Genre: YA Realistic Fiction
Pub. Date: October 26, 2010
Source: Personal Copy
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Goodreads says, "“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 New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & 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?"
Lily, thanks to her brother, left her red notebook on the shelf of her favorite bookstore in New York City. It's just waiting there for the perfect guy to pick it up and take the dares. Dash encountered the red notebook at the bookstore and was immediately intrigued. He even took part in the most hilarious dares just to learn more about this girl. Lily and Dash pass the book back and forth during the holiday season in New York City and it ends up being a grand adventure. Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan is a fun holiday romance that will leave teens swooning.
One aspect of this book that I enjoyed is the fact that each chapter switched narration between Lily and Dash. This was perfect and really gave the readers a look into each characters life as well as their motives. I found Lily and Dash to be quirky, cool and smart. I love the way that they were written and I wouldn't expect anything less as Cohn and Levithan wrote Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.
I saved Dash and Lily's Book of Dares to read during the holiday season and I am so glad that I did! Nothing beats New York City during Christmastime! The descriptions of the bustling city, Macy's and other city landmarks were spot on; I found myself dreaming of my own little adventure in the city.
I hear that they are going to make Dash and Lily's Book of Dares into a movie in 2013. I will definitely be adding this book to my classroom library. I know that many students will be dreaming of putting their own notebooks in their local bookstore to see what adventures await.
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