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

December 10, 2012 Book Review, Young Adult 13 ★★★★½

Dash & Lily's Book of DaresDash & Lily's Book of Dares by David Levithan, Rachel Cohn
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 26th 2010
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Holiday, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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“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 ofNick & 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.


Adorably festive, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares was exactly the light and fun book I needed at this time of year and will truly become one of my favorites.

Right from the beginning I was swept away on this adventure between Lily and Dash. Dash happens upon a red notebook with a list of clues to find that was left by Lily, on the urging of her brother and his boyfriend to help keep her occupied. Both characters find themselves semi-alone for Christmas, though they have different feelings about that. We are taken from one crazy adventure to the next and I found myself laughing and smiling through each and every one. I don’t even care that some of the circumstances were cheesy or silly because it was all just so much fun! When Dash gets stuck going to Macy’s on Christmas Eve and having to sit on Santa’s lap to get the next clue, or when Lily loses her boot a la Cinderella in her efforts to ditch a situation she gets nervous about, both are just a couple of many moments that had me in stitches. It doesn’t even sound as great coming from me here I realize, but how it was all thrown together on the pages was so charming. I was kept on the edge or my seat, wanting to discover what surprises the characters would throw at each other next.

Both Lily and Dash were sweet, likable characters. Lily is this quirky, Christmas-loving, ‘marches to the beat of her own drum’ (quite literally since she is wearing majorette boots) kind of girl who is thoroughly upset that her parents have left her for the Holiday. Dash is another who doesn’t fit the ‘typical’ teenage mold. He is a huge reader who desires to own the complete volumes of the Oxford English Dictionary. Also, he really doesn’t like Christmas. Together though? Magic happens I swear. Their adventures were just really and truly a riot. I heart them both. Seriously.

If you are looking for some light entertainment to fill you with joy this Holiday season, I implore you to pick up a copy of this book and get lost in the pages.

About David Levithan

David Levithan (born 1972) is an American children’s book editor and award-winning author. He published his first YA book, Boy Meets Boy, in 2003. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a Young Adult imprint of Scholastic Press.

About Rachel Cohn

Rachel grew up in the D.C. area and graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in Political Science. She has written many YA novels, including three that she cowrote with her friend and colleague David Levithan. She lives and writes (when she’s not reading other people’s books, organizing her music library or looking for the best cappuccino) in New York City.

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13 Responses to “Review: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan”

  1. starryeyedjen

    Okay, you’ve convinced me. I’m chucking the audio of Beautiful Creatures in favor of Dash & Lily. I’ve been wanting to read it anyway, but I’ve got too many others to read first, so the audio is the perfect compromise. Yay for fun holiday books. I’ve got to work in Let it Snow sometime soon, too. 😀

  2. Traci @ The Reading Geek

    Great review! You’ve convinced me to read this one while I’m on my christmas break. It sounds so cute and I’ve been wanting to read it for months. Definitely sounds like a good time to read it now.

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