Monday, June 6, 2011

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares

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

But Langston repeated, "Lily, you just don't understand. What you need is someone to keep you occupied. You need a boyfriend.

Well sure, who
doesn't need a boyfriend? But realistically, those exotic creatures are hard to come by. At least a quality one. I go to an all-girls school, and meaning no disrespect to my sapphic sisters, but I have no interest in finding a romantic companion there. The rare boy creatures I do meet who aren't either related to me or who aren't gay are usually too attached to their Xboxes to notice me, or their idea of how a teenage girl should look and act comes directly from the pages of Maxim magazine or from the tarty look of a video game character.

This book was hilarious. Cohn and Levithan have written a few books together, one of which was Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, later made into a movie with Michael Cera and Kat Dennings in the lead roles. This novel was about Lily, who hides a red Moleskin notebook at the Strand (a famous NYC bookstore, which I've actually been to a few times), and waits for someone to find it. She leaves clues in the notebook and Dash, a teenage boy, happens to find it. This novel chronicles their "notebook affair," so to speak, and shows what happens when they actually do meet each other face-to-face.

4.5 stars out of 5.


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