Sunday, February 19, 2012

REVIEW: Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by David Levithan & Rachel Cohn

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares // David Levithan & Rachel Cohn 
YA Contemporary // Allen & Unwin // 2010 // 260 pages

This book was just, so, CUTE!
Dash & Lily is the first book I've read by either David Levithan or Rachel Cohn, so I didn't really know what to expect. But now, I'm excited to get my hands on more of David's books because I absolutely love his writing. Dash was pretty much the main reason why I enjoyed this book so much. 
I really didn't click with Lily in the beginning, at all - which is strange because this rarely happens with me, especially with female protagonists. But she really grew on me toward the end - now I wanna be besties with her and get her to bake me a batch of lebkuchen spice cookies!!

I can't tell you enough how much I love New York as the setting of this book. I totally would not have given it another thought or care if I hadn't actually physically been to NYC before. I have first-hand experienced the magic of Manhattan, the beauty of that amazing city. I haven't read Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist yet but I can tell I'll really like that one too.

Now on to the actual book of dares. That blessed red Moleskine notebook. This was the key element to the unfolding of Dasy & Lily's friendship/relationship. And it was kinda beautiful. It makes you long for something like that to happen in your life. An epistolary connection to a perfect stranger. The mystery and the comfort their collection of words can bring. A dance of words, as Dash would say.

My favourite part was definitely Dash's first encounter with Lily's Great Aunt Ida. She was my favourite character other than Dash, so reading their first meeting was pure gold. The dialogue was perfect. And hilarious. Thank you, David Levithan.

1 comment:

Molli @ Once Upon a Prologue said...

Oh this one really sounds cute! I have heard of it but haven't read many reviews. I'm glad you ended up liking the book, Arielle!

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