This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
Published by Ember on October 11, 2011
Genres: Family, Friendship, Holidays, Social Issues, Young Adult
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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 cosmic mismatch of disastrous proportions?
I have to give all thanks for this book to Trisha over at Yellow, Green and Read All Over. She was reading it for the Ho-Ho-Ho Read-A-Thon and recommended it to me, and I’m very glad she did. I have not read any of the Cohn, Levithan books before, but I do have Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist on DVD (yes, I know shocking). The tale of holiday crossed teens was a very fun read. The world building was very well done and the pacing was great with a chapter a day alternating between the two leads. Dash is the Scrooge-ish loather of all things Christmas and Lily is the person who organizes the neighborhood caroling. The supporting cast was perfection; overprotective family members, ridiculous friends and even a shout out to Fistful of Assholes made for a great time. I also enjoyed how Dash was described as snarly and everyone knew who was being talked about. The only detraction for me was a ridiculous (and not in a good way) plot line involving a park, a dog and a baby. It was very hokey and I felt it pulled the story down. Aside from that, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares was a sweet holiday read that I really enjoyed.
Favorite lines – “I mean, what if love isn’t a yes-or-no question? It’s not either you’re in love or you’re not. I mean, aren’t there different levels? And maybe these things, like words and expectations and whatever, don’t go on top of the love. Maybe it’s like a map, and they all have their own place, and then when you see it from the sky—whoa.”
Biggest cliché – “I am way too cool to like something as mainstream as Christmas.”
Have you read Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, or added it to your TBR?