December 3, 2013

Review: Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 26, 2010
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Book Description:

“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 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.

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“I’m sorry I didn’t return our notebook to you. It was such a simple task, I mean. Yet I botched it. Why I’m writing to you now even though I have no idea how to return this to you, I don’t know. There’s just something about you—and this notebook—that gives me faith.” – Lily, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares.

I don’t know what else to say other than I love this book. No I adore this book, I want to draw pink fluffy hearts around it and keep it forever. The concept for this book was so unique. I had such a fun time reading it. It was the perfect book for the start of December. Not only did it have a holiday feel taking place between Christmas and New Year’s, but it was genuinely sweet with a side of snarky.

I love Dash. The way he talks and writes, you just don’t find boys like him anymore. The idea of passing a book back and forth with your inner most thoughts and wishes inside, I don’t know, it strikes exciting and adventurous.

There were times when Lily’s personality bugged me a little because she seemed so childlike, but then I thought back to how I acted when I was a teenager and realized that sometimes, even though we fancy ourselves grown at 16, we are a bit childlike.

I loved Lily’s great Aunt and Boomer, best supporting characters of the story. They made the book even more fun and the scenes with Dash and Lily’s great Aunt were by far some of my favorites. The way they talked and played off each other was perfect. Snark is my favorite thing in the world and I enjoyed Lily and Dash’s verbal banter throughout this book.

I also thought it was awesome how everyone kept describing Dash as snarly. Best description ever. There were so many great parts to this book, but I don’t want to give them all away because that would take the fun out of reading them. I will say this though, flying babies and lethal snowballs, *snickers* you’ll understand once you read Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, which I highly recommend that you do.

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares was a whimsical tale of taking chances and believing that there’s something to left to hope about. I laughed, ‘awed’, and fell for the characters like no others. I’ll definitely be adding this to my growing number of paperbacks!

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Author Bio:

Rachel grew up in the D.C. area and graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in Political Science. She has written many YA novels, including three that she cowrote with her friend and colleague David Levithan. She lives and writes (when she's not reading other people's books, organizing her music library or looking for the best cappuccino) in New York City.

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Author Bio:

David Levithan (born 1972) is an American children's book editor and award-winning author. He published his first YA book, Boy Meets Boy, in 2003. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a Young Adult imprint of Scholastic Press.


  1. I am also book reader. I love to read book but with m coffee. Without coffee I do not feel better during book reading.

    Kopi Luwak

    1. I'm a huge coffee drinker too! And book reader, obviously haha. Thanks for stopping by! :)

  2. I love the name Dash for a guy. And I really like that you loved this book so much. I have seen some good things about it but I still have not grabbed a copy for myself. It looks like it will be a good holiday read. It's going on my TBR

    Great review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

    1. Hey Michelle,

      I love the name Dash for a guy too! I adored it! It was perfection. It's definitely the perfect holiday read, thanks for stopping by! :)

  3. I read this book just a few months ago! Its such a cute-sweet story !! And I too love the name Dash for a guy !!

    - Gayatri @ Notorious Writer


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