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Format: Hardcover
I'll be honest with you: this is going to be less of a review and more of a love letter to a book. It's not my favoured approach, I'll admit, but as I see it there'll be plenty of objective reviews out there and on this occasion I can't be objective. This book is a love letter to readers. It's only fair that I write one back.

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares opens in the Strand, New York: the bookstore of all bookstores. It's Christmastime, and a boy named Dash is perusing the shelves just because he can. It's there that he finds a red Moleskine notebook that first sends him on a bookish treasure hunt and then prompts him to enter into correspondence with its author, Lily. Soon Dash and Lily are exchanging messages in the Moleskine, sharing stories and compelling each other to seek the notebook out in hiding places around the city. And before long, they're wondering just what they mean, or might mean, to each other.

As in the much-loved Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, Dash & Lily's Book of Dares is narrated by its leads in alternating points of view, with Rachel Cohn writing Lily's chapters and David Levithan writing Dash's. Less cool and a little more contemplative than Nick and Norah, Dash and Lily share that same sweet brand of hesitant chemistry that soon has the reader utterly convinced that these two would be great together. I have to confess I initially found the hopeful and insecure Lily easier to believe in than Dash, whose unfaltering literariness is probably as unlikely as it is magnificent, but eventually I realised that's kind of the point. There's an element of fiction to everyone, even in real life. This book knows it, and so does Dash.

While Dash & Lily's Book of Dares is both captivating and entertaining, most of all it's a book overflowing with ideas.
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because it reminded me so much of one of my favourite films of all time. A french film starring the beautiful Marion Cotillard called "Jeux D'enfants" or in English "Love Me If You Dare", although literally it means, "Child's Play". The whole film revolved around best friends Julien and Sophie who dare each other from childhood to adulthood with a tin box that they pass from one to the other as each dare is completed. As they grow up, the dares become more daring and risky. Suffice it to say, it's a great film.

But that aside - I bought the book because it followed the same concept, and therefore, I had a feeling it would be just as great.
I was wrong, because it surpassed greatness.

I have not been obsessed with a book this way in such a long time. This book is absolutely incredible in every way possible. I know I'm gushing here, but I honestly cannot help it! Dash and Lily are both such great characters. In fact, I've decided I'm calling my children Dash and Lily (and not Dash short for Dashiell, but just Dash, as in the connector of words).

Dash is, as Lily likes to put it, quite dashing. And Lily is the perfect teen model. It is extremely easy to fall for the both of them, and from the very beginning you root for them, wanting this to work out so bad. When Lily messed up at one point, I was literally at the edge of my seat wanting to scream, "NO! NO! NO!" Thankfully, it didn't last long, I couldn't have handled it otherwise.

Dash is such a clever, smart-mouthed, witty, yet cynical guy with information flowing out of him in such a remarkable, yet amusing manner that it makes him seem almost unreal. Whereas Lily is a little more believable, more human - if you may.
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For a YA romance book, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares really isn’t that romantic. I must admit though, it is very Christmassy. I’m so super glad I read it over the winter season, I think it gave the book an extra magical sort of touch. Christmas is a great holiday, and an awesome thing to write about because it’s something that so many people get involved in and it changes everybody’s mood.

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.
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