Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Published By: Allen & Unwin
Publication Date: December 1st, 2010
Series: Dash & Lily, #1
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Date Read: December 31st, 2016
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Author’s Website (Rachel Cohn) | Author’s Website (David Levithan)
Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a shelf in her favourite bookshop, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept them. But is Dash that right guy? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?
From the authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist comes a warm and funny story that will leave you perusing bookshop shelves, looking for a red notebook of your own.
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares is a YA contemporary novel set at Christmas in New York. The book is told by both Dash and Lily’s perspective and I loved how distinct both of their personalities were. The story depicts two teenagers who are connected through messages sent back and forth through a red Moleskine notebook, even though they have never met before. It follows the development of the two characters, Dash and Lily, and the love story that unfolds.
Lily is a sixteen years old girl who absolutely loves Christmas. Her parents leave her and her brother for the Christmas holidays to go to Fiji. Their grandfather went off to Florida to see his girlfriend and Lily’s brother is only interested in spending time with his boyfriend, Benny. Langston, finds a way to keep Lily occupied–he creates a list of dares written in a red Moleskine Journal and left it in her favourite bookshop near her favourite book.
“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.”
Dash is a boy who loves reading and hates Christmas. A few days before Christmas Dash decided to peruse the aisles of his favourite bookshop and near one of his favourite books he finds a red notebook. He is curious and decides to accept the dares written inside.
“We all just took the bookstore at its word, because if you couldn’t trust a bookstore, who could you trust?”
Dash and Lily are the total opposites. Dash never recovered from his parents’ divorce; Lily stayed at home while her parents celebrated their second honeymoon in Fiji. Dash revelled in being alone; Lily is scared of not having anybody. But they do have something in common – they love to read.
I loved Dash’s character more than Lily’s. Some people will certainly find him obnoxious at first. We’re introduced to Dash first as he discovers Lily’s red Moleskine notebook, instructing him to find a book on French Pianism. I enjoyed reading his POV. Dash is very charming in this unobtrusive way that makes being snarly so endearing.
“The important people in our lives leave imprints. They may stay or go in the physical realm, but they are always there in your heart, because they helped form your heart. There’s no getting over that.”
The only aspect I didn’t enjoy that much was that even though the relationship between Dash & Lily was cute, I really didn’t see any chemistry. This book was cute and funny, but failed to make me care about the actual characters as opposed to the things happening to them.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. This was a ton of fun to read and a great book to read over Christmas. If you are looking for a light, funny, romantic read, I recommend Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares.