Tuesday, April 12, 2011

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

The plot of this book is an excellent idea, but I was a bit disappointed in the characters.  Dash and Lily are supposed to be to teens around 16 or 17, but the language they used was more like stuffy english literature profs would use. 

I don't know to many teens that use an over abundance of 4 syllable words that the average person doesn't even know what they mean.  Yes, these teens were supposed to be geeky, but the words they used were even beyond geeky teen.

Who knows, maybe it's just me.  They were just TOOO intellectual for a fun YA book.
This is the storyline:
Two sixteen-year-olds (Lily and Dash), find themselves virtually alone for the holidays because of some family situations. Lily's brother comes up with an ideal project for his sister to help her meet someone and to keep her out of his way while their parents are out of town.

A red Moleskine notebook with a list of literary clues is left by Lily in the stacks at the Strand bookstore. "Bookish" Dash finds the red notebook and is compelled to jump in and leave some clues of his own.

The two create dares for each other in order to leave and receive messages in various ways around NYC. As the dares progress they reveal more and more about themselves to each other in the notebook. Both are intrigued and both wonder what they would really think of each other if they were to actually meet.

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