Saturday, June 25, 2011

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

Title: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares
Author: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan 
Published: 2010
Source: Local Library 

“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 New York Times 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? 

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. (taken from
Told from alternating points of view, Dash and Lily's Book of Dares follows two teens on a journey of self-discovery in search for companionship. I have never read a book quite like this, and I doubt that I ever will again. The novel is filled with unique, romantic ideas and conversations. Never before have I encountered a story told with this tone and feel. 

The best part of the novel was the characters, hands down. Dash and Lily truly see the world through different eyes, in ways that no one else does. Dash is conservative and thoughtful, as well as a little nit-picky and sarcastic. Lily, on the other hand, is full of life and love, if a little naive. As a lover of animals and literature, she brings more excitement to Dash's life than he has ever known.

So, you might ask what convinced me to give this book a lower rating, if I loved the characters and romantic ideas so much. To be honest, it is because I was bored during most of the novel. The plot didn't hold my attention. I kept wishing that Dash and Lily would meet, just so I'd have something exciting to read about. 

In the end, I thought Dash and Lily's Book of Dares was an inventive tale of first love. Even if I didn't love the story, I am not at all sorry that I read it. I'd recommend it to anyone that enjoys a tame but creative story of young love.


We Heart YA said...

Great review. Like you, we thought the book was fun, but not very compelling.

Dahlia (TheBookShopaholic) said...

I always meant to buy this, but I never did. So, sad to hear it was boringish....

Ashley said...

I've been really looking forward to this one, thinking it sounded really fun and cute. I'm bummed to hear that you didn't really love it. :(