Rachel Cohn and David Levithan's latest book, Dash and Lily's Book of Dares did a great deal to redeem themselves in my eyes. A few years ago I tried and tried to read Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and just could not. While I know I am in the minority on this one, I thought the book was awful. And yet, when I saw Dash and Lily's Book of Dares coming out and read a few positive posts, I requested it at my library.
Told in alternating voices, Dash and Lily have not met when their story begins. Dash is visiting the Strand, a beyond enormous bookstore in New York City, when he finds a red moleskin notebook with clues inside. Unbeknownst to him these clues are sent from Lily, although it is later revealed that her brother and his boyfriend were the real masterminds behind this as an attempt to help Lily branch out and experience life. The two begin a unique correspondence back and forth in the red moleskin, not meeting, yet learning more about each other. When the two meet neither is what the other expected, and yet their story is not done.
Cohn and Levithan's writing is so sharp and witty and clever, a true treat. This little romance left me hoping for Dash and Lily - two lonely souls in New York City over Christmas- to find true friendship in each other.