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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

BBReview: "Dash & Lily's Book of Dares" By Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Genre: Young Adult - Contemporary
Publishing Date: October 26th, 2010
Page Count: 260
Source: Requested from NetGalley
Format: E-Book

Description from Goodreads.com:
"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?

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.

Review:
I dont really know what exactly I was expecting from Dash & Lily's Book of Dares but whatever those expectations were, they were met. This is just such a geat contemporary. I really loved that it was winter themed and took place in New York. New York is one of my favorite places and it just made it fitting to read a winter book duing the winter. I absolutely loved the concept of them running around town and corresponding to each other only in the notebook. It is such a romantic idea to find a notebook on a bookstore shelf and find your perfect match. I also really liked that the story was told from both Dash and Lily's point of view. I love it when there is more than one person narrating. It makes me feel like I know more about the story.

I feel like the characters were very well done. Each character definitely had their own flair and personality. I really loved Dash's friend Boomer. He was just such a unique character who walked to the beat of his own drum. He was so hilaious and innocent, i just loved him. I think Dash was the perfect guy. He may have been a little different and maybe a tad douchy sometimes, but he was overall a real gentleman and wasn't afaid to put himself out there. Lily wasn't my favorite character. She was just a little too immature for me. I think she was hilarious and I really liked her towards the end of the book once she started sticking up for herself, but in the beginning I just couldn't relate to her. I loved her spunkness, though. She was such an oddball and was hilarious when she would do some of the crazy things Dash made her do.

I was honestly rooting for Dash and Lily to work out the entire time. They really are a great match for each other and it was so nerve racking to see if things were going to work out for them or not. This is the part where the book lost a star from me. The entire story was really great with all of this built up tension for Dash and Lily to finally meet each other and then in the end it just all kind of seemed to fall flat. I don't really know how the ending could have been better, though. I feel like maybe this subject of people only talking via the written word is too tough of a subject to have one of those really great endings. Overall, though, I really enjoyed the story.

Overall:
Dash & Lily's Book of Dares was a very nice story. It is such a romantic idea to think you could meet someone through a secret journal at a bookstore. It really makes you want to go around and look for your own red notebook. I loved that it was told in both Dash and Lily's point of views and that most of the book was them running around town to figure out each other's clues. I didn't connect with Lily's charaacter very much in the beginning because of how innocent she was, but by the end I really loved her character. I think all the characters were great. I felt like the ending wasn't perfect, but overall it was a really great story with a very sweet and light plot.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4/5




**The books cover, description, and info was all found and borowed from Goodreads.com. A link back to it's Goodreads site has been provided. All other work and ideas are of my own creation. This novel was sent to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchannge for an honest review.**

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