Title: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares
Author: David Levithan, Rachel Cohn
Release Date: October 2010
Published By: Knopf Books
Goodreads Rating: 3.93 stars
Review: Lily has left a red notebook on the shelves of a bookstore in New York City, just waiting for the right guy to come along and follow the clues inside. As Dash and Lily exchange dares, dreams, and desires in the pages of the notebook from various locations in the city, they start to wonder. Could they connect as well in-person as they do in the notebook? Or will they be a cosmic mismatch of disastrous proportions?
As you can tell just from reading the summary, the concept of DASH AND LILY'S BOOK OF DARES is adorable. Not to mention that, hello, David Levithan and Rachel Cohn wrote it, so obviously this book is more or less destined to be great. It came as no surprise to me that every word of this book lived up to my expectations of both a fun and heart-warming romance.
Every romance is only as good as the two characters involved, and can I just say, Dash was perfect. He was witty, kind, vulnerable, and oh-so-real, and it was not hard at all to feel that side of the romance. Initially, however, I was lukewarm towards Lily as she came across as a bit too annoying and uptight, but over time, my feelings towards her relaxed and I liked her as well.
But what I loved most about this book is that it wasn't as predictable as you might expect. From the summary, you would think this is a novel where the guy and the girl meet through cute notebook exchanges and then eventually meet up and since they are obviously perfect for each other, they fall into obvious perfect love. But it wasn't like that. Much more realistically, things weren't so simple when they actually met in person, and while the ending wasn't precisely what I'd been rooting for, I could understand it.
All in all, DASH AND LILY'S BOOK OF DARES had exactly the kind of quality you would expect upon seeing the authors' names stamped across the cover. From the adorable romance to the incredibly written characters, everything about this book is simultaneously transporting and real. Even the end is perfect, if a bit on the painful side of honest. I would recommend this to anyone who's a fan of either of these authors, or wants to try them out for the first time.