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Review and Favorite Quotes from Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Book 8 read in July
This book has been in my TBR list for a really long time, but a few days ago I was in a weird mood and decided to read David Levithan as a pick me up. I’m so glad I did, I had forgotten what amazing job he and Rachel Cohn do with their books.
Dash and Lily start their relationship in a really unconventional way, by passing back and forwards a red moleskin notebook with their thoughts, feelings and of course dares that the other must complete in order to get the notebook back.
It all starts with Lily’s brother who is the first one to write in the notebook and who encourages her to leave it at the Strand library amongst her favorite book so someone can pick it up and maybe write back. So when Dash goes to his favorite library and finds the notebook despite of being a little weary about it he starts writing and that’s how their relationship starts.
We meet Dash and Lily on Christmas time, which I think was the perfect season for it because we can truly see how different they are while Dash doesn’t like Christmas and prefers to be alone and is described by people as snarly, Lily loves Christmas, likes to hang out with her family and is described as oversensitive.
I liked the idea of the notebook because to me is freeing, by not having to see the person or their reactions you get to be free to write your true thoughts and even though there’s more freedom there’s also more risk in it because you have to be very good at expressing yourself with your words, you only have one chance to write what you feel or think, you can’t take it back immediately after seeing someone’s reaction to your words, you have to wait until that person reads it and sends it back to see if what you were train to explain was really understood by the reader.
“It is much harder to lie to someone’s face. But. It is also much harder to tell the truth to someone’s face.”
It was kind of like the new relationship that are formed around the internet, but this one was more close, by performing the dares you give the other person a certain power over you and at the same time you let yourself be truly guided by your feelings.
This book was a fast read for me and I really loved it the way it’s written makes it go by faster than you would think there are never boring moments.
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