Recollections: Reviews by a Book Lover

Review: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

DashDash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

What it is about:  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. (Summary from

What I Liked:

Lily and Dash are two very different people. They meet because of the red moleskin notebook.  Dash decides to see where the notebook will lead him, and in turn he makes the writer of the notebook go on an adventure too.  Lily and Dash are both alone for the holidays, because their parents have gone away (yes the convenient no parental figures around so you can get away with things you normally wouldn’t is in effect).  I like how both Lily and Dash take a chance on a stranger.  Lily does have precautions put in place though by having Dash hand off the notebook to a family member, so they know Dash is a teenage boy.

Dash & Lily’s adventure starts off when the red moleskin notebook is left on a shelf in the Strand.  I’m not going to lie here, the main reason I wanted to read Dash & Lily was because I knew the Strand played a part in the book.  Have you ever been to the Strand?  If you answered no to the previous question, are a lover of books, and live anywhere near NYC, then you need to make visiting the Strand a must!  The Strand is pure booklover bliss.

This book takes place over Dash & Lily’s Christmas break.  It was recommended I read it around that time of year, so I started it a few days before Christmas and finished it around New Years.  I discovered this really is the best time to read the book!  You’re in the Christmas mood, Lily is in the Christmas mood, and Dash, well, Dash can’t wait for the Christmas season to end.