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.
"Review from Ashia" By The Romance Reviews 2 years ago
My attention was caught by the summary of DASH & LILY'S BOOK OF DARES, and I am happy to report that this book is a total delight and has resulted in me smiling and chuckling throughout the entire story.
On a visit to the Strand (bookstore) several days before Christmas, Dash came across a red notebook with instructions...or dares. He performed them successfully, and learned that the notebook owner was a girl named Lily. He hit upon a bright idea to come up with his own dares for Lily. And the game continues...
The dares were fun to read, but what saved this book from a boring read of stunts were the personalities and character that were being revealed about the protagonists, how they managed to connect via the red Moleskine notebook. Yet, there's also a deeper exploration of this connection: Was Dash entranced by the real Lily or his idea of her? And vice-versa. What happens should they meet?
The chapters alternated between Dash and Lily, narrated from the first person point of view. The book was never boring, the pace just right, urging the reader along from chapter to chapter.
I do wish there had been more scenes of Dash and Lily when they were finally together. Maybe because of this, I felt their chemistry more when they were exchanging the notebook than when they were together in the flesh. Perhaps this was what the authors meant about expectations and reality. I do feel that Dash and Lily shared their deepest and innermost thoughts and feelings more through the notebook, and the profoundness of their thoughts caused me to stop and ponder at times.
Witty and snarky, with more than a hint of seriousness, DASH & LILY'S BOOK OF DARES will charm and delight not only teens but also adults like me!