BOOK REVIEW: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

dash & lily's book of dares

3 stars




“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 ofNick & 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?





The big thing that bothered me about this book is the instalove that didn’t even seem like a romance.

Seriously, the romance didn’t even seem like romance. It didn’t seem like any love was between Dash and Lily. I feel like they were just in love with the idea of each other, the idea that they both understand each other and that they belong together. They seem to be more in love with each other’s words than themselves. Which is completely fine if this book didn’t try to pass this “romance” as a romance.

I think they should’ve just stayed mutual friends.

The only word I could really use to describe this book is “cute”. Like “aww look at baby Charlie just fell in a mud puddle” type of cute.

I was drawn to this book by the premise of the notebook inside the bookstore in New York called The Strand. I think bookstores are romantic but this book (as mentioned) was not that type of romantic.

I enjoyed this book enough to like it and enough to unlike it so much that it’s stuck in the middle with 3 stars.


A gif that sums up my reaction:



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