Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
Hello there, peeps! I have another review for you today. This is one of the many books my wonderful friend over at Just Read Books sent me for Christmas! It is called Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. Before I get to the review though, just look at that cover! It's so cute and adorable! Whoever their cover designer is, they deserve an A++ and many cookies. Hooray for lovely book covers! Now here's the description of the book:
“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?
I've heard many great things about not just this book, but about these authors, as well. I met David at the NYC Teen Author Fest, since he created the whole thing, and I also heard about the numerous books he has been a part of. I haven't read any of his other books but I knew they were highly praised.
Because of this, I was very excited to dive into a novel sounding so adorable. I did like the book and I thought the concept was very cute, but the book kind of just fell flat for me. Don't get me wrong, it had its good parts and I did laugh occasionally, but it didn't WOW me like others had.
For most of the book, I felt like Dash was a little arrogant and he kind of made me angry in some parts of the book. I did like Lily a lot though. This book dragged on a little bit, in my opinion. There were times where I wanted to stop reading but kept with it anyway.
That in mind, though, a lot of other people DO love this book, so don't be dissuaded by my review. If it sounds cool and you want to give it a try, go right ahead! Try your library or bookstore and I'm sure you'll find it.
Happy Reading everyone!