Dash and Lily's Book of Dares Author:David Levithan, Rachel Cohn 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... more » 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?« less
I love it when Rachel Cohn and David Levithan get together and write a romance book. Their romances always include quirky teens that are a joy to spend time with and there's always that third character in the romance and this time it's NOT a romantic triangle. The third character is the City of New York. It's as much a character in their stories as either of the other two soon to be smitten protagonists.
This time Dash is at his version of Manhattan heaven, The Strand Book store when he spots a journal that been shelved by Lily with the works of Salinger. The book is a dare and when he takes the dare he starts a treasure hunt/romance that takes us through the city that never sleeps at Christmas time. While Dash and Lily seem an unlikely couple, the two continue to exchange dares in the journal until both are well and truly hooked. As are we the readers.
In addition we're taken to some NYC venues that outsiders seldom see and we meet some very memorable and very lovable supporting characters. Bravo! Can't wait to see what they do next.
Also, one of my favorite Cohn/Levithan trademarks is that the protagonists have really interesting gay friends that are just that, friends who happen to be gay (and who generally have acts together better than our protagonists)
Entertaining, but meaningful too, with likeable characters. I think I liked this book as much as Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist. More literate than most teen fiction I have read, as I had to look up a number of words in the dictionary.