Wow, it feels like it’s been ages since I reviewed a book. . .
Recently I’ve buddy-read Dash And Lily’s Book Of Dares. The buddy read went really well, and we all really liked the book overall. This is going to be a slightly shorter review than normal as Lia, Eve and I have a planned post coming up!
“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.”
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?
Dash and Lily’s book of dares is a perfect winter/christmas read. It is perfect to curl up with and read all day. I really liked the writing style and the dual PoV, I think that it was one of my favourite aspects of the book. The chapters were really even between the two main characters and I loved that. I feel like it really put the characters as equal and even though it’s a really small part to the book, I feel like it added a lot.
I felt that the characters were both very different people: Lily being fun and a bit immature, while Dash was very sophisticated and used really posh words (it sometimes sounded like he was blurting out words from a dictionary). Dash was pouty and snarly, while I’d like to think go Lily as positive and merry. While they’re totally different: Lily being made alone at christmas while Dash wants to be alone at Christmas, they share a few things too, like their love of the Strand, and books, and I think that deep down they share a lot of the same qualities. Lily had her moody side, and Dash had his fun side.
What I realised through the book was that sometimes Lily felt very sorry for herself and she came across a bit self-centred, though it was only a tiny bit.
Both were very well developed and I think that the dual PoV gave us a lot of detail as to why they did certain things and how their past/ events shape the way that they think about things.
The plot, pace, and. . .
The pace was really great, I feel like the plot and pace were planned out really well as things went steadily upwards, leading up to the ‘main event’. I put that in speech marks as there were A LOT of significant events in the main section of the book.
I wouldn’t way that I was hooked like mad to this book like I have been to some of my current reads, but I found it really nice to have a steady, non-intensive read to tone down my agro November reading.
The plot was crazy and unexpected and a tad light-hearted and made it so sweet to read and had me constantly wanting them to meet! I had read this book last year ( I think) and it was surprising how much I’d forgotten since then. Re-reading it was definitely worth it.
I definitely recommend this book for christmas, especially if you aren’t feeling the Chirstmas vibes yet.
Have you read this book? What did you think? Do you plan to?
What am I reading next? The hobbit & Percy Jackson and The Sea of Monsters.