Despite telling myself repeatedly that I should be too old to be reading teen stories, I have given in to Rachel Cohn and David Levithan twice. (The first was Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist; yes, I admit it)
Dash and Lily are adorable. Thoroughly enjoyed the story of upper middle class teens in New York, set against the backdrop of Christmastime in the city.
I don’t know how far removed from reality it is, but Rachel and David’s entertaining storytelling lets me suspend disbelief all too willingly. I mean, really, teen boys who contemplate life (and the etymology of words) like Dash? I wish I met boys like that when I was that age. Or any age, for that matter.
Meanwhile, Lily (and her huge, crazy family) is absolutely a doll, but really, she’s more likely someone I’d come across in a Hollywood movie than on the street.
And I’m almost sure that in the light of day, if read more closely, the coincidences that push the story forward will appear a lot more like the well-placed plot points that they are. But for now, I’ll ignore that.
The he-said-she-said style was perfect for the story, and the words are beautiful; some of Dash’s thoughts are even quotable. And, thankfully, Dash and Lily are a sweet respite from the endless cussing of Nick and Norah.
- Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan (shirleyfrancesbooksandmore.wordpress.com)
- Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares- Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (lucybirdbooks.wordpress.com)
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