Being summer (and the summer between undergrad and grad school), I find I have a lot of time to read – which is absolutely fantastic. I’m almost at 30 books of my 50-books-in-one-year goal! Anyway, I recently did one of my favorite Barnes & Noble sit-and-read trips and stumbled across the book “Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares” and decided to read it.
And read it I did, in one 5-hour sitting at B&N. From the first line, this book pulls you right into the quirky, somewhat jaded, world of Dash and his discovery of a fascinating adventure via Lily’s planted bookstore scavenger hunt. The book only gets better from there, with Dash’s honest self-narratives, memorable dialogue, and unexpected plot twists/near-misses.
While Lily is a bit mundane (and the only reason this book isn’t getting 5 stars from me), Dash was definitely one of the most interesting fictional characters I’ve ever encountered; I now definitely plan on reading more books by David Levithan. I’m happy I chose this book at a whim.
Some notable quotes:
“But isn’t this a dance? Isn’t all of this a dance? Isn’t that what we do with words? Isn’t that what we do when we talk, when we spar, when we make plans or leave it to chance? Some of it’s choreographed. Some of the steps have been done for ages. And the rest – the rest is spontaneous. The rest has to be decided on the floor, in the moment, before the music ends.” – Dash (My favorite quote.)
“I figured being a bed salesman was a job of biblically bad paradox. I mean, here he was, forced to stand for eight or nine hours a day, and the whole time he’s surrounded by beds.” – Dash
“It’s hard to show that you tried unless you end up succeeding.” – Dash
“It’s moments like this, when you need someone the most, that your world seems smallest.” – Dash
“The important people in our lives leave imprints. They may stay or go in the physical realm, but they are always there in your heart, because they helped form your heart. There’s no getting over that.” – Langston