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

Title: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares

Authors: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Humor.

Publisher: Ember, an Imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

Publication Date: October 26th 2010

Source: Own Paperback

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

Goodreads Summary:

“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.

My Thoughts:

Dash had become a voluntary orphan for Christmas, telling his dad he was spending it with his mother, and his mom that he was spending it with his dad, while both parents vacationed somewhere else with their new partners and Dash hooped between their apartments. He was everything no one was, as long as he was different and not mainstream. Lily was having one of the worst Christmases, that with her parents having a late honeymoon in Fiji, her grandfather in Florida, and his brother making out and God-knows-what-else with his boyfriend.

Two people—one boy, one girl—moving around the busy streets around New York, a red moleskin notebook being their bridge of communication.  Can their adventures from the notebook be the same as if they met in person? Or is their weird friendship meant only to be read between the pages of the moleskin and dares across the city?

The beginning of the book is quite confusing, mostly Dash’s point of view. He has such a big and complex vocabulary that it made my brain hurt to think what it meant, finally giving up and searching it on the dictionary. Lily was annoying because she seemed like this merry-go-around good citizen that was cheerful all the time and had the typical American spirit of Christmas you see in movies of the mentioned holiday *gags*. I was deceived. As the story goes on we get a more profound look into these characters and why they are like that. We begin to understand them and ultimately, love them as if they were real people. By the middle of the book Dash wasn’t annoying, but misunderstood, someone with great intelligence and his defense mechanism against people who didn’t understand being his great smartass remarks. He was logical, analytical, and carefully made his actions; spontaneous things happened rarely. And Lily, she’s this troubled kid that everyone is wary of because she can become explosive and “too sensitive” to things. We see her as being an impulsive character, instinctive,  smart, and wild, in a good way. I felt like these characters were wonderfully made between Cohn and Levithan. Here’s how Dash describes Lily by the almost-the-end of the book.

I had thought Lily would be methodical—a checklist kind of baker. Much to my surprise—and delight—she was not like this at all. Instead, she was impulsive, instinctive, combining ingredients at whim…
“Your lightness,” I said, hardly knowing what I was saying. “It’s disarming.”

And now Lily’s view of Dash:

Sorry to be so goofy and obvious about the declaration, but there was something just so… dashing about young Dashiell. It wasn’t the fedora hat he was wearing or how nicely his blue shirt complimented his deep blue eyes; it was more the composition of his face, a mixture of handsome and sweet, young but wise, his expression arch yet kind.

I know almost 90% percent of people say this UK model called Joshua Anthony Brand should play as Augustus Waters of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, but with the descriptions of the book, he’d make such a good Dash too… *sigh*

Isn’t he… dashing? xD

The plot was interesting and had so many turns I did not anticipate. It wasn’t your typical Christmas story, not at all. It had Christmas in there, but it wasn’t the main thing as one would expect from the first page on. It was amazing. And this GIF is here because I have no words to describe the plot…

Colbert High Five

A really, really good read.

And now, quotes I liked :3

  • “The important people in our lives leave imprints. They may stay or go in the physical realm, but they are always there in your heart, because they helped form your heart. There’s no getting over that.”
  • “You think fairy tales are only for girls? Here’s a hint—ask yourself who wrote them. I assure you, it wasn’t just the women. It’s the great male fantasy—all it takes is one dance to know that she’s the one. All it takes is the sound of her song from the tower, or a look at her sleeping face. And right away you know—this is the girl in your head, sleeping or dancing or singing in front of you. Yes, girls want their princes, but boys want their princesses just as much. And they don’t want a very long courtship. They want to know immediately.”
  • “I was horribly bookish, to the point of coming right out and saying it, which I knew was not socially acceptable. I particularly loved the adjective bookish, which I found other people used about as often as ramrod or chum or teetotaler.”
  • “You want meaning? Well, the meanings are out there. We’re just so damn good at reading them wrong.”
  • “It’s hard to answer a question you haven’t been asked. It’s hard to show you tried unless you end up succeeding.”

Rating: 5 stars

it was amazing

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Find the book: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads

Author websites: Rachel Cohn | David Levithan

5 thoughts on “Review: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Cohn and Levithan

    1. I had mine in a pile too! Until I thought “What the heck” and read it. The first chapter was a bit painstaking for me, but as you move on you might start to like it. And thanks! 😀 I hope you enjoy it as much or more than I did!


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