Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
By Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
3 out of 5
Dash is a snarly teenage boy, whose divorced parents both think Dash is staying with the other for the Christmas season. Lily is an excitable teenage girl, who loves Christmas, and whose parents have abandoned her with her older brother while they go to Fiji for Christmas. These two kids would have never met if it were not for the red moleskin notebook.
Lily left it in the Strand bookstore, in the section of her favorite author. Dash picked it up and followed the clues. Then rights some clues of his own. So begins an epic journey all over New York City as the two teens, who have never seen each other face to face, learn more and more about each other in a completely anonymous method. Both develop feelings for the other, but without actually seeing the person and talking to them, hearing their voice, how well can you really know a person?
This book was cute, and definitely put me in the Christmas spirit--especially when it is snowing outside as I read it. Personally, I liked Naomi & Ely better, but I think that's just because I was more like them than I am Dash and Lily. The story was fun and whimsical, as most things around Christmas are, but the message is clear. It's what on the inside that counts, but the outside is still important.
P.S. I am conducting the full swing of David and Rachel. I started with Every Day, By David Levithan. Now I have read their duo number, and I just picked up Beta by Rachel Cohn from the library. After this, I will be taking a prolonged break from these lovely writers, and explore other works.