Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares – Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

7741325Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: October 26th, 2010
Publisher: Knopf BFYR
Point of View: 1st Person & Boy-Girl
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: YA, Contemporary Romance, Christmas, Books about Books


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?


Anyone up for a Christmas story in July?

This book put me in such a Holiday mood that I immediately downloaded the movie Almost Christmas on my computer upon starting it.

It wasn’t as good as this book. Rachel Cohn and David Levithan rock. Jingle all the way. I don’t know of a more curious and fitting writing pair. Or maybe I do, but I just can’t think of any right now. I’m still recuperating from the Christmas love. Ah, it hurts not to be in December right now.

Never you mind that. No Canadian in their right mind would wish for winter to come. Back to the book—a book about books and dares and romances—it was quite charming.

Dash and Lily do not know each other, but slowly they will. Dash finds a book leading to Lily if he dares and he does dare indeed. And so begins a series of unfortunate events for both characters.

… Kidding. Sort of. Not all dares are elegant and not all dares are enchanting. A dare is a dare because it’s challenging and takes willingness. What will come out of it remains to be seen for you.

This is a book about relationships—forming new ones and figuring existing ones out. Dash thought he was in love once, perhaps he was wrong. Lily never kissed a boy, perhaps this is her turn to smooch.

Bleh, I feel old just saying that—smooch. Bleeeeeh. I might need to wash my mouth.

So anyway, lovely book. A little unrealistic towards the end (why did you need to bring in the media, authors?) but otherwise a satisfying Christmas romance.


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