I seem to be on a roll in my 2015 Reading Challenge at the moment, having finished my third book this week! Go me. I’m not sure what possessed me to read A book set during Christmas (#45) – ‘Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares’ by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn – in August (besides the fact it was on my Ten Books I Plan To Have In My Beach Bag This Summer list) but I tend not to be overly bothered about reading “seasonal” books during their respective season – I’m not a sheep.
My Goodreads Review
“‘Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares’ follows two sixteen year olds (coincidentally named Dash and Lily) and their relationship which begins and blossoms thanks to a red leather notebook, which Dash finds in a used bookstore. Set over an eleven day span over the Christmas and New Year period in New York City, it is told from both characters points of view, each written by either Levithan or Cohn, which really allows the individuality of the characters to come across.
I thoroughly enjoyed the premise of this novel, and it started out beautifully, but wavered somewhat in the middle. The supporting character of Mrs Basil E. was wonderfully constructed, but I felt the other additional characters were weak, both in their creation and their plausibility.
The novel sees Dash and Lily fall for each other through the other’s words, but to find the notebook they must complete a dare (in the form of a clue) the other has set, including: visiting Madame Tussaud’s, watching a Christmas movie alone in a theatre full of mothers and screaming babies, and building your own muppet. These scenarios were really fun and well played out, thanks in part to the Christmas setting. It was definitely cute, but true emotion was missing.”
This book was my first read by either Levithan or Cohn, and I now really want to read ‘Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist’ (again a collaboration between the two authors), so that can only be a good thing.
I honestly don’t believe my feelings towards this novel would have been any different if it was freezing and snowing outside (instead of the 35oC heat we’ve had), but I am now marginally excited for the festive season to begin, if only for the food!
#45 A book set during Christmas – Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn (6/10)
Thirty-three down, seventeen to go. (Forty-two read)
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