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

Title: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares
Author: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Pages: 272
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0375866590

“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?

REVIEW

The story starts off with Dash picking up a Moleskin notebook after minutes of perusing around a book store. Opening the book and reding what’s inside made Dash curious and in that moment decided that the notebook was worth a shot. And it all started there.

The book had a lot of factors that made it enjoyable and the story is unique. The exchange of dares and insights through a notebook was a great story to start with combined with two teenagers who seemed to be completely opposites made it even more intriguing. Are Lily and Dash going to click or will the exchange be just that? The book in whole is very fun and entertaining but along the way, it got a little slow and boring. The story primarily just revolves around the dares with a little here and there from both the main characters and because of that I found it hard to really connect with the characters. I was looking for something out of the story – reading it feels like there’s something missing but I couldn’t pin point what. In addition to this, I felt the ending needed more development. We read the beginning and how Lily’s and Dash’s story progressed but we failed to read the after, this story may have a follow up or it may not but basing on this book alone, the ending needed more.

Overall, I don’t hate the book but I didn’t fell in love with it either. It is indeed well written and entertaining but failed to connect. It’s worth sharing to friends and fellow readers but to highly recommend it is something to ponder more about.

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