Review: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Title: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

Author: Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

Release Date: October 26th 2010

Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Read: November 14th 2012

Pages: Goodreads says 302, my eReader says 192 -Library eBook


“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?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

What I thought:

When I first started this, I thought I wouldn’t like Dash at all, it just something about the way he spoke that I assumed early about his character. It didn’t take long for that to change. Not only does he classify himself as “bookish” and love to roam with old dusty books, but he couldn’t pass up the adventure of the notebook and clues, and it was just lots of fun to read as he figured things out. Not to mention that they called him a “snarling hipster” and he always came back with the funniest responses. And a certain scene involving Santa almost had me rolling on the floor at work!

Lily I instantly liked. She’s  a nerdy girl and someone deemed uncool and she has no friends. But her joy for Christmas, always trying to do good for others, love of all animals and optimism won me over. She wasn’t annoying or anything either, but in her own way she was quirky and unique.

Even the family members and friends of these two brought something fun to the book, they were helpful in all matters including delivering the notebook between the two, offering advice and of course being there for them.

This book not only has some pretty hilarious moments, but also some sad ones as you read. But it wasn’t a depressing book, the way that they find each other and how all the clues are cleverly laid out will keep you reading until they finally do meet. It is of course not the perfect first meeting, but things do work out and it’s quite the adventure that these two get to go on. And the ending was super cute!

This is a perfect book for those wanting to read come contemporary romance with a twist around the holidays, whether you celebrate or not!


4 comments on “Review: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

  1. I loved Dash & Lily! I was reading it during my lunch break at work and when I got to the Santa scene I bust out laughing and everyone wanted to know why! I loved Lily and her love of Christmas, reading about her definitely helped put me into the Christmas spirit. Great review!

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