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

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares
Goodreads Rating: 3.79
Published: 10/26/2010
Page Count: 260
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“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…
3.9Overall Score
  • Characters
  • Cover Art
  • Impact
  • Pacing
  • Plot
  • Writing

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Quick Review

  • I loved this book from the start and was laughing out loud right away.
  • Hilarious, laugh out loud funny.
  • The chapters switch off between the story being narrated from the perspectives of Dash and Lily.
  • I immediately loved the juxtaposition between the Dash and Lily’s personalities.
  • Wordplay is ingenious, light-hearted, and fun (especially Dash’s character)
  • The story never lagged and is interesting throughout.

In Depth Review

This is a terrific and quick little read for the holiday season, for young adults and young-at-heart adults alike. The story is funny as fuck, and I love the well placed obscenities. I immediately fell in love with Dash’s character, who is charming, witty, sardonic, and playful.

i love the unique way that the characters court each other, it’s fun and cute. There are unique twists throughout the book that I did not see coming that keep the pages turning.

If I had to describe this book in two words?: smart and fun.

Audiobook Review

  • There are two narrators, a female, Tara Sands (also voices for Pokémon) who reads the chapters in Lily’s voice, and a male, Ryan Gesell (also an actor) who reads the chapters in Dash’s voice. Both are American’s and narrate with an American accent.
  • The book is not read too slowly, but at a good conversational pace.
  • The narrators do an amazing job of bringing their characters to life, and also a terrific job of voicing the other characters in the story. I don’t care so much for Ryan’s impersonation of females, but I’m sure that’s a personal preference.

Favorite Quotes

“If I hadn’t appreciated her sadism, I would’ve headed straight for the hills. But instead, I headed straight for Santa.”
Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
“But isn’t this a dance? Isn’t all of this a dance? Isn’t that what we do with words? Isn’t that what we do when we talk, when we spar, when we make plans or leave it to chance? Some of it’s choreographed. Some of the steps have been done for ages. And the rest—the rest is spontaneous. The rest has to be decided on the floor, in the moment, before the music ends.”
Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Musical Suggestions

I enjoyed Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares while listening to the playlist “Winter LoFi” on Spotify by Matthew Robinson.

Other books in this series:
The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily2

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