29. October 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Andrea, Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Teen Books

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan, 260 pages, read by Andrea, on 10/28/2012

“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.”

Dash finds a red Moleskin notebook amongst the bookshelves in his favorite bookstore with that on the first page. Deciding to continue, he is led on a mini series of dares within the bookstore and eventually around all of New York City. Lily (the original owner of the notebook) and Dash begin a humorous tradeoff within the pages of the red Moleskin. From quirky dares to shared dreams, they begin a sort of romantic relationship without even having met one another. However, one question remains: will they be able to connect face-to-face? This was written in the style of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, the last book I read by the duo. However, I thought this one flowed better and worked better as a story because, like the book (Dash’s section was written by Levithan and Lily’s section was written by Cohn) the notebook was was passed back and forth as well. Neither one knew what the other was doing – the book only explained why Lily wrote what she did and Dash’s response to her entry and vice versa. In Nick and Norah, the book would repeat itself by explaining the same situation but in the eyes of Nick and in the eyes of Norah. Storyline was pretty much the same but it was more exciting than Nick and Norah’s story. I think this book should have been turned into a movie before Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.

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