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

How Excited Was I to Read Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares? 10. I had a feeling I was really going to enjoy it. The book had received high marks from other blogs I trust, and it sounded like fun!

How Excited Am I Now? 10! This book was a home run for me…

Book Jacket: “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 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?

Review: This book was written collaboratively by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan who exchanged chapters for the Lily and Dash voices respectively. Rachel Cohn and David Levithan are definitely, impossibly cool. I suspected that before I picked up this book, and I know it for sure now. The quirky individualistic beat-of-their-own-drums cool. I feel lucky to have spent a day and a half immersed in their universe!

Besides being impossibly cool, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares is a lot of fun. It’s a celebration, really. Of the holidays (in some form). Of individuality. Of New York City. Of being a teenager. Of falling in love. HOW AWESOME DOES THAT SOUND?

In regards to the latter… over the course of the book, Dash and Lily may or may not begin to fall in love with each other. I definitely fell in love with both of them – apart and together!

Dash is moody, overly articulate, sweet, and really very boyish. Swoon? Definitely. Especially since the one thing he wants most for Christmas is a copy of the OED.

(P.S. Fellow Word Nerds: I have a bonus recommendation for you today! Read The Professor and the Madman. It’s fascinating!)

Lily is delightful. The word comes up in the book multiple times, and it’s apt. Kudos to the authors for describing a character the way they were showing the character – not just informing me that she was delightful and I should thus find her that way! I was delighted by Lily! She rocked my hypothetical reindeer socks off.

Okay, enough about the characters. How about the plot? The plot involves a lot of New York adventures. That is all you need to know. This story isn’t really about the plot at all. If you are looking for a plot as the reader, you’re missing the ride of awesomeness swirling around you. And seriously, this is one ride you should jump on immediately!

Sexual Tension Factor: Adorable.

Re-Readability: As I read, I bookmarked so many passages. I suspect that in returning to those passages, I may find myself automatically rereading the book in its entirety. It’s that good.

Recommended For: New Yorkers, Hipsters, Anyone who wants their faith in humanity/young adult writing restored! Particularly recommended for the holiday season!

If you enjoy this book you should also check out: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, written by the same dynamic duo. The Boyfriend List or The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, both by E. Lockhart. And for a more serious but in some ways similar feel, anything by John Green, another awesome wordsmith.

Note: I received an ARC of this book from Harlequin Teen via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.