Book Review: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares


The reason why I bought this book was because Fully Booked had no stock of Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes (which I asked them to reserve a copy for me). I have to admit, I just grabbed this book because it seemed interesting, and I also can’t find a copy of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. So on with the review.

I didn’t expect that much from the book, being unfamiliar with books written by both Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. But overall the book is good, it got me to thinking about the concept of love. Before for me it was just you either fall for a person, or you are in love with the idea of love. After reading the book, another thought bubble is present. Are you in love with a person because of who that person really is, or because of your idea of who that person is?

It’s an interesting book, that I have to admit(made me laugh). Dash and Lily seemed to be teenagers that can exist in real life (versus your vampire and werewolf teenagers). Their struggles are very much the same as of ordinary teenagers. Dash ,being a product of a broken family, seems to be struggling with trusting people while Lily , opposite of Dash, is too overprotected, shielded from shit that life can suddenly throw at you.

I realized, that sometimes, well most of the time, you have to take that plunge and discover the harsh reality that the person you imagined in you mind is not who that person really is. Then it’s either you like him or you hate him, either way the illusion is gone and all that you are left with is the real person in front of you.

If you can’t face the risk of destroying the image of who you thought that person is in your head, then it is best to preserve the perfect made up person you have (but then again, wouldn’t you want to know if the conjured up image is better in real life?).

The storytelling is different, it revolved around a red moleskin notebook and how Dash and Lily got to know each other through that notebook (exchanging dares and thoughts). It was an interesting take on the he said, she said bit which worked well for me. However, I was disappointed with the ending, it was a bit to cliche for me but still a good read.

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