Cupcake Review: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares (2010) by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Cupcake (Mini) Review

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan (2010)

Suggested age range: 13 and up

(Knopf, 260 pages)

Rating: 5/5 stars

Source: Library

Genre: Contemporary Young Adult, Realistic

dash and lily

*There is a new feature on the blog—Cupcake Reviews! These are like mini book reviews; they may not be as long as regular reviews, and they are short and sweet! Just as we love to bake cakes and cupcakes, we like to write long reviews and mini ones. Enjoy!

“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.”

The Book: It’s almost Christmas and Lily is looking for love. Dash discovers a red notebook while browsing through books at New York City’s famous Strand bookstore. The notebook belongs to Lily, a teenager who has left a series of dares for a boy who feels up to the challenge. Dash’s completion of the first set of dares sets in motion a relationship via the red notebook that brings the two teenagers closer and closer together. Will they ever meet? Will the idea of one another match up with the real Dash and Lily?

The Final Word: This book is filled with so many laugh aloud moments. It’s a fun, light read that illustrates the beauty of letter writing and appreciating the geography of one’s hometown. It’s also a story that asks questions about finding that “special” someone and how relationships work and don’t work. Dash and Lily both experience their own set of adventures and the pace of the book is perfect—giving readers moments to reflect on the characters, and providing those on the edge of your seat moments—oh no, how is this gong to work out?!?! It’s a fabulous book, and will have you looking for a red notebook the next time you drop into the Strand.



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