Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Book Review- Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

I finished reading Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan for an Around the World Tour.

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 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.
First off, let me say that I love the plot of this story.  I mean really, really love it.  I love scavenger hunts and I love anything romantic and this story kind of tied both of them together.  I think it would be incredibly neat to find a notebook and leave clues and notes for each other around a city.  (Anyone want to tell my boyfriend this?  *hint hint*)
But for some reason I didn't really get any of the characters.  Dash was okay.  He wasn't your stereotypical male lead character--wasn't a jock, wasn't big into drinking, wasn't a player.  He was a sensitive soul.  But I didn't really care for Lily.  Once again, her character seemed too young for her age.  I don't know, maybe she was just too eccentric for my taste.
That being said, back to the plot.  I loved reading about all of the places that Dash and Lily went to leave the notebook or to get it.  I love NYC so reading about the touristy (and the not-so-touristy) spots were fun.  And I liked how the book ended.  Not too far-fetched but just right.
I gave this book a rating of 3.5/5.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 156
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 121
ARC Reading Challenge 2010: 110
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.


  1. Too bad you didn't enjoy the characters more. I think your right about the plot/premise. Really fun idea for a Christmas book.