Saturday, November 27, 2010

Dash & Lilly's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

Book review #61
Dash & Lilly's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
Rating: Five stars
“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 Times 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?

I can honestly say I loved everything and anything about Dash & Lilly's Book of Dares. Imagine a cozy holiday winter setting in New York complete with two unique characters who love to read that form a romance through a notebook and a set of dares. Alternating between Dash and Lilly's point of view readers are in for a real treat. 

Dash and Lilly were simply wonderful characters to read about. Dash was described as "snarly" and smart. Lilly was strong-willed and lovable (and crazy!), it's actually hard to describe her she has a personality that's not common in YA. Actually Dash and Lilly were kind of weird, but that's what  I loved the most about them. The fact that they loved to read and spent their free time at the bookstore, was definitely a high point.  I love reading about main characters like me-a total and complete bookie. The smaller characters helped complete the book, each one helping transport and share clues about the notebook to Dash and Lilly. They all added to the book, making it that much better.

The concept and the setting of the book really made this one a winner. The time period of a couple of days before Christmas to New Years put readers in the winter/holiday spirit. Not to mention it was absolutely hilarious, there were so many laugh out loud/roll on the floor laughing moments (to me personally hehe). It was also so fun to see what crazy dares each character dared the other- you got to see cool places in New York. Dash and Lilly cover everything from sitting on Santa's lap, making muppets, to going to night club. The notebook not only contained dares, but a question or journal entry along with each dare, that's where the romance began. Dash and Lilly formed a connection, a sense of longing to the each other-or the persons the notebook held? 

Dash & Lilly's Book of Dares makes me happy, it's one of those books that can make you smile just thinking about it. There so much I have to say about this book, that it's quite difficult to review. The bottom line is if you are looking for a funny holiday romance book topped with a unique plot then most definitely pick this one up. I could even see myself rereading this one :)


Melanie said...

I've wanted to reread this since the moment I closed it after the first read. Such a fun book! It made me laugh like crazy, too :)

~The Book Pixie said...

This sounds like a really great read and it is on my wishlist! The characters sound very relatable and the plot sounds fun. Thanks for the review! Looking forward to this one even more now. :D


Bere said...

Hey Sara! How are you? I hope you're doing fantastic. Wonderful review, as always! I really can't wait to read Dash & Lilly's Book of Dares. This one sounds like so much fun! Awww, I really can't wait. So glad to hear you really loved it. Thanks so much Sara. It's so great to read one of your reviews! =)

alisonwonderland said...

I have this on my to-read list. I'm glad to hear that you loved it so much. I'm definitely in the mood for something that makes me smile!

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ahhhh, so lucky what an awesome list of books!!!

Jess :)