Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
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?
Here’s the scoop:
Lily— thanks to the genius that is her adorbs older brother, Langston— leaves a red notebook on the shelf of her favorite bookstore (not one of those chain-store, Tom Hanks and Fox Books in You’ve Got Mail monstrosities. This is one of those cool, hole in the wall places for the true reading aficionado). On the front cover she/they wrote three simple words: DO YOU DARE? As Dash picks up the notebook, partly out of boredom and party out of curiosity, he begins a journey with Lily, and she with him, because…oh yes…he dares.
This book is written from the alternating perspectives of Dash and Lily. We start by meeting Dash. He’s a Christmas-hating, smart, cool but not too cool guy who’s just convinced each of his divorced parents that he’s spending the holiday with the other parent, scoring a solo, but hopefully peaceful holiday. Lily, who could have been raised in Whoville, is the complete opposite. She’s a holiday-lovin, quirky, joy-filled ball of cute whose brother is trying to pawn her off on someone else so he can spend as much time as possible with his new boyfriend.
Though there isn’t a big story here, this book is alot of fun. The story is simple, but completely character-driven, relying on the self-deprecating humor and inner workings Dash and Lily’s thoughts to move the plot along. As the they write back and forth and offer various challenges to one another, they begin a relationship that is somewhat difficult to label— notebook buddies? Friends that might be something more? Kind of dating?— especially since they’ve never met face to face.
“Cute” is the perfect word to describe Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. I thought it had a great start (I was laughing within the first pages) and it had me rooting for the characters to have a happy ending. It did drag a tiny but in the middle, but not enough for me to lose interest completely and by the end, it totally redeemed itself. It was impossible not to have a huge, satisfied smile on my face at the end of the story.
Crush Intensity: 4/5 Hello cuteness!
How I See It:
Aaron Johnson from Kickass is totally has the dorky cuteness I picture on Dash.
Have you SEEN True Grit, because holy freaking cow, it was amazing? One of the most incredible things about it was Hailee Steinfeld. Girlfriend has a huge career ahead of her (and, if you believe the rumors, a future that may include playing Katniss, a role in which she would clearly kick some serious ASS. Siriusly). Lily is supposed to be adorable in a quirky kind of way and I think Hailee would be perfection.