“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 Times bestselling 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? 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.
Every year, I try and curl up with some kind of Christmas read in December. I picked Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares because I had heard great things about it and it sounded adorable. If next holiday season you found yourself trolling local bookstore in search of a cute, romantic story to get you into the spirit, I highly suggest picking this novel up.
The plot was definitely not what I expected and kept me on my toes all throughout the novel. Cohn and Levithan managed to come up with situations that were a brilliant mixture of bizarre, hilarious and cute. I will say that I thought the ending was perfect.
I wrote down thousands upon quotes in my quote book as I read this novel. With his love of books and words, Dash was a charming and endearing protagonist. Lily frustrated me at times, but I couldn’t help but love how into the holidays and dog-walking she was. What I loved both about these characters was the fact that they had insightful moments but were also still depicted as normal teenagers whose lives are full of awkward encounters and exasperating family members.
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares was an adorable read, perfect for a December evening on the couch with a mug of cocoa and some sugar cookies. I will definitely re-read this book in future years, and I’m already looking forward to revisiting these memorable characters and my favorite passages. I highly recommend obtaining a copy of this book for your holiday shelves.
Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book.