Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares

Title: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares
Author: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Reading Level: Young Adult
Location: YA Cohn R.

On one of Dash's trips to the Strand, a huge book store in New York City, he finds a red moleskin notebook placed on the shelf between two books by his favorite author. When he opens them up, he finds the words:

"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."

Unable to resist the temptation, he follows the clues, writes the answers in and leaves the notebook. What follows is a back and forth game between Dash and Lily, the owner of the red notebook, that leads them all over the city. What was looking like a boring Christmas break turns into a game that neither wants to end. Should they risk losing what they built together for the chance to meet and maybe have something more?

This book does a good job of capturing how it's sometimes easier to be closer to someone you've never met. The characters are quirky and flawed, which I always like. Maybe my favorite part of the book is the feeling you get of New York City at Christmas. I would love to go on some of the adventures that Dash and Lily "dare" each other to do. The book is about the romance, but it's also about knowing who you are, stretching yourself and just getting out there.

The two authors have a unique style of writing. David Levithan wrote a chapter from Dash's prespective, then he would email it on to Rachel Cohn to write a chapter for Lily. Neither knew what the other one would write before it happened which mirrored how it was for Lily and Dash. Levithan and Cohn are also the authors of Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist and Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List.

The Bottom Line:
This is one of the best Christmas books I've read. It's a novel idea with believable characters and a great setting. I'm definitely going to check out their other books after reading this.

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