Saturday, March 19, 2011

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares - Cohn & Levithan - 2010

Title: Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
Author(s): Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Year: 2010
Publisher: Alfred A Knopf
Date Read: 03-19-2011
Overall: * * * * * (5/5)

GoodReads Blurb: “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 Timesbestselling 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?

Plot: * * * * *
Characters: * * * *
Style: * * * * *

My Review: I've had my ups and downs with authors pairing up together, even with this same duo, but Cohn & Levithan did such a great job with this one. I was pulled in from the very beginning, wondering where Dash and Lily's dares would lead them and if they would ever meet.

Lily was so fun, innocent, and kind of weird (in a good way) that I just had to love her. Her relationship and friendship with her brother and her extended family as well was really enjoyable to read. Dash seemed a bit moody and broody, but in a lovable way, and I pictured him as smiling on the inside a lot. Dash's best friend, Boomer, was one of my favorite characters that I've read recently, he was so full of life and excitement just for existing.

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares is up there with Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist for these two authors. I didn't enjoy Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List quite as much, and it took me a long time to get through, so Dash & Lily really redeemed this pair in my eyes. The writing didn't seem scrambled or too hard to transition between, which sometimes bothers me with multiple points of view and multiple authors. I do love these two authors on their own as well, Cohn's Gingerbread and Levithan's Love is the Higher Law are books I really recommend.

To Purchase: Amazon, B&N

Also by these authors: As a duo: Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist (2006), Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List (2007)
Rachel Cohn: Gingerbread (2004), You Know Where to Find Me (2008)
David Levithan: Boy Meets Boy (2003), Love is the Higher Law (2009), Willy Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green) (2010)

Currently Reading: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

Books Read in 2011: 26

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