Saturday, April 16, 2011

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

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Published: October 26th, 2010
Publisher: Knopf
Pages: 272
Challenge: 100+ Reading Challenge
Buy the book: Bookdepository

“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 Timesbestselling 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? 

Lily has left a red moleskine notebook in her favorite bookstore with a couple of dares for the lucky finder. Dash stumbles upon the notebook, and takes up the dares. The book evolves in a hunt for the answers they need to go on with their adventure. With help of some relatives and friends, they travel across the city while writing in the notebook.

This book was SO cute. And so funny! I was reading in the Ikea restaurant while I went furniture shopping, and there were some people giving me funny looks while I was actually laughing out loud. Yes, that was kind of awkward. But I couldn't help myself! In a funny and witty story written from both Dash' and Lily's perspective, we follow them around hunting for clues - and eachother. The feel of this book is a little Christmas-ish, since it takes place around Christmas, but I had a blast reading this book.

Both writers have a great writing style and are nice and sarcastic in their part. Personally, I found Dash' perspective funny right away (written by David), while it took me a chapter or two to find Lily's chapters (written by Rachel) equally funny. But after that, I caught myself laughing out loud. More than once (or twice). Besides being funny, it's such a cute romance story and somehow it reminded me a little of You've Got Mail, my favorite movie of all time.

If you haven't read this book - I'd recommend you pick up a copy.

My overall rating:

4.5 stars for Dash & Lily - because they're cute, funny and yes, sometimes quite snarly.

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