Monday, December 3, 2012

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Christmas time has always been Lily's favorite holiday. She gets into the holiday cheer and celebrates with her family.

Except this year, her parents are at Fiji for a belated honeymoon trip, her grandfather went to Florida to see his lady friend, and her brother, Langston, is so hooked on his boyfriend that he's not into the holiday cheer.

Happy Holidays to Lily.

Then her brother came up with an idea - create a notebook full of dares and hope that someone fun, smart, and male will take the dares to do throughout the holiday break. Lily had little hope that someone would play the daring game.

She was wrong.

Christmas is not a holiday that Dash particularly likes - and this year instead of spending it with one of his divorced parents, he's on his own while they celebrate in warmer areas than New York.

So when he saw the red notebook at the bookstore, he figured, "why not?" and filled in the missing pieces. But before giving it back to the designated bookseller, he made a dare of his own. And this is how Dash and Lily got their book of dares started.

Instead of dreading the holidays, Dash and Lily are now conversing to one another by daring each other do to random things - not illegal, well, not always, but just random events to get to know another another.

But will Dash live up to lily's expectations? Or will they forever be adequateness through the notebook, never to meet in person? All I have to say is, they are in for an interesting ride! Read Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan to join them on their adventure.

My Thoughts/Reflections
What a great story Levithan and Cohn created - again! And I love how both characters are book lovers - that's always a plus in my book!

Lily is a silly character. She has random acts and does really weird things, but if she wasn't weird than this book would not have been as entertaining with the certain dares she gives to Dash.

And Dash is so serious and grown up, knowing words at the age of 16 that I don't even know in my mid 20's! It was nice to see him loosen up and have fun during these dares.

By the way, if you're wondering, there are no bad, dirty dares in here. Just fun, simple dares that made the characters think and be creative.

There were a few times where I actually did laugh out loud, and couldn't stop thinking about the amusing scenes even after I read past them. I really enjoyed this book and thought it was very unique and entertaining, but also a story about trusting a stranger and getting to know a possible friend.

I think this would be suited for any readers. It alternates chapters by Lily and Dash's point of view, so we are able to see what they are thinking when they are making the new dares and when they create the other persons dares. And we also get to see a glimpse in their real life away from the dare book.

A great book. I am now converted to Levithan and Cohn's writing and will be making it a goal to read more of their works!

P.S. - if you actually look at my labels, which some may not, I only put "murder/mystery" there because there is a little bit of mystery as to what the dares would be and who the other person is. There is no murder in this novel. Just to clarify :)

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