Review: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

Title: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares
Author: Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Who’s it for? Teens

What’s it about? At the urge of her lucky-in-love brother, sixteen-year-old Lily has left a read notebook full of dares on her favourite bookshop shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept.
Curious, snarky Dash isn’t one to back down from a challenge – and the Book of Dares is the perfect things to keep him occupied this Christmas.
As they send each other on a snowbound scavenger hunt across Manhattan, they’re falling for each other on paper. But finding out if their real selves share their on-page chemistry could be their biggest dare yet.

(Blurb taken from book)

What’s good about it? I really, really liked the concept. The idea of two people finding love through a red moleskin notebook is a beautiful one. Although having worked in a bookshop I do wonder how long the notebook would have stayed there on the shelves – the misfiled books, sure, they’re not so easy to pick out, but a bright red notebook?

The voices are very distinct. There’s a clear difference in how the two main characters speak and I did like that.
What’s bad about it? As with everything, this is just personal preference and I know a lot of people who would love this. But it just isn’t for me.
The verdict? I finished this feeling distinctly underwhelmed. I was geared up for a romance and it felt like a fizzle. Dash seemed cynical and dark purely for the sake of being cynical and dark and I tended to be more irritated by his sections than anything else. I had little sympathy for him. He did seem pretty pretentious so to be honest I wasn’t really rooting for their romance at all.
I liked Lily a little more than Dash but for a sixteen-year-old girl she seemed to act more like a ten-year-old at times and I found it quite jarring. She was quite sweet and quirky but…I just couldn’t warm to either of them.
I went into this expecting a warm, Christmastime romance and I finished it feeling mildly irritated. So it wasn’t for me. However, the concept is lovely and if you enjoy gentle romances you might like this.

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