How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Harlequin UK Ltd
“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?
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.
I’d heard a lot about this book before I decided to read it, so I was trying to not get my hopes up about it. I’ve mentioned before that sometimes I go with the hype of a book and find myself becoming disappointed with it. So I tried to forget all that I’ve read about this book to give it a fair chance. I haven’t read anything by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn before so I was really excited for my first venture into their writing.
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares is incredibly easy to read. I didn’t love it as much as I’d hoped, but I was interested enough in finding out what happened to Dash and Lily. I wasn’t a big fan of Lily or Dash but I think Lily was the most likeable of the two. I found Dash quite snobby- not an endearing trait for me. I know he does have reasons for the way he is, I just couldn’t find that connection with him. I did really respect that they didn’t instantly fall in love. We all know there’s too much of that in Young Adult writing.
I thought the idea of having a book of dares shared between strangers was incredibly sweet. I loved how much they were into literature too. Always a bonus! I began to feel that the dares went on for a bit too long. I would’ve liked to read more about their interactions together when they actually met. I enjoyed the storyline though and I thought the ending was particularly cute.
The book is written from both Dash and Lily’s points of view. Rachel wrote Lily’s chapters and David wrote Dash’s chapters. I think this worked. It was particularly noticeable as they have different writing styles. It worked because it made the character’s voices feel different.
I did enjoy Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. It may not have been a perfect read for me, but it was quick, easy and enjoyable. I will definitely try reading Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist as I did like the writing styles of David Levithan and Rachel Cohn.
Would I recommend it?:
Wintergirls- Laurie Halse Anderson