“Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares” by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan


asteriaiconI was browsing Overdrive for a book to read in their teen section, and came across this. I had never heard of it before, but had seen that they had also written “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” which I liked, and decided to give it a try.

Dash goes to the Strand bookstore in New York around Christmas time. While browsing the stacks he comes across a red Moleskin notebook between the books on a shelf. When he opens the notebook, he sees written: “I’ve left clues for you. If you want them, turn the page. If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf please.” Dash decides to accept the challenge, and so begins the whirlwind adventure of Dash meeting Lily.

The story alternates between Dash and Lily’s point of view as each leave little dares for the other in the notebook that lead them through the city. Through the book they become closer and closer to each other, being able to hide behind anonymity and telling each other things they wouldn’t normally tell anyone. They work well together on paper, but is this true love?

I really enjoyed the meet cute story of Dash and Lily, and for perhaps the first time I found myself reading for the romance. I have become such a sucker in my old age for a good Hallmark-esque story, especially a Christmas Hallmark-esque story. The story really reminded me of my relationship with my hubby. I am the one in the relationship who LOVES Christmas like Lily, while he is the Grinch like Dash.

I found myself really liking Dash’s character, but found Lily a little juvenile. She is 16, yet I felt like maybe the story was geared for a younger audience. I do remember first loves usually are a little juvenile, and you are a little more naïve, but I wished she acted a little more mature. But even that wasn’t enough for me to not smile my way through the book, and I cannot wait to see where Dash & Lily’s love goes in the sequel.

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