Friday, 14 September 2012

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

Title - Dash and Lily's Book of Dares             
Author - Rachel Cohn, David Levithan                                        
Format - Hardback, Paperback, ebook and audiobook
Source - Netgalley                                                                        
Synopsis - "I've left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don't, put the book back on the shelf, please."

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the "New York Times" bestselling authors of "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist."

 Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares.

But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York?
Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

When I read the synopsis on Netgalley, I immediately judged it. Not in a bad way, but I thought I already knew the book before I'd even read it.

And I was wrong, I really shouldn't judge a book by it's cover or synopsis because most of the time I end up getting disappointed. I was super excited to read this book. I thought it'd be this short, cosy, book and it was... But it wasn't.

I'm fifty, fifty about this book. For a third of the book, I had a big smile on my face, another third where I'm just totally baffled, and the last third just wishing it'd hurry up.

One it made me feel stupid, two it annoyed me and three, by the ending I knew I could never connect with these two characters. How many 16 years old do you know reading dictionary's before bed and reading poems. I doubt I'll ever read this book again because of that.

And this is the part that frustrates me even more, if you took out the poem's and dead people I liked Dash and Lily. Sometimes they annoyed me because they'd be doing one thing one minute and the next they'd go off on this random tangent that would leave me baffled and me going backwards trying to figure out what had just happened. But then there were times, mainly with Boris the dog, that had me snorting out loud because it was really funny. I've never heard of Crimson Alert but it blew me away. There were times in the book were they acted like teenagers and I loved it, but the smarty-pants just ruined it for me.

And then there's Boomer. I loved him when he was first introduced but then by the ending he was the one making the emotional speeches which got everybody thinking straight and considering the fact that at the beginning he was the lovable idiot... It's just a cliche, which annoyed me.

I'm really confused about this book. I don't know what rating I should give it. It's a book that's had me smiling and laughing, but it's also annoyed me a lot. I didn't think that was possible in a book.

I think I'm going to give a 3.75/5 just because it did have really funny parts that had me laughing out loud.

I'm not sure who I'd recommend this book too... Smart people?


Image and Synopsis via Goodreads

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