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

Publisher: Harlequin (UK) Ltd

UK Publication Date: 5th October 2013


Ive left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you dont, 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.


Having heard so many good reviews of this book I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. I am glad I did. The only thing I regret is not reading it sooner, and not reading it just before Christmas. This novel is set at Christmas time which is captured beautifully, and why I feel reading just before Christmas would have made it even more magical. Dash’s dislike for the holiday and Lily’s love of it. Both characters are well developed – slightly bizarre characters and extremes but both loveable and intriguing.

This book takes us on the journey of the two teenagers journey to find out about one another through the red notebook which the communicate with. The dares are amusing, and not the typical dares you would imagine. You will find yourself flipping the pages waiting to know what happens, anxiously awaiting them to meet. To find out if they could be friends, more than friends.

A well developed novel that will capture the interests and emotions of many readers.

5 out of 5

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