant, Lily has unabashed optimism and heart. Together, they make this book one of my favourite holiday stories.

Also by Rachel Cohn: Gingerbread, Shrimp, Cupcake, Very LeFreak
Also by David Levithan: Lover’s Dictionary, Boy Meets Boy, Love is the Higher Law
Also by Rachel AND David: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

David’s website: http://www.davidlevithan.com/
Rachel’s website: http://www.rachelcohn.com/

Rating: W4/4 C4/4 P3/4 O3/4 PP3/4 CR2.5/4
Grade: JS

3 comments:

Sarah said...

I thought this book was cute too. I liked both characters, but I really preferred Dash and his sections.

Sarah
That Bookish Girl

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

I haven't read this yet, but it sounds so darn sweet. I really want to read it. Great thoughts :)

melissa said...

You're right about the characterizations. Rachel and David are so good and bringing their characters right off the page - even the ones who only make small appearances.

 
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