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

Dash and Lily are two normal teenagers. Dash just endured a long and hard struggle throughout the divorce of his parents. The book takes place around Christmas, when both of Dash’s parents and Lily’s parents go on a Christmas Vacation.

Dash wanders into his favorite secondhand bookshop. He was browsing his favorite author, when he notices a red moleskine notebook. He opens it, and in it the beginning of a treasure hunt. He follows the treasure hunt, and is extremely intrigued when it asks him if he is a teenager boy. If he wanted to give up at any time, or was not a teenager boy, he was instructed to replace the book where he found it. Dash accepts the challenge, and the last thing written so far in the book was to give the notebook and his email to a man in the front. Dash, instead of doing what the notebook asked, took the notebook for himself, and left clues for the next ‘dare’.

The notebook was from Lily, her way of finding a friend. She was looking for a companion, a partner, a boyfriend. She figured that if he was willing to do all the dares, he might be the one for her.

Throughout that Christmas, the notebook passed hands continually. They shared their deepest darkest secrets, and told each other things they haven’t told anyone else.

The question is- do they ever meet? Do they ever become more than a picture in the other’s mind? Read this book to find out!

Personal Opinion: Although this novel isn’t the best written book, it is a nice, feel good story for Thanksgiving break. It is one of those books that you can curl up with a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy by the fireplace. It is not very advanced, the words being simple and precise instead of long and intense. (Jade’s review 3/5)


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