Book Review: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Dash and Lily

Info: 260 pages, paperback, Contemporary YA romance, published October 11, 2011

Synopsis: “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?

First Impressions: I think with the quality of the content, this cover could have been so cool and fun. It’s not terrible, but it’s totally forgettable.

Why I Chose This Book: In my reading challenge, I needed an author with my first name. While trying to find one that spells Rachel without the extra A (Why would you throw in another vowel? #Unnecessary), I realized that half of one of my favorite contemporary romances was written by Rachel Cohn, and I was saved. Plus, this concept is flawless and I’ll never have enough of it.

What I Liked: Everything? Lily is precious and amazing. I could only picture Emily Osment from Hannah Montana, probably because of the name. She’s just so optimist and caring while remaining realistic. It was so fun to experience ‘Shrilly’, and the story of how she got that moniker totally broke my heart. Also, these are MY FAVORITE PLOTS. I LOVE books going back and forth, strangers leaving dares and quests. I need more in my life. If you have any suggestions for some books with these, PLEASE give them to me so I can go add them to my shelf posthaste.

What I Didn’t Like: Dash is the textbook pretentious teen boy. Ugh. But he got better.

Ratings and Recommendations: Amazing read for a light, fluffy contemporary romance. Perfect if you want that kind of book AND it’s Christmas time.

1. New Favorite Alert

Final Thoughts: If you liked Little Numbers of Klaine fanfic fame, you’ll LOVE this. Very similar. Now excuse me while I get the other Cohn/Levithan books. Oh, Nick and Nora…

Let me know: Have you read this PHENOMENAL book? Did you love it as much as I did? Are you going to read it? PLEASE DO.



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