Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
“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.” 16-year-old Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on her favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. Dash, in a bad mood during the holidays, happens to be the first guy to pick up the notebook and rise to its challenges. What follows is a whirlwind romance as Dash and Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City. But can their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions, or will their scavenger hunt end in a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?
A perfect winter/Christmas read! First off, the cover. I think it’s perfect. This cover screams out what the book is about, you see the skyline of New York, the snow and the title. It’s a good book to read while snuggled up in a blanket during the winter.
The book is written in a dual perspective – Dash and Lily’s – and they alternate between each chapter. This allows us to get both perspectives on the story and we can see half of it from the other’s point of view. I personally love dual perspective books for this reason. It is very fast paced. I read this book quickly, it’s hard to put down. At the end of every chapter, it makes you wonder what dare one of the characters is going to give the other.
It’s filled with adventure and has a bit of mystery to it. The idea of these people trusting strangers who write on a notebook, doing their dares and going to the places they ask is a bit odd. However it does restore my faith in humanity that not every stranger is a sociopath. It’s a funny read that contains a number of different funny quotes. Here are my favourites:
“My name is a connector of words” -Dash
“I want that. The getting younger with each step, because of anticipation, in hope and belief” -Lily
“Wiis. (Wiis? Wii? What is the plural?)” -Dash
The dares were really interesting and creative. They put each other out of their comfort zone and made each other discover new things and go out into the world There’s not much to say about this book because it’s very short.
I highly recommend it for the winter season.
A heart warming novel with funny quotes and entertaining secondary characters. Cohn and Levithan did an excellent job with this quirky story.