Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares – Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

“December 21st
Imagine this: 
You’re in your favourite bookstore, scanning the shelves. You get to the section where your favourite author’s books reside, and there, nestled in comfortably between the incredibly familiar spines, sits a red notebook.
What do you do?
The choice, I think, is obvious:
You take down the red notebook, and open it. 
And then you do whatever it tells you to do.”

When Lily and her brother leave a red notebook on her favourite bookshelf in her favourite bookshop she hopes that the right guy will come along and snap it up. Dash is alone this Christmas and the red notebook daring him to do things outside of his comfort zone is just the right thing to occupy him. The two chase each other across manhattan, leaving the notebook in predetermined places with people linked to them. They’re falling in love on paper but could walk past one another in the street and never know it… But is the person on paper the same as the person in real life? Will the real thing stand up to the idea in Dash and Lily’s heads?

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What a perfect combination of humour, romance and emotion. I loved Dash and Lily’s and I can not praise it enough. It’s definitely a must read coming up to Christmas and I now it’ll be my book equivalent of Love Actually and Miracle on 34th Street, the movies I always revisit on the run up to Christmas! 
The story is brilliant, not only do the two get to know each other via the notebook but they push each other out of their comfort zones and into adventure. I loved that Lily was such a sweet, kinda naive, but also such a goody-too-shoes and Dash pulled her out of that and made her experience new things and she enjoyed them! I love that Dash was so daring and yet so bookish (he’d appreciated that) but very much stuck in his own ways and Lily made him change that. The notebook was just a small part of their lives though and both of them had other things going on. Dash had to come to terms with stuff happening in his life and the fact he was alone down to his own doing but he probably hadn’t thought it through fully when he arranged that. Lily had problems with her social skills, she had to find herself and realise that she can’t just be her grandpas little girl, she came across as really young for 16 and I liked that that was something approached within the story. She was treated as a little girl and she let it happen but her brother knew she needed to grow up a bit and pushed her along in the best way he could. I loved the change in Lily as the book progressed and she was easily my favourite character. 
The side characters were fantastically developed and I loved the relationship that they had with their main character. Boomer was brilliant, I loved his name and his personality and his loyalty. Lily compares him to a dog and I could definitely see that resemblance. I loved that although he met Lily for his best friend when Dash and Lily wanted to keep things separate, him and Lily became friends too, though Boomer would be friends with anything I’m sure! Another brilliant character was Great-aunt Ida; she was like Lily’s accomplice, her partner in crime, and she helped Lily in her tasks and getting her out of trouble. I loved the part where she meets Dash and interrogates him, he meets her approval but she doesn’t actually let him know that. She is brilliant and I loved her so much. 
One of the best things about this book is the humour, I laughed out loud many times whilst reading and I couldn’t get enough of Dash’s voice and his humour. I loved his fascination with words as I could seriously relate to that! I also loved the connection to books and other pop culture references, any book that mentions John Hughes movies is genius in my mind! As I say, Dash and Lily is a must read and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good romance! 
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares was released on October 5th by MiraInk. My copy was sent from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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  • M

    I really enjoyed this too! You’re right, it’s a good choice for a good-humoured Christmas romance.

  • I loved this book too, such a fun read!

  • Was thinking of saving this for christmas, but might read it now anyway!

  • Amazing review! I actually HAVE to read this now! I think i’ll read it around Christmas time – get me in the Christmas mood!

  • This is the perfect Christmas book- so cute, I loved it!