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Friday, July 22, 2011

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

   This book starts out with Dash, a boy who stumbles across a notebook inside an unpopular bookstore, with  instructions inside that lead him all around the store, picking up obvious classics, such as French Pianism, An Historical Perspective, and Fat Hoochie Prom Queen. This notebook belongs to Lily, a girl whose gay brother is wanting her to get a boyfriend, and tries to amend this gaping loss by leaving a notebook in a bookstore. Smart way to find a real man, right? But of course, the person who finally picks up the red notebook is intelligent, cute, and oft described as "snarly". The notebook's instructions leave off with a dare, and the dares continue as the notebook switches hands. The two communicate this way, hiding the notebook in strange places.

 I enjoy this book because it has characters that are both entertaining and original, a rare combination. However, Lily's "voice" becomes annoying, and at some points you will want nothing more than to throw the book on the floor and walk away. Stick through it, and you'll find a great big somewhat love story, filled with mishaps, wax museums, Washington Square Mommies, jail, transvestites, and so much more. I, personally, liked this book. It was witty and charming, and I fell in love with this set of authors.

Rating: 8 of 10

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