Book Review | Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Title: Dash & Lily's Book of Dares


Series: ---

Genres: Young Adult Contemporary, Young Adult Romance, Humor

Publication & Year: Knopf Books  2010

Page Number: 260

Synopsis from Goodreads:
“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 New York Timesbestselling 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 comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Co-written by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, co-author of WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON with John Green (LET IT SNOW, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS), DASH & LILY'S BOOK OF DARES is a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

From the Hardcover edition.
My Rating★★★★★

Quotes I Like:
"I wanted a little credit, even before I'd earned it." - Dash

"Well, the meanings are out there. We're just so damn good at reading them wrong." - Dash

"...I don't think meaning is something that can be explained. You have to understand it n your own. It's like when you're starting to read...It's that leap, that understanding, that leads to meaning." - Dash

My Thoughts:
Such a cute, humorous, romantic ya read. Loved the New York City winter feel as I am a New Yorker myself. Lily and Dash were opposites attracted by a fun game her brother created. Thoroughly enjoyed the character and relationship development. Great freaking winter read! I would suggest this as an awesome Christmas read over Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle.

- Spoiler Alert -
Shocks me how much a big brother will do for his sister just to have alone time with his significant other. The game Langston and his boyfriend created for Lily with the red Moleskin was super cute. A book of dares in the New York City just seems extremely romantic -- in the book world of course. 

I loved Dash witty and sarcastic remarks throughout the book he was such a funny character. He would think or say something and then go into thought about it or try to explain it. Especially when he was doing the dares at The Strand and ran into Priya numerous times. So funny! He definitely takes the cake for most lovable quotes.

I enjoyed that they both were complete opposites. Lily enjoys Christmas and the joys that come with it while Dash couldn't stand it. Dash was a bit more daring, while Lily was a bit reserved. The differences between the two definitely made for such a cute couple in the end. 

I did, however, feel bad for the grandpa. He proposed to his girl only to find out he was her winter fling. Such craziness, but truth in which some older women don't want to settle down. They want to dabble in various jars and be single. Really felt bad for him, but I liked how he turned a negative to a positive after getting advice from his 16 year old grand daughter, Lily.

Overall, this was such a joy to read. It's a true depiction of how opposites can attract and make for a great relationship. Reminds me of my fiance and I on a few levels. I wish I would have read this book first for Christmas rather than Let It Snow. I definitely plan to read more books from this duo.

What are your thoughts on this novel?