Dash and Lily by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan Book Review

Author Information

Rachel grew up in the D.C. area and graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in Political Science. She has written many YA novels, including three that she cowrote with her friend and colleague David Levithan. She lives and writes (when she’s not reading other people’s books, organizing her music library or looking for the best cappuccino) in New York City. 

David Levithan (born 1972) is an American children’s book editor and award-winning author. He published his first YA book, Boy Meets Boy, in 2003. Levithan is also the founding editor of PUSH, a Young Adult imprint of Scholastic Press.

Book Description

“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.”

So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. 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?

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.


Thoughts and Themes: So I had this book sitting on my shelves but decided not to read it since it didn’t look like something I would be interested in. I then watched the tv series and loved it so I decided to return back to the book. I decided to listen to it on audio and this book was so similar to the TV show that I loved it.

I really liked how close the television show was to this book. The book was such a cute and easy read that I could listen to this one more than once. I want to read more of the books in this series to see if the tv show continues with those or what direction it goes in.

Characters: In this book you get introduced to Dash and Lily who are our main characters, and you briefly get to meet other people who are in their lives. I liked each of the characters that you meet in this book and thought it was great to see the people in Lily’s life support her.

I liked reading all the different interactions that both Dash and Lily have with the people who hold the notebook. I really liked the moment that Dash meets Lily’s aunt since that was really funny. There are so many moments in this book that are filled with humor and also moments that are just cute.

Writing Style: The story is told in two point of views, Dash and Lily, and in first person. I really enjoy how the story goes back and forth between these two characters so you can read as they chase one another. I liked reading as these two chase each other and reading both of their perspectives on what is happening.

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