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Friday, February 1, 2013

Review: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares

Author(s): Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Release Date: October 26, 2010
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 260
Source: Bought
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Summary:  “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 ofNick & 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 Favorite Lines: Warning, there will be a lot.

Quotes of David's:
“You think fairy tales are only for girls? Here's a hint - ask yourself who wrote them. I assure you, it wasn't just the women. It's the great male fantasy - all it takes is one dance to know that she's the one. All it takes is the sound of her song from the tower, or a look at her sleeping face. And right away you know - this is the girl in your head, sleeping or dancing or singing in front of you. Yes, girls want their princes, but boys want their princesses just as much. And they don't want a very long courtships. They want to know immediately.”

“I was horribly bookish, to the point of coming right out and saying it, which I knew was not socially acceptable. I particularly loved the adjective bookish, which I found other people used about as often as ramrod or chum or teetotaler.” 
Quotes of Rachel's
“The important people in our lives leave imprints. They may stay or go in the physical realm, but they are always there in your heart, because they helped form your heart. There's no getting over that.” 

“I've always resented Hermione, because I wanted to be her so badly and she never seemed to appreciate as much as I thought she should that she got be her. She got to live at Hogwarts and be friends with Harry and kiss Ron, which was supposed to happen to me.”
Why I Loved It:  First off, please admire the cover.  Because the cover is incredible.  INCREDIBLE people!  This book was quaint and whimsical.  I use those words knowing that Dash would be proud.  The book made me want to bring back old words and use them in normal conversation.  Why is that?  Well I'll tell you.  Dash and Lily are two total opposites.  Dash is anti-touristy New York, a serious word nerd, and is cynical enough to be consistently described as snarly.  Lily loves Christmas and the touristy things about New York, and is a bit wise yet naive for her age.  Quite a conundrum, right?  Well somehow, in the midst of New York, these two are destined to meet.  Through a red moleskin notebook that is.  Lily leaves it among the stacks of The Strand *a dream of a bookstore*, Dash finds it, and the dares and relationship begin as they dash *wink, wink* around New York City.

It has a bit of that fate is real type feeling that brings in the whimsical quality that I adored.  The book will just keep you smiling as you turn through the pages.  And Boomer, Dash's friend, will especially leave you smiling.  He is one of the best parts of the book.  Rachel and David are incredible when they put their brains and creative sides together to create a book.  This book is especially perfect for the holidays.  If by Christmas you have not read this book, I am going to strongly suggest you get on it.  The book was strangely appealing for a book where the two main characters spend most of the time away from each other.  

Who Should Read It:  This is one of those great, quick read contemporaries.  Like I said, especially fabulous for the holidays.  I just happen to be reviewing it now.  But it is still winter....

1 comment:

  1. Hi Deidra. You nominated me for the Liebster blog award and I wanted to share with you my answers! http://keepitrealwithlucy.blogspot.com/2013/02/liebster-blog-award.html

    Lucu @KRWLucy


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