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

 Dash & Lily's Book of DaresDash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“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.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the New York Times bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?

My thoughts:
    It would be believably rude of me to use shallow words to describe this formidable and zestful novel. So, I’m racking my brains out to use highly respectable and profound words….here we go.
    WOW. Words of wonders welcomed me as I opened and read the first few pages of the book. It wasn’t really what you call “attractive words” of the first chapter that captivated me with the book, but by the STORY itself, the CONCEPT and the DEPTH of knowledge embedded with the conversations exchanged by the characters. I absolutely loved the fact that the novel made me feel intelligent and like I’m an omniscient literature reader (even if I’m not much of a deep reader, just a reader for entertainment’s sake), but that’s how I felt while reading (can’t blame me,haha). In consequence, I love Rachel Cohn and David Levithan for that. Into the story.
    Lily and Dash and their cruel but gleeful and enthralling dares. Made my reading the book and buying it worth it. I liked how both characters have their own life story to tell, and they somehow coincide with each other in the Red Moleskine notebook. (I really really want to make an EPIC review about this book because after reading it, I feel EPIC because it’s EPIC. Gosh, what am I doing?) I feel festive, in the mood for lots of merry-making like it’s Christmas. The book made me feel like I was in New York, with them, also feeling the same cold they have (as I did last year when I was there). Making the setting of the story in Christmas time is just PERFecT! As a result, the main topic about LIFE in the book didn’t sound to far-fetched. There were lots of feelings and emotional baggage involved here, but not that those words made you feel depressed, but it kept me thinking. More like “I never thought other people could really think this, and there are still lovely families existing like Lily’s family,etc”. Anyway, soon those wishful thinkings, and talks of hopes and faith turned the “talking” (but more of “writing” in the notebook) into “doing”. I never EVER expected that they met in those circumstances. It was cute how Dash’s friends saw Lily personally first and how Lily’s family saw Dash 1st. As of feelings: I felt heartbroken sometimes, but mostly I was cheery and feeling all-fuzzy inside especially on HOW WELL it turned out in the end. There were lots of unexpected turn-out-of-events that were surely surprising but also endearing. I loved how this thing that happened between Dash and Lily turned out to be very positive, especially for Lily’s social life,haha, having earned girlfriends, not just acquaintances..
    It’s not the Shakespearean kind of romance we all wish for, but it was still OTHER WORDLY and FANTASTIC, and more REALISTIC and that’s why I love it. A truly ENGAGING story. Dash & Lily- I think it’s fate that you met each other, but it’s going to be you who gets Choose what to do afterwards.:)

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Hi there! My name is Jenna. I write and speak to encourage and empower women, equality, freedom, sustainability, and the plant-based lifestyle. For the Kingdom of Jesus. <3

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