Dare to read?


‘Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares’ is a charming, teenage tale which all begins with a red notebook containing the words: “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.” This is the beginning of Dash and Lily’s mysterious adventure.

The notebook embarks on a journey commencing in one of New York’s largest libraries, The Strand, right beside Lily’s favourite book. Dash stumbles upon the journal whilst scanning the shelves and can’t resist the temptation of Lily’s daring game. They complete each dare, leaving the notebook in various locations over the big apple, New York City, for the other to collect. The venture leads to fear, embarrassment and fun; the pair both undertaking things they would have never done before.

When Dash and Lily meet face to face, will they be as well-matched as they appear in writing? Every reader hopes they will be the perfect compatible couple.

The book is told in two voices, those of Dash and Lily, by two authors, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. The alternating chapters gives the reader a real sense of reality of the notebook being passed and highlights the voices and diverse personalities of the main characters. ‘Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares’ is the third book Cohn and Levithan share together and once again they write a quirky and electrifying book. After the success of ‘Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist’ there is no surprise that the pair continue to write together.

‘Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares’ is a cheeky, unique and charming tale which is faultless for its young adult audience and will have each reader smiling, laughing and on the edge of their seat.