Today I’m really excited to join the WinterHaven Sleigh Tour hosted by WinterHaven Books! This week we are posting our choice of a Winter Book Review. To see who else is on the sleigh, please visit the WinterHaven Sleigh Tour page to see the list of participating blogs.
Continue reading to see my review of Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan PLUS enter to win a chance to win your own autographed copy of the book AND a copy of Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle!
“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.”
So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. 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?
Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares is a book I’d been hearing about for a really long time, but never got around to reading myself. When I was contacted by the ladies at WinterHaven Books and first learned about the Sleigh Tour, I decided that this would be the perfect time – and excuse! – to finally cross it off my to-read list. And I’m glad I made it my choice, because overall I did really enjoy this book quite a bit. It definitely has a wonderful holiday feel to it.
The book is told in alternating viewpoints. You get Dash, a rather “snarly” teenage boy, who discovers a red notebook hidden in the shelves at The Strand, and decides to take it upon himself to follow its clues and quests. The other narrator is Lily, a (perhaps too angelic and sweet) teenage girl who actually created the notebook (with help). What follows are some rather funny, rather heartfelt, rather cute entries between the two as they use the notebook – and rather funny quests – to get to know each other. I have to admit that I was drawn more to Dash’s narration than I was to Lily’s, mostly because I couldn’t help but love his rather sarcastic and straight to the point way of talking about himself and the world around him. My one complaint is that his voice sounded far older than his supposed age of sixteen, but nonetheless was enjoyable and created several laugh-out-loud moments (particularly their adventure with Boris the bullmastiff). Likewise, Lily also sounded too old for sixteen, and there were little things about her that sort of grated on me. This is not to say I didn’t enjoy her chapters, because I did, but I didn’t really find myself relating to her as much as I think I was supposed to. This is just a personal issue, though, so of course, your mileage may vary!
I was surprised a bit by the fact that there was quite a bit of personal introspection here; I was expecting all humor all the time, but the journal entries were really quite serious at some points. To me, that helped keep the book from tipping completely over into over-the-top saccharine sweetness (even though there is plenty sweet), which I feel would have been detrimental to the whole point of the book. I definitely appreciated the “aww”-inducing moments, and loved the humor, but was also pleased to see that there was more to the book than that.
If you’re looking for a fun holiday read, definitely give Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares a try. I think everyone could find something to enjoy about this book, whether you’re like Dash and can’t stand the holiday, or love it just as much as Lily!
The lovely ladies at WinterHaven Books have put together a wonderful giveaway! Please go HERE to enter for your chance to win one of four copies of Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares AND Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. Good luck to all who enter!