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


Rachel Cohn & David Levithan


Now a Netflix original series starring Austin Abrams and Midori Francis! A whirlwind holiday season romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. 
“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.”

16-year-old Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on her favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. Dash, in a bad mood during the holidays, happens to be the first guy to pick up the notebook and rise to its challenges.

What follows is a whirlwind romance as Dash and Lily trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations all across New York City. But can their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions, or will their scavenger hunt end in a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

Co-written by Rachel Cohn (GINGERBREAD) and David Levithan, co-author of WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON with John Green (THE FAULT IN OUR STARS), DASH & LILY’S BOOK OF DARES is a love story that will have readers scouring bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.


Earlier this month Netflix released Dash & Lily as a series for the holidays. After watching it and really enjoying it I was curious about the book and what reviewers had to say about it. I started reading reviews and I came upon one from 8 years ago about how there was too much gay in this book; “It felt a little gay preachy.”

My experience with the book was much different from that reviewers. Yes, there is a gay relationship in the book but I never once thought the book was pushing a gay agenda. Lily’s brother is gay and it felt like reading about a secondary character being in a relationship.

I thought the Netflix adaption was 5 stars so I wanted to see if the book was too. Of course, somethings were different between the book and the adaptation but that’s to be expected. I personally liked the Netflix version more than the book.

If you haven’t watched it yet… have fun experiencing it.

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