Day: September 4, 2014

Long Walks Home and Heels

Today was picture day and everybody knows that picture day is the devil’s spawn. Almost nobody EVER looks good in school pictures, especially after those pesky braces destroyed the chances of ever having a nice smile ever again. To this day, the braces I got on in 4th grade and off in 8th grade have taken my original smile and beaten it with a club.

And is it just me, or does skin just decide to break out like one or two days before picture day? It’s happened for me like three years in a row now or something.

The only positive thing about picture day is that I can have an excuse to dress up. Not everybody might like dressing up, but I do. I think it’s a chance for me to try out the nicer style options that are out there without looking overdressed on a regular day.

I already knew what I was going to wear that day and I decided that “What the heck. I’ll wear those cute sneaker wedges I got.” I think it’s fun to try to stand out with edgy fashion choices.

I really should have planned ahead.

I had my outfit planned a good three days before picture day. So when a club meeting for a new one came up, I decided to go on a whim and it in no way crossed my mind to change what I was going to wear. I figured that since my mom said that she could pick me up, it wouldn’t be a problem for my feet. (Usually I ride the bus home) Obviously, it wasn’t going to work out.

I can do fine with heels compared to other girls of my age. The entire day, my feet were absolutely fine. That was, until I decided to be stupid enough to walk home from school after the club meeting because my mom wouldn’t pick up any of my twenty phone calls.

I had way too much pride. I refused to succumb to the pain of wearing heels and walking barefooted like my comrades might. And so the thirty minute walk became a forty to fifty minute one. I didn’t acknowledge my poor feet. I kept chanting, in my head, “Beauty is pain. Beauty is pain. You’re almost there,” when I most certainly was not anywhere close.

I finally gave up on my pride when I was going to walk into my neighborhood. It was way too late to save my feet by then. The balls of my feet had blistered to the point that I hadn’t even noticed when another one had formed from the heels. I staggered home, masking the very obvious appearance of someone who had made a poor choice of shoe-wear and collapsed, yanking my socks off to examine the appearance of my blisters.

One was in the shape of a heart, the other in the shape of a lopsided maple leaf. Go Canada.

I soaked my feet in hot water (didn’t help much) and got a painful lovely foot massage forced on me by my mother. Gotta love that motherly love.

Yes I took pictures. One was shaped like a heart! You can’t blame me for thinking that it’s picture-worthy.

I’m not attaching the picture of my other foot. The maple leaf looked kind of nasty. Sorry if the appearance of my feet offends you.

Is it sad if I thought the heart-shaped blister was cool?

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I think I’m going to have trouble walking at school tomorrow.

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares – Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

Author: Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Publish Date: October 11th, 2011

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

“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 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 New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a cosmic mismatch of disastrous proportions?


Review

I have yet to find a book with John Green-esque writing that I actually like. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, was a short, Christmas-y (sort of) romance novel that I think would have been better to read two or three months from now to maybe try to get into the Christmas spirit.

Actually, now that I think about it, it wouldn’t help me get into the spirit at all. It doesn’t really talk about Christmas in a positive light. Both Dash and Lily had kind of terrible Christmases.

Anyways, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares was co-written by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. In the Author’s Bio, you find out that each person wrote one point-of-view. Cohn wrote Lily’s and Levithan wrote Dash’s. This was evident in the book when Dash talked like a fifty-year-old man that majored in philosophy and Lily talked more like a normal person. I had a hard time believing that Dash was actually a teenager. His vocabulary might have been one thing, but the extremely pretentious attitude that he had was just annoying. He was a snobby, narcissistic character that didn’t seem to understand that his actions might have been annoying to other people. Lily was fab and only because she made the book a lot more enjoyable. She was fresh, quirky, and one of the better aspects of the book. Even so, I can’t say that either of them were characterized very well.

I went into the book thinking that Dash would be a cool character because his name. HIS NAME IS FAB. Then I learned what it stood for and it became significantly less fab. Dashiell? Really? It’s a good thing it was abbreviated because the name just makes him seem even more pretentious.

The idea was a different take on the classic “romance in a notebook” tale. Essentially, Dash finds a notebook (courtesy of Lily) in the Strand bookstore. He opens it and discovers a little riddle with clues that he solves to get the answers. Obviously, he solves all of them and their romance unwinds.

The book is extremely predictable. There are two main characters, and two other “contenders” that blocked the paths of the characters. It’s pretty obvious that these “contenders” weren’t real “contenders” for Dash and Lily anyways, seeing how the shoddy portrayal of them is enough for anybody to show that they weren’t for the main couple.

I enjoyed reading about the different challenges that they each had to do to return the notebook to each other but I didn’t really like it when they ran into the issue where they suddenly lost the ability to transfer the notebook back and forth. The book just seemed to drag without the adventures to hold up the plot. Normally, I would have finished a 250 page book in a day or so, but Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares just seemed to take so much longer to read. I was never really into it and I had to force myself to read the last fifty pages.

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares wasn’t really anything special in the world of YA. Just another book floating around that follows the generic romantic novel outline.

3/5 Stars