Guys. I don’t mean to alarm you, but there are only
four sleeps to my birthday six sleeps to Christmas.
Do you have Christmas traditions? At my house we all have to help
eat stir the batter of the pudding.
Also, though we’ve been lax on this recently, Christmas doesn’t start until after my birthday. When I was a kid it was a sweet idea… Now I think it’s an excuse for us to be unorganised.
I also enjoy reading the same books at christmastime. And one of those is Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.
If the names sound familiar, you might know them from Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, which I adore in the way that the first time I read it, I turned around and read it again about a week after I finished.
But Nick and Norah aside, we’re talking about Dash and Lily.
I’ve read books by David Levithan before. And I’ve read books by Rachel Cohn before. And I’ve enjoyed them. But there is something so much more… I don’t know… amazing when they write together. They balance out.
So we’ve got Rachel Cohn. We’ve got David Levithan. And we have Christmas. What’s not to love?
The story itself. It’s Christmastime in New York. Lily has left Moleskine journal full of clues in a bookshop. I know, right?
It gets better. Dash and Lily strike up a relationship through this notebook and through the dares, and the entire novel drips of brilliance and Christmas goodness and Cohn and Levithan’s typical mix of indieness, nerdiness and music references.
I recommend you read this before Christmas, but up until new year is fine, too (as is any time of year).
And I’ll leave you with my favourite quote from the novel:
“You think fairy takes are only for girls? Here’s a hint – ask yourself who wrote them. I assure you, it wasn’t just the women. … Yes, girls want their princes, but boys want their princesses just as much.”
Now go read the rest.