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Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

7741325Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares
Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN –  9780375866593)
Genre – Realistic Fiction
Age – High School
2.3 Stars

While browsing a local bookstore, Dash finds a red notebook, and discovers a series of clues, which leads him to a mini mystery with another party. The clues lead both Dash and Lily to places all around New York City, doing things that they never would have before. Although their paths seem to come close many times, will they ever actually meet? And will they live up to each other’s expectations?

This book just didn’t do it for me. I couldn’t get down with Dash and Lily’s repective brands of quirkiness. I found them both to be irritating in their own ways. Dash was so into himself, and how awesome he was (but only in writing.) Lily was so self-deprecating, it was hard to handle. Everything negative about her could be turned into a joke, and she did. It was like neither one of them could face the fact that they had weaknesses. Usually in this case, I can talk about a secondary character, but they also rubbed me the wrong way. I really like the concept of the book, it felt like a good pen pal-esque experience. I enjoyed reading about the fun and cheesy holiday type activities in NYC, it just felt so warm. It helped me to feel like it was that fun time of year, full of anticipation and excitement. I just wish that it was full of different people.

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