Hello everyone! Happy holidays! I said that when we found a good book to recommend that we would tell you about it. I have one. I read it a while ago but I listened to the audio version over the weekend and remembered how much I loved it. So here we go.
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
“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.”
16-year-old Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on her favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. Dash, in a bad mood during the holidays, happens to be the first guy to pick up the notebook and rise to its challenges.
What follows is a whirlwind romance as Dash and Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City. But can their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions, or will their scavenger hunt end in a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?
Co-written by Rachel Cohn (GINGERBREAD) and David Levithan, co-author of WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON with John Green (THE FAULT IN OUR STARS), DASH & LILY’S BOOK OF DARES is a love story that will have readers scouring bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.
My Review: It should be noted that I don’t agree with this book description. While it is possible that I missed all of the epic romantic moments, I think it’s unlikely. I found this book to be about two people who learn about themselves while they learn about each other. They pass a notebook back and forth without meeting until almost the middle of the story. Okay it’s more like three quarters, but that is what makes this story so great. There isn’t a single dull moment. The dares are what keep the story going. That’s what I liked most about this story. Okay, that’s probably not exactly true. I also loved that this story takes place during the days leading up to Christmas and goes all the way to New Year’s morning.
Lily’s love of Christmas is infectious. So is Dash’s love of words. (He wants the entire OED for Christmas.) They are perfectly balanced characters. Dash is a bit surly but also kind and thoughtful even though he doesn’t always want to be. Lily is mostly laid back and fun but don’t cross the Lily-bear. You’ll be very sorry.
This book is just so much fun. I don’t think that it matters that they’re teenagers that are abandoned at Christmas. This story will be fun to anyone. Lily’s parents take a very belated trip to Fiji. Dash uses the fact that his parents don’t speak to one another to get a vacation for himself. You see, his parents had a very nasty divorce and he’s smart. He tells his mother that he’s spending the holidays with his father and he tells his father he’s spending the holidays with his mother so both sets of parents go on vacation. It’s genius. It’s brilliant! He is free to wander the city and dare.
The dares that Dash and Lily go on are not dangerous. They simply take the characters out of their comfort zone. Even when Dash sends Lily to a club at three a.m. it’s under the supervision of two trusted friends. (Lily doesn’t know it.) And when Lily sends Dash to Macy’s- well, Lily has family everywhere.
This is a charming tale that takes place in New York City at Christmas. What could possibly be better than that? It’s a complete adventure. And the characters really make this story great.
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