“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.”Rachel Cohn: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook
Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a shelf in her favourite bookshop, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept them. But is Dash that right guy? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?
David Levithan: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook
Publication Date: December 1st, 2010
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Original Language: English
Age Group:Preteen/Young Adult
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Lootability: There's room but keep looking.
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares is the third collaboration between young adult authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, who co-wrote Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. It is the quest of two sixteen year olds looking for love on the inside of a red moleskin notebook.
What I Liked: The book was full of quirkiness, there was a fun and winsome quality in the interaction between Dash and Lily. The dares are hilarious and the start of a beautiful adventure; I want someone to take me along on a long, weird and exciting adventure. Lily was gorgeous, she wasn't over confident, she didn't give in to how people wanted her to act and she was herself. Mostly, I really enjoyed her character apart from a few minor issues.
Dash was alright, I actually liked Boomer better. Poor, oblivious to the obvious Boomer. Dash's sidekick, he had a sweetness about him that isn't always obvious in teen literature. Dash's saving grace was his hilarious interaction with Lily's relatives who seem to work in every store, attraction and event in New York.
What I Didn't Like: I find it unfortunate, in a lot of YA books and TV shows, that to be the 'interesting' girl who have to be beyond quirky weird. Then they have to acknowledge their eccentricities, and revel in it, but still can't fit in with kids their age.
Some aspects of the story were a little too weird like the interaction with Father Christmas and the Crimson Alert. It seemed too forced for me; can these things really happen?