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

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Rating: 3/5 stars.

This book was cute and funny, but failed to make me care about the actual characters as opposed to the things happening to them.

I liked the premise. Two unusual individuals communicate through a moleskin notebook and kindle an awkward romance – but meeting in real life brings a myriad of difficulties they never imagined. There were so many interesting ideas in this book: can love really bloom from interactions not taking place in real life? Should one should wait for love to come to them or actively pursue it? And what is love, to be exact?

The flaw that presented itself was the development of these themes – they could have been deep and introspective, but seemed shoddy and stale. Neither Dash or Lily grabbed my heart, and I could barely connect to them through all the random events taking place (for example, when Dash is attacked with snowballs by little kids while carrying a bag of yogurt).

Books from these two authors may not be my thing, but fans of David Levithan and Rachel Cohn’s previous works will probably enjoy Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares.

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