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Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares

Official Stuff –

Authors – David Levithan and Rachel Cohn

Pages – 272

Publisher – Ember

Summary –

“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 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?

My Rating – 4 Stars

*I received a digital copy of this novel from Netgalley on behalf of Harlequin UK Ltd*

Dash (real name Dashiell) is a teenage boy in NYC that is spending his Christmas holidays alone. His divorced parents are off vacationing with their partners after he lied to each parent about which parent’s house he was actually spending the holidays.

Lily is a teenage girl in NYC that is sort of spending the holidays alone. Her older brother has been charged to watch over her while their parents are in Fiji on the honeymoon they never got to go on before. At least that’s the reason they tell Lily. There may possibly be another reason.

Lily’s brother, Langston and his boyfriend Benny have devised a plan to get Lily a boyfriend. Sounds hokey, right? It’s actually not. It’s surprisingly cute. They plant a red moleskin notebook in The Strand (a book store in NYC) with a series of clever clues, dares, and hints. Dash is immediately intrigued and responds.

Communication and a little flirting ensue as they leave the notebook in various locations through the city for each other. Friends and family are enlisted; Lily has a very large, very colorful family and Dash has a few friends, the most likeable was Boomer.

It’s not really a love story but more of a story about how two people meet under strange circumstances. Lily is freaking adorable. She’s so weird. But weird like I wish she was real and we had been friends in high school. She wears majorette boots and likes to bake cookies and wears the same winter hat she’s had since elementary school. She has a very severe emotional attachment to a gerbil she lost in kindergarten. I loved her.

Dash however, that leads me to why this book didn’t get 5 stars. Dash as he’s described in the book is “Snarly. Hipster wannabe.” He is so frigging pretentious at the beginning of the book, that for the first few chapters I almost put the book down. Lily’s POV (the book alternates POV) was the book’s saving grace. I honestly couldn’t stand Dash for about 89% of the book. He does get better, sorta. We do get a little backstory of his childhood (courtesy of Boomer) on why he is such a pompous ass and that makes you forgive his douchiness a bit.

Also, this knocked the rating down smidge “I turned around and saw a girl who looked college age, dressed like Hermione Potter.” Hermione Potter? Let’s hope it was meant to be ironic, which I don’t believe because it was during Lily’s POV she goes on to mention how she was always jealous of Hermione because she got to live at Hogwarts and be friends with Harry and kiss Ron (see? LOVE HER), so I’m thinking a character like Lily would know Hermione’s last name. Either way, it cost you a house point.

Final thoughts? Read it. If you can look past Dash’s annoying hipster “I tack book quotes on my bedroom wall which shows that I’m super intelligent” attitude, and fall in love with Lily like I did, then I think you’ll enjoy it.

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares