Book Review: “Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares”

I recently read Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares and fell in love with it!  It’s co-authored by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.

Netflix has been pumping out new series to watch, and Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares is one of their recent releases.  I hadn’t watched it yet, but I spotted the book on the YA shelf, so I decided to try it. 

What a fun read!  It starts with Dash finding a red notebook on the shelves of a beloved bookstore.  A mysterious girl wrote a series of riddles and challenges in it.  He is curious and decides to play along.  The book follows Lily and Dash criss-crossing New York, completing dares and getting to know each other by writing in the notebook, passing it back and forth.  I enjoyed their playful banter in the notebook.  I love books that switch between characters’ points of view, and this one has Lily and Dash’s sections alternately written by the two co-authors, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, respectively.  You wonder if they will ever meet and what they will think of each other when they finally meet in person.  Will they like the in-person version, or will they wish they had stayed inside the notebook?

Since I finished the book, I have started watching the Netflix series.  It is different than the book, as it always is, but it has been a fun ride as well.  I highly recommend both as a fun escape from pandemic life.

Review by Amanda Walden, Children’s Room Staff.

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