Tuesday, February 4, 2014

BOOK REVIEW; DASH & LILY'S BOOK OF DARES BY RACHEL COHN AND DAVID LEVITHAN

Book: Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
Authors: Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Publisher:Knopf Books, 2010
Pages: 260
Rating: ****/5 stars
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Review: 

As Christmas loomed upon the internet in the month of December, I saw many book bloggers reading Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. Having read many of David Levithan's book before and loved the movie adaptation of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, I knew this book needed to be on my Christmas list. I asked my sister and future brother-in-law if they could get me this book for  Christmas and sure enough, they did. Unfortunately, it meant they had ordered the book because it was not in stock and it would come in early January. So by the end of January it was in my very interested hands and I devoured this book.

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares is a love story featuring two teenagers, Dash and Lily. Dash, the cynical bah humbug was in a bookstore when he came across a red book with instructions. Upon following those instructions, Dash goes on an adventure with a girl named Lily who he doesn't even know. Lily's older brother was supposed to keep an eye on her over the Christmas holidays while their parents were in Fiji. Instead of doing what they ask, he sets up a fun adventure for Lily to carry through.

I adored the characters in this book. Dash is the description I would have advertised for someone I was looking to date and Lily reminds me of myself in many ways. I found the adventure to be so enticing and something you could see happening to characters in the movies. While the plot was a bit far-fetched at times, I think that was the magic of it. The magical idea of letting yourself go on an adventure with instructions from a book can be so interesting to me.

I remember in 2009/2010 it was really popular to write nerdfighter notes in books in bookstores and this concept of leaving a book with instructions to a total stranger remind me of that. I also really enjoyed Dash and Boomer's friendship especially towards the end when Dash realizes that when he needs someone, Boomer is always there.

The reason I am giving Dash & Lily's Book of Dares 4/5 stars is because by the end of the book I wasn't entirely interested. The NYE festivities left me feeling a little nonplussed when reading them and I wasn't begging to find out what happens because I felt I already did know what happens. Overall, I loved the book but I would have enjoyed a more enjoyable ending.

Have you read Dash & Lily's Book of Dares? If so, what did you like about the book? Did you not like it?

Happy Reading,
Tara

P.S.
Currently reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and um, how did Rowell know me so well? I was Cath at 18-years-old right down to the slash fanfiction.

2 comments:

  1. I've been wanting to read this for a while. I'm glad you enjoyed it! I'll have to remember to pick up a copy soon! Thanks for sharing! :D

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  2. Yes, this book was a great read. I wanted to read it around Christmas time but I got it a bit late. I would recommend reading it over the holidays for 100% enjoyment!

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