Title: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares
Authors: Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Original Publication Date: October 26, 2010
Genre(s): Young Adult, Romance, Holiday
Goodreads Synopsis: “‘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.’
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?”
*No spoilers below.
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares was nothing short of what you’d expect from a coming-of-age, Young Adult romance. It was such an easy-going, cozy read. I loved that the setting was New York during the Holiday season because, what could be better? The descriptions of spectacular lights, decorations, and cheer made my heart swell and long to be there. I was put into the most festive of spirits!
The idea of the red notebook being passed back and forth was one I had never read before, it was so exciting. I anticipated the next entry as much as Dash and Lily did and jumped every time one or the other found it again.
Even though the chapters were alternating, Lily’s were always much longer than Dash’s. I wanted more background information on him. A few things were mentioned here and there about his past but, never quite in-depth enough. If we were never put into his POV, I wouldn’t have noticed or minded. Dealing with Lily’s family shenanigans and experiencing all she never knew life had to offer was everything, it’s what made this entire book.
The first time I thought “I’m close to finishing,” there was about an hour left to go. The ending came with a nice, slow-burn that completely satisfied me. I wasn’t expecting there to be a sequel but, I am super interested in reading it. Hopefully, we will hear more from Dash!
Dates Read: November 27-December 04, 2019
My Rating: 3.75 out of 5
“You want meaning? Well, the meanings are out there. We’re just so damn good at reading them wrong.”
“You think fairy tales are only for girls? Here’s a hint–ask yourself who wrote them. I assure you, it wasn’t just the women. It’s the great male fantasy–all it takes is one dance to know that she’s the one. All it takes is the sound of her song from the tower, or a look at her sleeping face. And right away you know–this is the girl in your head, sleeping or dancing or singing in front of you. Yes, girls want their princes, but boys want their princesses just as much. And they don’t want a very long courtship. They want to know immediately.”
“For every exhausted soul like myself, there were at least three whose faces were lifted in absurd wonder at the neon brightness. As much as I wanted to have the hardest of hearts, such plaintive joy made me feel what a leaky, human vessel it really was.”
“I wanted to ask her, What does a stranger feel like? Not to be snarky or sarcastic. Because I really wanted to know if there was a difference, if there was a way to become truly knowable, if there wasn’t always something keeping you a stranger, even to the people you weren’t strange to at all.”
“I was attempting to write the story of my life. It wasn’t so much about the plot. It was much more about character.”
“I need to keep my mind open for what could happen and not decide that the world is hopeless if what I want to happen doesn’t happen. Because something else great might happen in between.“
“The important people in our lives leave imprints. They may stay or go in the physical realm, but they are always there in your heart, because they helped formed your heart. There’s no getting over that.“
“So even though it doesn’t seem like anything’s changed–things change all the time, mostly in little ways. That’s how it goes, I guess.”