Title: Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
Authors: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Published: October 26th 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: Arc received from Around The World
Synopsis: “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.
Thoughts: Absolutely adorable. Dash and Lily's Book of Dares is one of those fun, light reads best enjoyed on a cool winter night, with a cup of hot chocolate and a snuggie. This book reminds you of all the things you love about the holidays and, of course, New York. Though I've only been once, I can picture New York during the hectic holidays through Dash & Lily's eyes. Who knew it could be so much fun?!
The book alternates between Dash to Lily's POVs. Their only way of communicating is through a redskin journal Lily purposely left at her favorite bookshop. In order to get it from one another, they each must perform tasks/dares the other person has specially arranged. Let me tell you, some of these dares, while not extremely crazy (such as jumping off the Empire State Building), are 100% hilarious and humiliating. What's so great about this is, neither character seems to care. To be a teenager and not care what other people think? Awesome.
Though I did enjoy Lily's point of view, my favorite between the two was definitely Dash's. He has his own sarcastic, verbose way of speaking I just couldn't get enough of. Yes, he is a cynic and yes, can be a jerk at times, but you can't say he's not witty and entertaining!
As far as secondary characters go (and there are quite a few), one of my absolute favorites was Boomer. He's Dash's friend and interacts with both main characters. You see how both Dash and Lily view him and as far as literary characters go, he's a winner! It's hard to describe him without spoiling anything. Lets just say he's one of those energetic puppies you fall for instantly. I wouldn't necessarily categorize Boomer as swoon-worthy, but I would definitely befriend him.
**Fair warning, this book will make you crave Christmas cookies so bad. I'm serious. At times, I felt my mouth watering. **
Honestly, I could go on and on about Dash & Lily's Book of Dares. A part of me wishes to fly out to New York during the holidays and experience everything they did first hand. While that's probably not going to happen (dang you, family, for all living in Texas!), at least I can live this experience vicariously through Dash and Lily.
If you're looking for an entertaining and fanciful read (especially due to induced stress because of the holidays syndrome), I highly recommend reading Dash & Lily's Book of Dares. It will cheer you up in a heart beat!