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This is the third book Rachel Cohn and David Levithan wrote together. You might have heard of their first book, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, as it was made into a movie starring Michael Cera.
I really enjoyed reading Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares. I wasn’t really planning on reading a Christmas book and I didn’t know a lot about this book when I picked it up about a week ago. Imagine how surprised I was when I found out this book is set in December!
There’s not much to give away about this storyline. If you want to read a cute Christmas story you should really pick this up. But for those who wander, it is about Lily who has left a red notebook with challenges in her favorite bookstore and Dash who finds said notebook. Both were left home in New York while their parents were celebrating the holidays elsewhere. And together they have lots of adventures and fun.
The fact that it was set around this time of year made me enjoy it more than I would have initially. Usually I’m not a big fan of chicklit or romantic lovey-dovey stories. But this was written in such a way that the plot wasn’t predictable or cliche and I really liked that. What I also liked about this book is how Rachel Cohn and David Levithan took turns in writing it. Rachel Cohn wrote the chapters from Lily’s point of view and David Levithan wrote the ones from Dash’s point of view. They emailed these chapters back and forth so they didn’t know what would happen next.
I’m really glad I accidentally read this Christmas story. Not only was the plotline really sweet, the characters were very interesting as well and this book was in general very funny as well. The following quote wasn’t particularly funny or anything but it did stand out to me most:
“I saw a girl who looked college age, dressed like Hermione Potter. [...] I've always resented Hermione, because I wanted to be her so badly and she never seemed to appreciate as much as I thought she should that she got be her. She got to live at Hogwarts and be friends with Harry and kiss Ron, which was supposed to happen to me.”
Despite the fact that Hermione’s last name isn’t Potter at all, I thought this bit was really funny. Also, although I absolutely love Hermione, I understand where Lily is coming from. She does have a point, don’t you think?