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Review: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and 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.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the 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.


I really enjoyed this book. It was super cute and the perfect Christmassy read.

The story revolves around Lily and Dash, teenagers in New York, who meet via a read moleskine notebook Lily leaves in a bookshop with a series of instructions and is found by Dash. Via the book they pair exchange dares and challenges over the Christmas period.

I really enjoyed this book. Both characters are really interesting in their different ways. Dash is quite independent and cynical about christmas while having a really soft edge underneath it all while Lily really does just wear her heart on her sleeve. Both have been left to have Christmas without their parents in new York and get completely drawn into the other person via their back and forth messages via the notebook.

I found myself fascinated with the idea behind the main story and couldn't wait to see where it was going next. I loved seeing where their interactions would take them next and loved seeing how they slowly became friends over the course of the book before they'd even met each other. The secondary character in this book are also worth a mention. There are so many quirky and funny characters dotted about the places in this book that it's hard to mention them all but I will say they all really added something to the story. The amount of times I ended up chuckling away as I was reading was untrue.

A brilliant Christmas read. I highly recommend it as a stocking filler!


This book just made me want to watch Christmas films all day! Loved it!
How Awesome! I just finished and reviewed this book today :) I loved it too. It made me want to start my own notebook adventure.
Mel said…
I have to admit I've been wondering if this was for me but I really am starting to get into the christmas mood and it looks much more fun now than it did back in September! I think I will check this out! :-)