Dash and Lily's Book of Dares
authors: Rachel Cohn and Daniel Levithan
published October 26, 2010
arc from Around the World Tours
One of the most delightful books of the year is Dash and Lily's Book of Dares. Their book is a red moleskine journal, hidden on the shelves in the Strand Bookstore on Manhattan. Dash finds this journal which challenges him to figure out the clues inside in order to go to the next place.
It is Christmas season. Dash, a teenage Scrooge so to speak, is jaded about the holiday, bah-humbug! His vocabulary is huge ... at the beginning I even turned to the title page to see for sure if this was a young adult/teen book. He takes the book to the next place where it is picked up by Lily. They write clues and notes back and forth and recruit their friends and relatives to pass the book from one to the other.
Lily, also a teen, tries to find out more about Dash. Everyone describes him as Snarly. Lily got the nickname Shrilly when she was six; she despises this name. Snarly and Shrilly, what a match!
I adored the authors' writing, two POVs, two styles. They describe a Pixar movie Collation. Wish such a movie existed! When Dash is asked what he wants for Christmas, his friend tells him to look in his Amazonian Hope Chest. "My what???" Oh ... my wish list on Amazon.
Put this book in your Amazonian Hope Chest. You won't regret it.