Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by R. Cohn and D. Levithan

“Prayer or not, I want to believe that, despite all evidence to the contrary, it is possible to find that one special person…Somebody who wouldn’t judge another for the prepositions they dangle, or their run-on sentences, and who in turn wouldn’t be judged for the snobbery of their language etymology inclinations.”


Synopsis from 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.”

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?

Feelings: The whole meet-cute in this story had me at hello. I could see it all playing out in my head, which I loved. About halfway through, though, I found myself ready for the ending. It was like all the excitement was happening as they were getting to know each other, then I got bored once they actually got closer together. I don’t know. It was enjoyable, for the most part!

This book was funny. I laughed out loud a few times and took pictures of pages because I loved so many quotes. There were a lot of moments that I could really connect to.

Issues: Like I said, I got a wee bit bored at times. I did a little bit of paragraph skimming, searching for the next interesting plot point. It didn’t take me long to find those nuggets of entertainment, though. It’s not like I skimmed half the book.

Characters: This was a let down for me in the realm of character building. Lily was naive and simple and boring. Dash was snarky and broody and boring. The supporting cast, however, was entertaining, funny, and spicy. Lily’s great aunt was indeed, great. Dash’s best friend was indeed, the best. I enjoyed the secondary characters far more than the two title people. I just had zero connection with Lily or Dash, or even Lily and Dash as a couple.

Final thoughts: If you love words even half as much as I do, then you’ll enjoy a good chunk of this book. I read this on a plane and then again in my hotel room. I read it quickly and enjoyed most of it. If you’re looking for a light, easy read that doesn’t take any deep analysis or leave you mopping up tears, then this is a good one for you.

Pick this up if you liked:

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by R. Cohn and D. Levithan

My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins and others

Goodreads rating: 3.84/5

Amazon.com rating: 4.2/5

My rating: 3.75/5

Happy reading! – Caitlyn


3 thoughts on “Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by R. Cohn and D. Levithan

  1. I think I rated this book two stars but I agree with many of the things that you mentioned. The meet-cute had me at hello, too, but I also found myself bored a couple of times, which led me to skimming because I just wasn’t that interested in the story any longer. Lily, tbh, annoyed me too because she came across as just really childish. :/


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