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Dash & Lily's Book of Dares Paperback – 1 Oct 2012
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It was impossible not to have a huge, satisfied smile on my face at the end. --YA Crush
Another surefire hit from the creators of Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist. --Booklist
About the Author
Rachel Cohn and David Levithan are New York Times bestselling authors of YA fiction. They have co-written three books including Nick & Nora s Infinite Playlist which was adapted for a film in 2008. David Levithan is not just an international bestselling author but also the NA editor who acquired The Hunger Games.
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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?
Both Dash and Lily, our protagonists who alternate POVs between the authors, have been left alone over the Christmas period for different family reasons. This leads Lily to leave a notebook in one of the biggest second-hand book stores in NYC. A notebook full of riddles and dares. Dash and Lily pass the notebook between them, daring them to do outrageous things but never actually meeting each other. Through just this little notebook, the pair get to know each other personally. Sounds romantic, right? Well, that’s what I thought. I thought this would be a super-cute, fluffy read to settle me into a real Christmassy mood, and while it did make me feel Christmassy, it didn’t make me feel gooey and angst-y with the power of a strong couple (in other words, for the geeks like me out there, a ship).
Dash and Lily seem to have a lot of chemistry at first, but it seems to fizzle out pretty quickly. The dares aren’t really as crazy as it seemed to be - every dare was mildly embarrassing and/or tame. But the dares weren’t really what the book was about, despite being in the title. It was more about how Dash and Lily seemed to open up to each other through this notebook, and a great big build up to their meeting… BUT DAMMIT, COHN AND LEVITHAN! The meeting sucked. It felt like I was on the tip top of a roller-coaster, right before the dip, only to have it break down and have to be removed from the ride. It was so disappointing.
Dash and Lily themselves as characters were as mild as the plot. Dash was overly pretentious, and for Christ’s sake, he wore a fedora. A fedora, people. Lily isn’t bad much herself, just the way that Cohn writes her makes her sound more like she’s 11 rather than being 16. Both of the characters made major effed-up choices somewhere a little past the middle of the book, and it really did make me feel frustrated proving that I did enjoy reading this because I was emotionally invested… But it wasn’t really enough, personally. With a book, I like to feel connected to the story and characters and in this, I just knew the ending would be happy in some way so I kinda stopped caring. The happy ending would be a good thing if the romance had at least had a tiny iota of chemistry… But, no.
I really did enjoy the setting of this book - NYC is a personal favourite, although overdone, place of mine in books. It’s so beautiful, and normally it can be a bit cliché especially for romance novels to be set in NY, but with Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares it really worked well. It added to the great Christmas and New Year’s vibe you get from this book and made it more interesting to imagine in your head, too.
Pacing in this book was a little slow, it took too much of a time for Dash and Lily to actually meet and there were some really needless plot additions that just felt like fillers to me. There were also a bumload of characters to try and keep up with - crazy amounts of relatives and names and blaaaah to remember about everything and everyone. But I suppose Christmas is a very family-themed time, so the abundance of characters does sit well.
Overall, this book should totally be read in Christmas if you have the chance - but it’s probably not the best holiday themed read you can get out there!
Lily leaves a notebook in The Strand bookshop in New York, hoping to make a connection with a like-minded stranger over the holiday season. Enter Dash, and follow the two of them over New York as they set increasingly out-there challenges for each other. Will it bring them together, or will the notebook always be between them?