Original title: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares (2010)
Dash finds a notebook with instructions stacked between a few books in his favourite book store. Obviously, he has to do what the notebook says.
Not too long ago I read Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist in Swedish. I liked it. But I like this one a whole lot better. I think a lot of it has to do with the language. I like the language in this one better. But, I think it also has something to do with the story. I love the idea with this novel. Just imagen to find a notebook in your favourite book store and there is instructions in it. Would you follow them? I mean, if they are good ones. That you can follow. I would. Definitely.
Have I mentioned that I love when Sweden appears in novels that are non-Swedish? Here it is mentioned a few times and a weird made-up excuse that I find really nice.
This novel is take place during Christmas. Even though it feels like we just had Christmas it was nice. But, I think I would have got a more Christmasy feeling when I read it if it actually had been Christmas.
At one point , quite early in the novel, I tried to figure out how old Dash and Lily were. There’s this time when Dash lies to a Santa about his age and that made me wonder how old they were. Usually the age is not important for me when I read a novel, but I could not really work it out. At first I wasn’t sure that he was lying to the Santa and everything just were wrong. He couldn’t be that young. Dash’s friend Boomer made it a bit harder. I figured that they supposedly were in the same age, but Boomer was a lot more childish than Dash. Later on, I think I got a pretty good idea about it and I could let it go and just enjoy the rest of the story.
I love how the messengers wouldn’t say anything about the other person. I don’t think I would have said anything either. You have to keep the mystery going, right?
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares is one of these cosy novels. It does not take long to read, the language is not hard. If you have read any other novel by Rachel Cohn and Devid Levithan, I think you will like this one.
Am tempted to try the notebook-thing, but sadly, I don’t think it will work in real life.