BOOK REVIEW: Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

If I’m being honest I must tell you… I’ve read Dash & Lily's Book of Dares every single Thanksgiving since its publication in 2010 to prep for the holidays; so this year, when I decided to upgrade to a Kindle copy and spotted the new cover proclaiming NETFLIX I just about had heart failure. You. Guys! This book has been such a huge part of my life for a decade now, so seeing it come to the small screen? Dying! But I digress…

It’s Christmastime in Manhattan. Sixteen-year-old Lily {aka Shrilly} is gearing up for the most wonderful time of the year; while Dash and his holiday-loathing heart is merely trying to make it to the new year without his divorced parents realizing that he’s pulled the wool over their eyes and spending the holidays a-l-o-n-e. But let’s backtrack a bit.

When Lily’s parents decide to take the honeymoon they could never afford during the winter holidays, and her grandfather beats a hasty retreat to sunny Florida to woo his girlfriend, Lily is disgruntled and a little depressed. Her older brother, Langston, however, is here. for. it. Langston knows that this is his chance to take over their gorgeous NYC apartment {his boyfriend Benny by his side}. The only thing left to do is to snap Lily out of her funk {and out of his perfectly mussed hair}; thus, Langston and Benny craft a brilliant idea involving a red Moleskine and the highly-frequented independent bookstore, the Strand.

Sixteen-year-old Dash is determined to make it through the holidays undetected. You see, as the child of divorced parents whom refuse to engage in conversation with one another, Dash has successfully managed to convince both of his parents that he’s spending the holidays with the other. Reality? He’s spending the holidays all by his lonesome - aside from the occasional pop-in from his excessively exuberant bestie Boomer; and his quiet interludes spent browsing his favorite haunt, the Strand. Which is precisely how he becomes embroiled in the great Moleskine adventure, and finds himself falling for the person found within its pages.

At its heart, Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares {told in alternating chapters btw} is a scavenger hunt - one that takes the reader on an adventure through the five boroughs, and into the brains of two bibliophiles whose banter is endearing and connection is undeniable. Lighthearted and quirky, this isn’t your average Christmas book; but that’s okay. This is one that will make your heart grow three sizes by book end; and leave Dash & Lily {along with a huge range of humorous secondary characters} ingrained in your brain forevermore. This is a new classic that you absolutely cannot miss! NOTE: read it while sipping hot chocolate by the Christmas tree for the full holiday reading experience!

Star Rating: *****



ellie said...

Sounds like the perfect holiday read!

Caitlin'nMegan said...

It's always on my list but I have never gotten around to it yet! Definitely, need it this year!

Ivy's Closet said...

Adoring that holiday touch NYC style. Loved the review!

R's Rue said...

Love it.

Ananka said...

Sounds good, will need to check it out :-D

Better Left Unsaid said...

I didn't know it was on Netflix now! Its a fun holiday story! Thanks for the fun review!

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