Saturday, January 1, 2011
This latest collaboration between David Levithan and Rachel Cohn is the best yet. Dash and Lily's Book of Dares is such an amazing book, full of coincidences, excitement, and hilarity. Dash and Lily have two very distinct personalities, but yet they work together so well. Levithan's style, penchant for using the most fascinating words, and Dash's dry sense of humor will have you laughing unexpectedly. Lily is probably the best character of the book though--she's not brimming with self-confidence and she doesn't have many friends, but she is funny, smart, and energetic, and she proves that you don't have to be a popular or an experienced heroine to be entertaining.
The Christmastime in New York City setting is also perfect for the story and feeds right into the atmosphere of Dash and Lily's relationship--excited, frenzied, always busy, and fraught with conflicting emotions. This is generally an upbeat and entertaining book, though it's not without its moments of doubt and fear and sadness as Dash deals with his family issues, Lily with her struggles with fitting in and making friends, and both of them face the prospect of meeting, and perhaps not living up to each other's expectations. This is an excellent pick if you like your romances with a bit of reality, humor, and snark, and it's packed full of funny one-liners you won't want to forget.
Cover Comments: I don't think that this cover stands out as much as the duo's previous book covers, but I do think it is charming and clever. The street signs seem appropriate given the fact that Dash and Lily spend the majority of the book sending each other places, and I like the subtle use of the hearts on the cover.
Review copy provided by publisher.