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

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan

Such a fun book! This book was so creative and just wonderful to listen to. The notebook is Lily’s brother’s idea, but she and Dash keep it going for many days. They send each other all over New York City at Christmas time, enlisting friends and relatives to help out. I laughed out loud several times while listening to this book – at 1.0x speed no less. It was full of profound nuggets of wisdom, much like a John Green novel, and I didn’t want to rush through it.

I loved Dash’s cynicism about Christmas. It was juxtaposed with Lily’s innocent, hopeful, idealistic love of the holidays. Both Lily and Dash have been abandoned by their parents at Christmas, which kind of annoyed me. But the book isn’t without adult characters. Lily’s Great Aunt Ida, Grandpa, uncles, and cousin Mark fill the void and add to the fun.

Dash and Lily open up to each other through the notebook and get to know each other intimately before meeting. It didn’t exactly feel like falling in love, but I think love based on friendship is always the best kind of love.

They meet about half way through the book, and it’s a little awkward. They struggle to relate to each other in person. As an introvert and someone who likes to think before speaking, I understood this predicament all too well. It’s so much easier to express yourself on paper.

The plot gets a little crazy around that point as well. There were some shenanigans that were too bizarre for me. But there were also some fun tidbits thrown into the story: a made up Pixar movie, Harry Potter references, and lots of literary references. The number one item on Dash’s Christmas list was The Oxford English Dictionary. So nerdy! I loved it.

I was intrigued by the two authors. How did they write a book together? As my husband predicted, they alternated chapters. Very cool.

I highly recommend this book. And I will be checking out their other books.

Rating: 4 Stars

This review was originally posted on Mom’s Radius.

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
Dash & Lily #1
Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
Young Adult Fiction
Listening Library
November 16, 2010

“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.”

16-year-old Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on her favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. Dash, in a bad mood during the holidays, happens to be the first guy to pick up the notebook and rise to its challenges.

What follows is a whirlwind romance as Dash and Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City. But can their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions, or will their scavenger hunt end in a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Co-written by Rachel Cohn (GINGERBREAD) and David Levithan, co-author of WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON with John Green (THE FAULT IN OUR STARS), DASH & LILY'S BOOK OF DARES is a love story that will have readers scouring bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

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