Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Review: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

Title: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares
Author: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Publication Date: October 11th 2011
Publisher: Ember
Pages: 260
Format: Paperback/Print

Although it is no longer "'tis the season", I still thoroughly enjoyed this book.

I do wish I had waited to read this book until Christmas, but all the great reviews I read about it screamed at me, thus, with my head held low, I shamefully (because I am quite embarrassed I have not read anything by David Levithan, which you should be, too, if you have not read any of his works because he is a brilliant man, my friend. It's like if you haven't read anything by John Green, you're clearly living in a cave then) sat on my couch and began to read the story of Dash and Lily and their crazy holiday adventure.

The synopsis is as it sounds. "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." This is exactly what happens! You'll seriously laugh your bum bum off when Dash starts completing the clues and hints in Lily's book. Seriously, total rib breaker! *A-hum* *Cough* *A-hum* "The Joys of Gay Sex" .... nough said. 

Dash's character reminds me of Augustus Waters from John Green's book The Fault in Our Stars. And it's not because they act in the same way, or do the same things, although they do both enjoy books, it is in the way they speak and carry themselves that I see the resemblance. David and John's writing have similar tones, very mature in the sense, well, they use a lot of big words that make me have a dictionary by my side at all times when reading their work. This isn't a bad thing, and is actually one of the reason's why I've fallen for David's writing. I love the maturity of David and John's writing, but enough about John, he's had his spotlight already.

Lily's character is great as well. Really did enjoy her. I thought I wasn't going to like her at one point, in all honesty. She does something I don't particularly agree with or think cool, and so I thought for sure at that point I was going to hate her. But I didn't, and am glad. She cleaned up that mess quite nicely.

This was such a fun read! Perfect for Christmas time when the snow is falling down, a blanket of white covering the earth. Ah, don't you just love that kind of weather? The type you sit by the window, with a book in your hands, looking out every so often to take in the breath taking shimmer of white, fresh snow. God I love winter (though fall is my favorite season). 

Each chapter is told by either Dash or Lily. This is the third time I've read a book where we have POV's with both female and male characters and I really enjoy this format in books. You get to see the world in not only the girls perspective, but also the boy's, and when their both thinking of the same thing, you've got two things to think about and really ponder. I like books that make me have to ponder :)

If you've been thinking about reading this book, well, I'm going to tell you right now you should. Do not wait until Christmas. There is no sticker on the cover that says "Do not open until Christmas," so do not think you have to wait until Christmas to read this book. Read it, like NOW! It is SO good! You're going to have a blast with Dash and Lily, and their book of Dares. 

So read this book.

I dare you.


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1 comment:

  1. AH! Loved this book. And I love seeing both perspectives - it makes everything so much better. Especially when you get to see the same scene in some perspectives?

    Glad you enjoyed this one!!


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