Sunday, April 10, 2011

Dash and Lily's Book of Dares

Review Time! I recently checked out a copy of this book from the library so I checking this on off my bucket list! I haven't read anything else written by David Levithan or Rachel Cohn but according to everyone else, they write fantastic books so I decided to see for myself. I currently in a contemporary/romance binge so this fits right in...

( Goodreads ) “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.”

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 Short Story ? - A cute love story told from alternating perspectives of our main characters, Dash and Lily. Fantastic writing, clever plot and a romance that gives ' love at not first sight' a whole new meaning! Funny, witty and perfect for a weekend read! Bookie Approves!

The Long Story ? - This book made me laugh out loud, it was hilarious. I can't even remember the last time I had so much fun reading a book! It wasn't that kind of book that made you giggle because the character is doing something extremely embarrassing but the kind of book makes you laugh because the characters are portrayed so well that even their sense of humour is carried through the pages.

If I was going to host a dinner party with my favourite fictional characters, Dash and Lily are definitely on the list. They were so real to me, portrayed so well, it still leaves me doubtful when I think that they're only fiction. Their personalities hold both strengths and weaknesses, flaws and perfections giving them realistic touch! Plus, brownie points for characterisation since both Dash and Lily likes to read!

The plot was another highlight for me, it was very clever... and cute. Based around this red notebook that  Dash find in the Strand ( yes I'm talking reader terms for the BIG bookstore), which contain dares that Lily's has written. It's the start of a big adventure for both characters as they travel all around New York. Honestly, I'm simply blown away by how cleverly written this books is, these dares are written like riddles and how the authors come up with them still puzzles me.

More than anything though, I think I liked the romance the best. A love story about a girl and a boy who falls in love with each other through this red notebook. A love story about internal battles where you can't decided whether you like them or the idea of them. A love story about whether that special someone who understands you on every level really exists. Bottom line, it's a fantastic love story!

Overall, Dash and Lily's Book of Dares is a quirky, cute and funny love story with a great sense of adventure. It's a book about finding yourself, your values and that special someone. It's a book about being bought together by fat. Beautiful writing, clever plot, fantastic characters and a whole lot of adventure. Dash and Lily's Book of Dares is a book every romance and contemporary lover should read!

Rating - 4/5

Badass Bookie xx


  1. A great review for a great book! Dash is one of my favourite book guys ever :)

  2. Great review, I agree with everything you've said! The funniest part for me was when Dash had to rub Santa's belly to get the notebook. I was literally laughing out loud! XD I also loved Lily's family. They are a very awesome group of people.

  3. Glad you enjoyed the book. Adding it to my TBR list. Great review!!! Old follower stopping by.

  4. Everyone seems to love this book, and quite frankly, I got tired of hearing about it. But I enjoyed your review and now you've made me want the book. :)

  5. I haven't read this one yet, but I absolutely adore Rachel Cohn. I definitely recommend her book Gingerbread!

  6. Wow, what a nice review Lisa. It sounds like you really liked this one! I can't wait to read it myself, although I definitely prefer the US edition to the Australian one...