Bridget Gets Caught in the Trappings

Posted in Favorite Books at 4:45 pm by Bridget

I just finished Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by the dynamic duo of Rachel Cohn and David Levithan and loved it. Lily leaves a notebook at The Strand next to one of her favorite books with clues that take the finder of the notebook around the store to other clues in other books. There are, of course, restrictions that pop up in the clues like, “If you are not a teenage boy, put the notebook back where you found it.” Luckily for Lily, it’s found by Dash who not only plays along, but sends her clue hunts right back.

Some of the things I love about this book:

–It’s refreshing to read a book with New York teens who are completely unique and not your run-of-the-mill hipsters.

–Both main characters are crush-worthy.

–The clue hunts take them to all sorts of interesting places.

–Side characters are GREAT.

–Both main characters grow and change in a believable, organic way.


–It has a kick-ass title.

I know that a kick-ass title shouldn’t rank on my list, but as soon as I heard the title I wanted to read the book. Great character names, plus the fabulousness and intrigue of a whole book of dares. The title leads to the great concept of two characters using a book of dares to get to know one another and explore the world in a non-digital way.

The title is intriguing much like the duo’s first book Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. With N&NIJ you want to know more about this couple and their playlist. At least I did. And then to actually have a playlist for the book on the web that you could put together yourself? I loved it. The book didn’t disappoint either.

This has made me question whether or not I’m just a sucker for a great hook–seduced by a concept or a great title.

But in both cases I ended up really loving the book. Why not let yourself be seduced by the ribbons and bows when the substance of the book lives up to it?

On the other hand, I have to admit, I never read Cohn and Levithan’s second book.

Because of the title.

I know, they’re fabulous writers, I love two of their other books, I would probably love their second one too.

But Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List? Really? There’s NO kissing right in the title!


1 Comment »

  1. Janet said,

    February 10, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I read Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List. Can’t remember if there really was kissing. I think there was. Give it a shot!

    On the other hand, I decided not to read Dash and Lily because I felt like the characters in the other books were just a little too real. They were so self-absorbed. I spent enough time as an angsty, self-regarding teenager, I don’t need to inhabit the brain of another neurotic teen. I’ve done my time!

    What I really want to know is how does David Levithan have time to write all these books and be a rock star editor at the same time?????

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