Thursday, December 13, 2012


Day 13

Welcome to Blogmas!

Every day from December the first until Christmas Eve I will accompany with one Christmas related post, giving you gift ideas, tips, recipes, etc. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy Coming up with posts and writing them. 


Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

First sentences:
Imagine this:
You’re in your favorite bookstore, scanning the shelves. You get to the section where a favorite author’s books reside, and there, nestled in comfortably between the incredibly familiar spines, sits a red notebook.
What do you do?

“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.”
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?
source: Goodreads (adapted)

My opinion:
It is really hard for me to pin down what exactly I like so much about this book – it’s just a wonderful, feel-good book about two teens in New York City. Rachel Cohn and David Levithan created a wonderful story with lovely characters, which have their faults and the overall concept of Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares is really great.
The story begins with a red notebook hidden on the shelves of The Strand, a well known New York City bookstore and a teenage boy finding it. Is there a better start for a book? I am obsessed with books (obviously) and notebooks; so here are two of my favourites combined.
The story is told from Lily’s and Dash’s point of view alternating with each chapter. David Levithan wrote the story of Dash and Rachel Cohn Lily’s and through this we as readers get two very different characters and very different ways of seeing the world, which I think makes this book even better. The writing style of those two isn’t completely different (they already wrote two other books together) but there are some fine differences that brings Dash and Lily even more to life.
This book is set during Christmas time in New York City but it does not specifically deal with Christmas. The holidays just frame the story. So you can read it either now during those cold pre-Christmassy days or after the holidays – it perfectly fits the cold season.
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares got a lot of hype during last year’s holiday season and during this year’s too and I think this is one of those novels were the hype is truly legitimate.
If you are looking for a wonderful, up-beat book about two teenagers, their way of coping with being alone during the holidays, their different world views and heart-warming conversations between them, you should definitely give this book a try.

For more information about Rachel Cohn visit her Homepage, Facebook and Twitter pages.
For more information about David Levithan visit his Homepage, Facebook and Twitter pages.

1 comment:

  1. I love Dash and Lily! I've spent Christmas in New York City, and this book made me miss it so much. It's such a magical place. :) Your review makes me want to go read it again!

    - Jana