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

What’s it about?

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.

At the urge of her lucky-in-love brother, sixteen-year-old Lily has left a red 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 distraction he’s been looking for.

As they send each other on a 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….



My thoughts

This was my last read of 2017 and one which I purchased just before Christmas.  I bought it based on another book bloggers review (thanks Ali at I Wuv Books) and it was such the loveliest Christmas read.

I loved the setting of New York at Christmas, the descriptions are just like those from a movie.  In fact, this would make a great movie.  I liked Dash and Lily but definitely had a soft spot for Boomer and Grandpa and all the secondary characters helping Dash and Lily along their way – let’s face it , they know some cool people!

I liked that the chapters switched between Dash and Lily’s perspectives, getting to know them better through their thoughts in the red notebook and their insecurities and hopes.

Having said all that, I didn’t award 5* because of the way these pair speak.  I mean these are the most eloquent couple of teenagers you’ll come across, just like the two from The Fault in our Stars.  Words and phrases that I can’t ever imagine using in my forties let alone young adults.  I don’t quite get why the authors have them speak like this, I know that they’re intelligent and bookish but have them speak like they’re from their own generation.

Overall a highly enjoyable read that reminded me of You’ve Got Mail and Serendipity which pose the question can the real thing ever be as good as the expectation?

Book links: Goodreads | Waterstones | Amazon

Author links:  Website

Small print for info
Source: Purchased
No of pages:  274
Publisher:  MIRA Ink

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

    • Lindsay | Bookboodle says:

      I thought it was great. It’s a shame that booksellers label them as YA as I reckon so many people are missing out. I would never have heard of it had not been a recommendation 🙂


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