Friday, October 17, 2014

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares--Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Title: Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
Author: Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Publisher: Knopf, 2010.
Pages: 272 p.
Source: Library eBook
Compensation: none

I'm a fan of Rachel Cohn and David Levithan's collaborations (Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List) so when this book was available as an eBook though my library I scooped it up. 

It's Christmas time in New York City and Lily and Dash find themselves alone. Lily is supposed to be watched by her older brother home from college, but he's a bit too absorbed with his boyfriend and not very interested in entertaining his kid sister. Dash has manipulated his divorced parents into thinking he is staying with one of them when he is actually not spending the holiday with either of them. Lily's older brother decides to help her find a boyfriend by encouraging her to leave a moleskin notebook with bizarre clues in their favorite bookstore. Dash finds the notebook, responds to the clues and leaves his own. They embark on a scavenger hunt courtship taking them all over NYC. 

I enjoyed this book just as much as the authors' other two books. Written together like the other books, Cohn and Levithan have worked hard to make a unified writing style. It should be credited to Cohn-Levithan as a single author, rather than two separate people. The story is interesting and the characters are fun (they do suffer a bit from Dawson's Creek syndrome, but who's to say there aren't really well read teens out there who wouldn't be so intellectual. To say that it's not realistic is somewhat insulting to teenagers.). Fans of their other two books will not be disappointed. 

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