“Recommend A…” is a meme started by Shanyn at chickloveslit. Every Monday, there will be a new theme inspiring many different, awesome book recommendations. It’s a great way to allow those books we love (but sometimes miss) to resurface.
This week’s prompt is:
Recommend A… Book Published in 2010
One of my favorite 2010 novels is Rachel Cohn and David Levithan’s Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares.
|“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 NY? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?
I’ve been a fan of David Levithan and Rachel Cohn’s collaborations since Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, but I have to say I love Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares more because it’s exactly the kind of book I relate to, the kind of story I’d love to make my reality. Just imagine: you’re in your favorite bookstore (For Dash, this is The Strand. I’ve only been there a handfull of times, but it is incredible, and I doubt I’d be able to find things as well as Dash did – The Strand is like a maze within a maze, books piled on the shelves, beautiful but a little bit impossible…) and you’ve discovered a stranger’s moleskine notebook with little literary challenges scribbled within, a bookish scavenger hunt of sorts. One of your favorite books by one of your favorite authors is the answer to a riddle, and you’re stunned because this mysterious writer-of-challenges might probably understand you a little better than your wacky bunch of friends. So you’re intrigued, you complete all of the dares, and then you leave a challenge for that person as well. Just to see how far this goes. The bookish challenges become dares of wit and dares of courage, and pretty soon, you’re in a merry-go-round of nerdy flirtation with a person you’ve never met, who is actually quite different from you, but may share some part of your soul. Though it’s a huge risk, I love the idea of meeting people through books. And meeting people through a journal with scribbles about books in one of the most amazing bookstores in the country is pretty awesome.
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares takes you on the perfect adventure – literary, witty, random, and just a little insane. (It’ll also make you want to leave notes in books, a la Nerdfigteria, and hope you meet your soulmate the next time you’re in a bookstore, even indirectly.)