Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares: Review

Title: Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
Author: Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
ISBN: 0375866590
Publisher: Harlequin UK
Source: NetGalley

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Goodreads 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?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.


I started reading this book the second I got it from NetGalley. I have been looking forward to it for a while now, and I've seen it on many people's blogs so I thought I'd give it a shot. However, it wasn't exactly what I expected. The synopsis made it sound seriously interesting to me as well as the beautiful cover. Not to mention, with the holidays coming up - yes I don't celebrate Christmas, but still - it sounded like the perfect read.

I was hooked from the moment I read this:

“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.”

The idea of dares and people getting to know one another indirectly holds a great appeal to me, I am not sure why, but somehow, you can get to know a person better that way. Many people are afraid of saying things out loud, so it's easier for them to reveal it on paper. Sometimes people would write the way they'd like to appear to another person, more fun or interesting or smart. You can be anything you want on paper with nothing to be nervous about and scared from. I am personally like that. I'm so much better on paper, I know how to articulate things better, I know how to communicate with others better, so this was very interesting to me.

Dash gets out of spending the holidays with either of his parents and finds himself in the library, only there's a notebook that captures his attention there. This notebook had a challenge and Dash found himself following it through. He then proceeds to challenge the owner of the notebook, Lily, back. This goes back and forth as they pass the notebook all around the city. They never meet, though they do meet the other person's friends or families. But they start to wonder, what if this is all good on paper but not real life?

This book was such a cute winter read that goes perfectly with the holidays. I enjoyed the dares and the idea of the book in general. I loved the assortment of secondary characters added in the mix and how diverse they were from one another. The most hilarious part in the book in my opinion was the first one with Dash in the library trying to figure out what the sentence Lily had written was. I honestly couldn't stop laughing.

What probably knocked a star out for me was Lily's character. On paper she sounded pretty great. In real life, she acted like she was twelve not sixteen. She complained about everything and acted like a baby, I don't get that. My sister is sixteen and I've never seen her be that obtuse or childish or ridiculous. Dash on the other hand was very awesome. His very intensive vocabulary in my opinion is what added to his charm and made him more nerdy and complex than usual. Lily not so much, which is weird, since it didn't match the interests she seemed to have in common with Dash.

I am looking forward to reading more books by those authors. Beta for Rachel Cohn and Every day for David Levithan.

Anyhow, fun read!

Rating: 3/5

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