Monday, September 9, 2013

My Ramblings on Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
By: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Release Date: Oct. 26, 2010

“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 bestselling 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?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

My Ramblings:
The last line of the summary pretty much sums it up. This book does leave you wanting to peruse the bookstore shelves looking for a little magic. I bought this book a long time ago and for one reason or another is just kind of sat on the shelves until one day I just decided to pick it up... not totally unlike how Dash decided to pick up that red notebook. Sometimes it's just the right time for the right book. 

This is a fun read, and I loved trying to unwind the story right a long with Dash and Lily. Initially I thought it was going to be a long drawn out process before Dash and Lily discovered each other in person. Instead I found a story that was so much more then just passing notes and making dares. Not only do they have to figure each other out, but they spend a lot of time figuring out themselves too. They also deal with family and friends who alternately cheer them on and think they are a little bit crazy for continuing on with the dares. 

This one is definitely worth picking up- you'll have fun reading along as Dash and Lily try to outdo each other, smile as they start to break down each others barriers, and yes, you'll wish you had a red notebook of your own to dare with.