Dash & Lily’s Book Of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan left me with a void. YA, where are your Halloween books? Your Valentines books? Your holiday themed books? Readers, Dash & Lily’s Book Of Dares is SO charming and festive! I want more. I am hungry for more holiday reads and this took my Scrooge-like spend nothing mood and made me feel more like when the Grinch’s heart swells.
The plot of Dash & Lily’s Book Of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan opens with Dash, penned by David Levithan, browsing the shelves of his favorite bookstore, The Strand, when he comes across a strange red moleskin notebook. Inside is a dare. Of course, he takes it, unleashing a game of Truth Or Dare, in the sense that the notebook contains dares BUT they write their truths within, between him and Lily – a softhearted dog lover who is full of Christmas cheer. The dares take the two throughout NYC and really bring out the best of the city.
On Dash: At first, I was like ‘what a pretentious twat’, because Dash is constantly using big words and calling himself things like Erudite. BUT, then we readers see Dash is just in love with words and likes to use them. He is a bit snarly, but there’s a reason for that. ALSO his friend Boomer deserves a shout out, because he is awesome.
On Lily: Oh my goodness! Lily could have been my friend in high school. She’s the weird girl with this zest for life. I love that. I love that she isn’t jaded. Also, she has this big huge family which I could totally relate to, because I have one as well. All the scenes with her Great Aunt Ida are worth reading – twice. Right, so with Lily she learns this sort of courage through the red notebook dares and to not be afraid to leave the protective cloak of her family. I like that. I like seeing her change.
If I wasn’t reading a library copy of Dash & Lily’s Book Of Dares, I would commit the cardinal crime of dog earring SO many pages. I think David Levithan and Rachel Cohn are a winning combination. I thought the voices were believable once I got past my reluctance (see pretentious twat above). ALSO I am going to buy Dash & Lily’s Book Of Dares so I can trot it out every Christmas and read it.
Disclosure: Borrowed from my local library.