As a dual narrative text with both Dash and Lily taking the lead in equal measure. This allows the reader to gain an overview, an almost voyeuristic overview, of events.
Set over ten December days in New York City, Dash and Lily's Book of Dares has a festive, wintery feel, but don't let that put you off reading it at another time of year. Although the plot is quirky and interesting, I felt it was very much a character driven story. I loved that Dash and Lily were both a bit kooky, unashamedly 'bookish' and that even the minor characters were an eclectic mix of eccentrics, 'outcasts' and non-conformists.
The city of New York is almost a third protagonist, vividly painted in all its majestic glory. As Dash and Lily visit an array of tourist attractions it gave me pangs, filling me with a longing to return to the Big Apple.
The only disappointment for me was the abrupt ending. I was still hooked and then....it was over. I didn't feel there was a complete resolution, and whilst it didn't spoil my enjoyment of the book, I would have been happier for a more concrete conclusion.
I had read some of David Levithan's work before, but never anything by Rachel Cohn. I'll definitely be reading more by both these authors. They have a voice which reaches out to the reader, and I imagine it would particularly resonate with the target teen market.
7.5/10 (would have been more but for the disappointing end!)