Review: Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

Title: Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

Author: Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Series: N/A, Standalone

Genre: Romance, Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Humor, Chic Lit

Publisher: Knopf Book for Young Readers

Publication Date: October 26, 2010

Pages: 260 Pages

My Rating: 3 Stars

“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.

  The first thing that drawed me into this book was when I learned about the two authors not planning anything out, just passing their chapters between each other, much like how Dash and Lily passed the red notebook on to each other. 

  I liked this book in a sense that it was very realistic, not in sense that it really captivated me. It didn't draw me in, didn't make me feel like I am part of the novel itself, but it sure was cute and entertaining. 

  I may not have enjoyed this book as much as others did, but I still think that it's a great book. There were so many great quotes that I picked up from here. I'm sure if I were another person, I would have enjoyed this more. 

“You think fairy tales are only for girls? Here's a hint - ask yourself who wrote them. I assure you, it wasn't just the women. It's the great male fantasy - all it takes is one dance to know that she's the one. All it takes is the sound of her song from the tower, or a look at her sleeping face. And right away you know - this is the girl in your head, sleeping or dancing or singing in front of you. Yes, girls want their princes, but boys want their princesses just as much. And they don't want a very long courtships. They want to know immediately.”

“The important people in our lives leave imprints. They may stay or go in the physical realm, but they are always there in your heart, because they helped form your heart. There's no getting over that.”

“I mean, what if love isn't a yes-or-no question? It's not either you're in love or you're not. I mean, aren't there different levels? And maybe these things, like words and expectations and whatever, don't go on top of the love. Maybe it's like a map, and they all have their own place, and then when you see it from the sky - whoa.

“You want meaning? Well, the meanings are out there. We're just so damn good at reading them wrong.”

"The reward is in the risk."

"So even though it doesnt seem like anything's changed, things change all the time, mostly in little ways. That's how it goes, I guess."

"But the universe doesn't decide what's right or not right. You do."

"It's up to you, not fate."

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