Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Review: Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
2010; Knopf; ISBN 978-0-375-86659-3 (hardcover)
Summary: It all starts with a red notebook. Lily leaves it at the Strand, the famous New York bookstore. Dash finds it by the Salinger novels and follows its instructions. Over the holiday period from just before Christmas to just after New Year's, Dash and Lily will have a friendship built on their notes to each other in the notebook. As they exchange it back and forth, they will have a series of adventures. Whether it's creating a Muppet, visiting Madame Tussaud's, or getting locked in at the Strand, Dash and Lily will discover new things about themselves as well as each other.
If a novel could be hot chocolate, Dash & Lily's Book of Dares is hot chocolate. It's a sweet treat that you enjoy, thanks to the talents of Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. Quirky, affectionate Lily and intelligent, reserved Dash are memorable main characters, each having their opportunities to tell the story. Other characters, like Dash's puppy of a friend Boomer and Lily's Great-Aunt Ida, known as Mrs. Basil E., add extra fun to the story. Readers who are not ready for the mature themes in Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, Cohn and Levithan's first novel together, will embrace Dash & Lily's Book of Dares.