Saturday, December 24, 2011

Review: Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

Title: Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
Author: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Age Group: Young Adult
Category:  Contemporary romance
Release date: October 26th, 2010
Pages: 302 (ebook)
Rating: 4 out of 5
Source: Borrowed

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

This is such a cute read, especially for the winter months.  Perfect for Christmastime!  Dash is witty and interesting, yet he can be a little complicated at times.  Lily's the same way, but they don't know each other.  They've actually never met at all.  It started in The Strand bookstore where he found her red moleskine on the shelves.  Inside were rules for him to follow and if he finished each task without losing, he was to give his information to the store's clerk and place the journal where he found it, but he decided to break a few rules and take the journal with him.

Lily's different than most teenage girls I knew in school.  She wears thick black framed glasses and tacky Christmas outfits with her great-aunt's old majorette boots that are two sizes too big.  She isn't allowed to have her own pets, so she's a dogwalker in her spare time.  Since her parents are on vacation in Fiji this Christmas, her brother and his boyfriend come up with an idea to get Lily her own boyfriend, since she's never actually had one.  When she found out that Dash didn't play by the rules, she follows his own clues that he left with the clerk.

This leads to an adventure around New York City, conversations in the journal with a stranger, and eventually finding each other with the help of a lost majorette boot.  Will real-life Dash and Lily be the same people they've known for the past few days or will they realize that no one is really who you expect them to be?

I've always loved the works of Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, especially together.  I have to say that Dash & Lily is my favorite of theirs.  I've got to admit that I haven't quite been in the Christmas spirit this year, but this helped quite a bit.  One thing I also enjoyed more was that although I loved Nick & Norah, this romance took more than one night to develop.  I hope to see more collaborations from these two in the future!

I just wanted to add that I hope everyone's having a great Christmas!  I hope you all get to spend valuable time with your families and that there's a smile on your face at least once this holiday.  Yes, even you Grinches. ;)


  1. always liked the name dash sounds dashy lol

    cute book the way it sounds

    glad u enjoyed it
    merry christmas

  2. I always like to read dash's book and it gives me good knowledge.
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  3. I haven't read anything by these authors but I'm hearing so many positive things about David Levithan's books, I so have to order this one !! Thanks for the great review :)

  4. I loved Nick and Norah's, so I've been wanting to read this for a while. Must get to it soon! Great review :)

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