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

Posted October 2, 2012 by Rowena in Reviews | 4 Comments

Review: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David LevithanReviewer: Rowena
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares (Dash & Lily, #1) by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 26th 2010
Pages: 260
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“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.

What a short read this book turned out to be and an enjoyable short read, too.

I really enjoyed this book because the concept behind the whole book of dares thing was just too cute for words.  This book made it onto my radar because Ames read and liked it.  I can almost always tell that I’m going to like a book that Ames has liked because I haven’t disliked a book that she’s recommended me.

This book follows young Dash and Lily as they get to know each other through a red notebook with clues to their next adventures.  They get to know each other through these clues and they grow closer over their Christmas holidays spent without their parents.  Dash found Lily’s red notebook at the Strand bookstore in NYC and followed the clues set forth in the book and the back and forth between the two of them began.  The way that these two “meet” was too cute for words.  I loved the clues, I loved the notebook and I loved seeing these two come together because really, they were too adorable for words.

Dash is loner type of guy who’s been through a tough custody battle between his parent so he’s a lot wiser than his young years and he’s tricks his parents into leaving him alone for the Christmas holiday.  Lily is kind of the opposite as Dash where she loves Christmas and is not happy that her parents took their 25 year anniversary trip over the Christmas holiday.

The two of them made quite the pair and I really thought that Cohn and Levithan wrote a great story with two characters that I came to love over the course of the book.  I’m really looking forward to reading more by these two (I haven’t read Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist but I will now).  This book was enjoyable but as much as I enjoyed it, I wanted more to the ending.  The way that it ended, I hope that there’s another story to follow.  I’m totally crossing my fingers for another book featuring these two.  I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys stories by either author or really, to anyone who enjoys contemporary YA.  This book doesn’t disappoint.

…and that’s your scoop!

This book is available from Mira Ink. This book was received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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4 responses to “Review: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

  1. So glad you enjoyed this book, Wena! I thought it was a very fun book to read, perfect for christmas. I have to say though, I didn’t like their first meeting 🙁 and like you, I wished the ending was more satisfying. Still, it was a great book 🙂

    By the way, I’d skip Nick and Norah’s list. I read that book after reading Dash and Liliy’s book of dares and found it disappointing 🙁

  2. I have to agree with you about the ending. I loved this book book and their journey but the end felt incomplete somehow.

  3. I loved reading the first half of this book as they were following the clues left for each other. Once they met though it felt as though the book lost a bit of steam. I still haven’t read any more of the author’s collaborations. I will get to it eventually.

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