Recent Reads, 9/40: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares


After the last book fiasco (okay, it wasn’t that bad, but…it was rough), this was exactly what I needed.
The perfect, meaningless palette cleanser.

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares is a super simple book. Less than 300 pages and fluffy as the snow that falls in the book.
If you’re familiar with Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (I’ve only ever seen the movie…it’s a guilty pleasure), these are the same two authors of that book. Rachel Cohn and David Levithan take turns writing chapters…Cohn does Lily’s parts and Levithan does Dash’s. It makes sense, considering the premise of the book.

It’s a few days before Christmas and Dash is spending time alone in his favorite bookstore perusing books by his favorite author when he finds a red Moleskin notebook sandwiched between the copies. He opens and reads it and inside is a list of clues…dares, if you will. Dash is instantly intrigued and follows the clues, eventually getting involved in a little game of getting to know a complete stranger and daring the other to go to great lengths to get the book.
Dash is a bit pretentious and cynical, loathing Christmas. Lily is all about her family and the holiday season.
Ultimately, the characters need to figure out if all of the work is worth it, or if they are setting themselves up for disappointment. Can anyone be as good as the person you imagine in your head?

A nice fluffy story. I didn’t love or hate it. I stayed entertained mildly throughout.

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