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Friday, May 31, 2013

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

260 pages, YA Contemporary Romance
My rating: 4 stars


“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 ofNick & 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.

My 2 cents

Dash & Lily is a cute story about two teenagers who suck at love, and are spending a very lonely Christmas by themselves. Lily is sad and dismayed by this, while Dash is thrilled for some alone time. Lily's brother, Langston, finds a way to keep Lily occupied--he creates a dare game using a red moleskin journal and Lily's love for books. She writes a message in it with a bunch of clues for whomever finds the book to follow. If he is the boy of her dreams, the book will lead them to each other--or so the theory goes!

Of course, none of this is realistic, but I was able to suspend reality for a little time and go on this journey with Lily and Dash. This is a dual POV book between our two MCs, so we get to know them quite well. They were both great characters, as were all the supporting characters. The character development was definitely the best part of the story!

Also the comedy! This is a laugh-out-loud funny type of book. Lots of things can happen to a teenager running around New York City during the Christmas holidays, or so it did to Dash and Lily! If you are looking for a light, funny, romantic read, pick up Dash & Lily!


  1. Have you read other books by David Levithan? He is always on my to-read list, but I have only read one of his books. However, I absolutely fell in love with his writing. My question is, if you have read other books by him, do you think this one is just as good as his others? Thanks!

    1. I've read Every Day, and I liked that one a little better than Dash & Lily. But both books were good! Thanks for stopping!


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