DASH & LILY'S BOOK OF DARES by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Released: October 2010
Review Format: Hardcover (bought)
Read: November 2010
Goodreads 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."
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?
My thoughts: My first thought when I finished this book were how I wish I'd waited a little while longer to read it. How it would have been that perfect read for Christmas week when all the decorations are up and the festivities are well under way.
The chapters in the book are divided between Lily and Dash, starting with Dash finding the notebook in his favourite book store. I laughed out loud at some of those first dares Lily had set for him. I loved that Lily and Dash were both down to earth, normal if not a little quirky, teenagers and I enjoyed their sense of fun and imagination, their honesty with each other whilst writing in the notebook and also finding out more about them in their 'real' world. Their characters really drew me and made me want to know more. Dash's friend, Boomer was hilarious, as were the array of family and friends bought into the story. All real characters in their own right. I think my favourite sub character was Lily's great aunt, Mrs Basil E. I loved the way she backed Lily up and helped in her mission to find Dash, even when it meant bending the truth a little and using just a touch of bribery.
I must mention the cover, as it's one of my favourites this year. It just looks so Christmassy and it really is perfect for the story.
This is a well written, enjoyable and funny read. I would definitely recommend it, especially if you can get a copy to read over the holidays.
My rating: 4 stars